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Working for Chicago

Impacting economic mobility and improving the quality of life of our job seekers requires an ecosystem of partner organizations collaborating to serve our communities. We work with dozens of local agencies to share resources, host events, and get Chicago back to work.


Upcoming Community Events

Alongside our local partner network, we host a number of events for community based organizations and job seekers, including job fairs, hiring events, and employer spotlights.

Investing in Myself

My experience working with Skills was good because not only did I gain a job, but also life skills I can keep applying in multiple areas. I feel that BMO Harris Bank is the place for me because it's helping me open up more. I've actually started working on my business that I'm trying to open up right now, so BMO's actually put me in alignment with my life purpose and what I have going for myself. I feel like I'm completing my life goals.

Mariah C. Customer Experience Representative, BMO Harris Bank Referred to Skills by IDES, Placed Spring 2021

Access More Resources

Browse videos, event listings, and articles from Skills and our network of community partners. Our new resource database provides job seekers with support in the areas of tech readiness, interview prep, housing and food security, and more.


Browse Resources & Submit Your Own

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Along with our partners Cara Chicago and Instituto del Progreso Latino, we founded the CBO Collective in 2019. 

The Collective exists to provide employers with a central point of access for local talent that face barriers to employment. We formed the CBO Collective to increase employment of Chicago’s South and West Side residents by aligning corporate demand with a collective workforce development approach.

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Individuals served by members’ workforce-focused programming


Individuals placed directly into jobs by CBOC member organizations



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