Partnerships: Lively Arts Dance Academy

The Community House LyArts Program is excited to announce a brand new partnership with Lively Arts Dance Academy. Register to dance today!

Lively Arts Dance Academy is a family owned business united by a passion for dance,  committed to cultivating an exciting and developmental experience for their students.

Our very own, Jimmy McDermott, LyArts Program Director had this to say about our exciting new partnership:

“LyArts is excited to collaborate with Lively Arts Dance. This dance studio has now taken up residency here at The Community House, offering classes for students 18 months to 18 years. We look forward to growing the program beyond that.

If you’re looking for ballet, jazz, lyrical or musical theater at any level, there is something here for you. Many of our young Stage Door Fine Arts performers have trained with Lively Arts as well. So, it’s a natural fit. And we are thrilled to now serve as an interdisciplinary hubfor performing arts in our community.”




A Tribute to Ly Hotchkin

Ly Hotchkin, 2018 Holiday Ball

A Beautiful Life and an Unparalleled Legacy, a Tribute to Ly Hotchkin

by Executive Director, Dan Janowick

Ly Hotchkin, who led TCH for more than 30 years as Executive Director, passed away this week. Ly was an inspiration to so many who have walked the halls of The Community House, myself included. Her energy, wit, and enthusiasm were so contagious because she was so genuine.

The Community House’s success today is a testament to her leadership and tenacity in building a connected and engaged community. She never disappointed when given the chance to take hold of a microphone and over the past 25 years has been a regular at TCH events and on-stage in the Community Revue. In recognition of her legacy of service, the Ly Hotchkin Arts Program was named for her in 2016 with a permanent portrait being unveiled in the upstairs gallery space in 2018.

Ly will be missed, but her family and friends will be comforted by many great memories in her 95 years. When the time is right and we can do so safely, we’ll raise a glass and share a toast in her memory, just as Ly would want!

It has been a pleasure to know and learn from Ly. While I know I will never “fill her shoes” I am honored to be on the path she fearlessly blazed for everyone who has followed her. The communities she served are more connected and stronger because of her.

The Gift of Ly 

by LyArts Program Director, Jimmy McDermott

Knowing Ly these first 4 years of heading LyArts was a total gift. I got to meet her soon after starting work at The Community House. And it was immediately clear to me that the mission of the program needed to reflect its namesake.

Ly was whip smart, grounded, community minded and very fun. And everything we offer here has to meet those accessible yet essential standards. In 2018, we commissioned local artist David Marcet to paint a portrait of Ly as the first piece in our permanent collection of the LyArts gallery up here on the second floor. I accompanied the artist when he showed Ly a preview of the painting before it was unveiled. She was very nearly speechless but was able to say “David, you have given me immortality.” I get to pass her portrait every day here. She’s watching. And will continue to preside over The Community House for generations to come.











Register for K.E.A.P. here

The Community House believes that play is the best form of research, and we pride ourselves on providing safe and engaging environments where students can learn while being provided with support from highly qualified, talented and enthusiastic staff.

The Kindergarten Enrichment Achievement Program (K.E.A.P.)  is an extension of the District 181 Half Day Kindergarten Program that will be held daily throughout the school year at The Community House. Both morning and afternoon sessions will occur and will adhere to the Restore Illinois Guidelines, ensuring the health and safety of the children and families we serve as well as our staff. 

K.E.A.P. will offer before and after school enrichment that will compliment D181’s curriculum with structured S.T.E.M. activities, arts and crafts, physical education and outdoor time. K.E.A.P. will be held Monday through Friday with before and after school sessions. K.E.A.P. is a program specifically designed for Kindergarten students only and is not a certified school program, but it is an enrichment program that aims to provide an engaging, playful and educational environment for students. 



8:00-8:30 Check In/Individual Fun Packets
8:30-9:00 Circle Time (Calendar, Weather, Weekly song)
9:00-9:30 Themed Story Book/Art Activity to go with themed book
9:30-10:15 Outdoor or Indoor Structured Active Play
10:15-11:00 Enrichment Activity (Science, Art, Nature, Cooking)
11:00-11:30 Lunch
11:30-12:00 Active Play
12:00-12:20 Individual Play/Check Out


11:30-11:45 Check In
11:45-12:15 Lunch
12:15-12:45 Circle Time (Calendar, Weather, Themed Song)
12:45-1:15 Themed Story Book/Art Activity to go with themed book
1:15-1:45 Outdoor or Indoor Structured Active Play
1:45-2:30 Enrichment Activity (Science, Art, Nature, Cooking)
2:30-3:15 Active Play
3:15-3:30 Individual Play/Check Out

Registration will be offered weekly and weekly registration cut off is 12:00 pm on the Friday for the following week.  Register now.

For more information please contact Taylor Enger at 630-323-7500 ext. 248 or at

Back to School Services at The Community House

The Community House believes that play is the best form of research, and we pride ourselves on providing safe and engaging environments where students can learn while being provided with support from highly qualified, talented and enthusiastic staff.

As we all adjust to a new normal, and Illinois school districts begin to welcome students back this fall, we have developed a number of ways to help you navigate the 2020-21 school year.

Please see below for a list of programs and pertinent information.


Description: Your child can thrive this school year in a safe, healthy and engaging environment as they learn virtually with assistance from our experienced staff of child care professionals. Plus, cohorts will receive academic support from one Village Tutor up to an hour per day, when needed.

While learning and completing their work will be a priority, we will also provide students with the opportunity to interact with their peers and participate in enrichment activities through our very own LyArts Program.  Please note, this program is designed to follow the School District 181 schedule, The Community House is not providing curriculum, but providing support for your student as they complete School District 181 curriculum.

AM Daily Schedule 

8:00- 8:40 a.m.- Drop off/Individual Fun Packets

8:40- 9:10 a.m.- Literacy

9:10- 9:30 a.m.- Math

9:30-10:00 a.m.- Science

10:00-10:30 a.m.- Social Studies

10:30-11:10 a.m.- PE/Specials

11:10-11:30 a.m.- Outdoor or Physical Activity

11:30-12:00 p.m.- LUNCH

12:00-12:20 p.m.- Get Ready for School/Parent Pick Up

*From 9:30 – 10:30, cohorts will receive academic support as needed from one tutor

PM Daily Schedule 

11:30- 12:00 p.m.- Parent Drop Off/LUNCH

12:00- 12:40 p.m.- Individual Fun Packets

12:40- 1:10 p.m.- Literacy

1:10- 1:30 p.m.- Math

1:30- 2:00 p.m.- Science

2:00- 2:30 p.m.- Social Studies

2:30- 3:10 p.m.- PE/Specials

3:10- 3:30 p.m.- Get Ready for Parent Pick Up

*From 1:30 – 2:30, cohorts will receive academic support as needed form one tutor

Important Information

  • This program will be held at The Community House. We will do our best to split the groups by their school. No group will have more than 15 children and they will be spaced 6 ft. apart.


  • Transportation will need to be provided by a parent/guardian. A parent, guardian or pre- approved adult will need to drop off and pick up your child.


  • We will be offering an adaptive After the Bell Program that will be held at The Community House from 3:30-5:30pm. It will be an extension to the E-Learning Day. To register or learn more information regarding this program please search your child’s school on our registration site and it will be listed under After the Bell.


  • You will need to provide your child a peanut free lunch, as we will provide lunch time at The Community House.


  • We will be following the School District’s E-Learning Schedule. To ensure your child stays focused, we ask you send them with a pair of headphones so they are not distracted by surrounding noise.


  • Registration is completed weekly and to keep pods consistent, we are not accepting daily registration. Registration must be completed by 12PM the Thursday before the following week. If you need to register after 12PM on Thursday, registration will be in person only until Friday at 12PM, but a $15 late fee will be added.



Click here to learn about K.E.A.P. and register 

For more information please contact Taylor Enger at 630-323-7500 ext. 248 or at

In Memory of Dick Johnson


A celebrated journalist, Dick was beloved by his family, friends, colleagues and the public. While the greater Chicago-land area got to watch Dick report the news on NBC 5, at The Community House, we had the distinct pleasure of having him as a part of our family, as a Life Trustee, a founder of The Community House Players and Community Revue and a passionate supporter of our arts programming.

For over 20 years we were honored and in awe of the work Dick did in support of The Community House. His legacy and generosity is an integral part of our history and we will always be grateful for the contributions he made to our community.

In September, we honored Dick as a Founder of The Community House Players, but Dick was not just a Founder, he was a performer and if you ever had the good fortune to see the shows he was a part of, you know that he always brought down the house! Dick was an incredibly talented, genuine, kind, charismatic person who was quick to share his bright smile and could light up a room with his boisterous laugh.

To know him, was to love him.

We send our thoughts and sincere condolences to his family, his friends and everyone who was impacted by this truly wonderful man.

UNEASE -Virtual Gallery Tour

Every year, The Community House LyArts Program is honored to host the Illinois 6th District High School Art Competition and the District 181 Art Show. This year, we’re taking a different route in the form of a Virtual Gallery Tour to share the award winning art work of a fearlessly talented young artist.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, LyArts Director, Jimmy McDermott ZOOM interviewed Hinsdale Central Senior (and now graduate), Emily Laughman, who took 2nd place in the Illinois 6th District High School Art Competition in 2019 with her piece entitled, “Bite Your Tongue”.

With this piece, which was part of a full series entitled “UNEASE”, Ms. Laughman drew inspiration from her own experiences with mental health and the struggles that come with depression and anxiety.

Bob Agnoli, Director of Mental Health Services expressed his appreciation of Ms. Laughman’s ability to depict the experience of mental health and anxiety through her art.

“Along with everyone at TCH, we want to express our gratitude to Ms. Laughman for sharing her work with us in this wonderful Virtual Gallery Tour. As a young artist who has experienced mental health struggles, Emily has been able to visually capture the experience of many teens with anxiety and depression. I am especially moved by the distortion of the images as often anxiety and depression distort individuals views of themselves and their environment. Her art is a great catalyst to start the important conversation about mental health.”

Click the play button on the video above to enjoy UNEASE – Virtual Gallery Tour. Please note, the images included may be disturbing or triggering to some. Viewer discretion and parental guidance is suggested.



Finding fun things to do while you’re stuck inside can feel overwhelming, especially when you’re accustom to being on the go and having great places like TCH to have fun and stay engaged.

But, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed or search for ideas when we’ve got a full list of fun things to do right here.


How many meals have you cooked while sheltering in place? Do you feel like you’re running out of options? The TCH staff is cooking up a storm in our kitchens and we are sharing our recipes with you in the first volume of our Quarantine Cookbook!

Make something new tonight and share it with us on social media!


Looking for ways to keep moving that won’t break the bank? Here are a few virtual opportunities that will increase your heart rate and your spirit!



Virtual learning is a wonderful alternative to in-school education, and recess is an important part of school! We challenge you to make recess a priority even at home.

Recess at home is fun too!



  • Family Bake-Off (Who’s brownies are better?)
  • Family Cook Off (Who’s the best chef?)
  • Family Game Night (Monopoly anyone?)
  • Spring Into Cleaning (Grab the chore chart!)
  • Family Spa Day (Relax, unwind and pamper the whole family!)
  • Find Your Zen with Meditation (There are many apps (Calm) or streaming sites (Spotify or Youtube) where you can find guided meditations or calming music)
  • Move Your Body (Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Aerobics, any type of exercise will keep your blood pumping and your body moving, which increases your endorphins!)
  • Keep a Family Journal (When you journal, you’re writing history!)
  • Create a Scrapbook (Digital or hard copy, either way, you’ll have a book of memories that will last a lifetime!)
  • Family Camp-In (Make a tent out of blankets and cook up some hot dogs and smores, sing songs and tell stories around a makeshift campfire you made during Craft Hour – see below.)
  • Movie Night (Everyone gets to pick their favorite movie to watch one night and their favorite snack!)
  • Craft Hour (Grab all your art supplies, paint, pipe cleaners, markers and make something spectacular!)
  • Read, read, read a book (Or listen to an Audiobook!)
  • Make a Family Playlist (Everyone gets to choose 5 or more of their favorite songs!)
  • Have a DANCE PARTY (Use the playlist you created to burn some energy and impress your family with your smooth moves!)
  • Have a Scavenger Hunt (One clue leads to the other and in the end, you’ve spent two hours having a great time!)
  • Make an obstacle course (Gather up all of your furniture and create a fun, active and safe adventure in the comfort of your own home.)
  • Begin to Learn a New Language 


  • Take 30 Minutes for Yourself Whenever You Need It (Meditate, take a deep breath, watch your favorite show, etc.)
  • Listen to a Podcast
  • Get your Taxes Done
  • Journal (Dear Diary…)
  • Clean out your inbox (Keep The Community House emails, delete and unsubscribe from the rest!)
  • Create a photo inventory of all your belongings for insurance purposes (Better to be safe than sorry.)
  • De-Clutter (Marie Kondo can help!)
  • Play Brain Games 
  • Stay motivated! 
  • Plan your summer vacation (Summer will be wonderful!)



Fall 2020 Registration Is Now Open


Our 2020 Fall Program Guide is here and will be available exclusively online! You can download it below, scroll through and jot down your favorite classes and programs, then click here to register. You can also print it at home, highlight and register for all the classes that will help you or your family have fun and engage in some self-care this season.

We’re excited to see you, even at a social distance!  In accordance with the Restore Illinois Plan, we are excited to share our Program Guide with you so you can make plans for the school year and beyond.

As we welcome you to visit our house and engage with our community, we want to assure you that we are making every effort to provide our guests with a safe, and healthy experience that promotes social distancing, as well as face coverings and masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19. For further details on our policies and procedures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here to review our Welcome Back Plan.

Opening our Doors – Welcome Back Plan

We are excited to announce that we are in the process of opening our facility based on the guidelines set forth by the Restore Illinois Plan-Phase 4. Please click the link below to read our Welcome Back Plan to Restore the Community House. Please note all participants who will be partaking in in-person programming will be required to wear a face covering. 

Welcome Back Plan

Our Summer 2020 (In Person) Program Guide and Virtual Guide are available for review here and registration is open for all!

Don’t forget, The Community House membership program allows you to get your own set of Keys to the House and once you open the door you are welcome to a world of discounts and fun.

Become a Key Holder today

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 630-323-7500  or email