#OurCommunity Spotlight – Cathy McAndrews Fitness

Cathy McAndrews has been a Certified Fitness Instructor for 45 years and prides herself on her ability to make fitness fun, while maintaining the safety and efficacy of exercise.

“There have been many changes to fitness since I became certified in 1985, but one thing remains the same, my passion for helping others attain their fitness goals in a healthy way! My motto has always been, ‘work out happier, not harder’, because exercise should be joyful and fun – that’s when it’s most effective.”

Cathy has been a friend and partner of The Community House for many years, inspiring and helping our Active Adults to keep their bodies in motion in a number of different ways. You have likely heard her enthusiastic voice echoing in our field house over upbeat music, encouraging her Prime Time class to keep moving, keep their energy up and keep up the good work! Or maybe you’ve seen her and her Pilates/Barre class “booming” in our fitness room!

Cathy will be taking over the popular Sit and Get Fit class beginning in January 2021. This class promotes enhanced overall physical fitness for older adults by using low impact exercises while staying seated.

Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, like so many of us, Cathy longed to get back to a “new normal” and that’s just what she is doing now at TCH.

“I was so happy to return to my classes and be with my friends. There was an overwhelming feeling of normalcy and relief. What we have together is more than just an exercise class. It’s a community of caring hearts. We talk, we listen and we reach out for support. That’s the magic of community-based exercise programming.”

Two of Cathy’s classes are now enrolling, including Pilates/Barre Mash Up and Prime Time A+. Sit and Get Fit will be back in action beginning in January! Each class is set-up according to Illinois state fitness class guidelines, at a safe and social distance, in properly ventilated spaces.

The Community House Active Adults services aim to provide all ages of adults, from 18 and up with high quality programs and classes.

Sign up to be a Keyholder and get 15% off each of Cathy’s fitness classes!



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.








The KEAP (Kindergarten Enrichment Achievement Program) is open for registration for the 2021-2022 School Year.






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. 

The Community House will be utilizing our van to drop off and pick up at Monroe Elementary, The Lane, and Madison Elementary. 

Students attending Oak, Elm, Prospect and Walker Elementary schools will need to have their own transportation to and from K.E.A.P.



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

12:20-12:40 Clean Up/Drop off at School


11:10-11:25 Check In

11:25-12:00 Lunch

12:00-12:40 Active Play

12:40-1:00 Circle Time (Calendar, Weather, Themed Song)

1:00-1:30 Themed Story Book/Art Activity to go with themed book

1:30-2:15 Outdoor or Indoor Structured Active Play

2:15-3:00 Enrichment Activity (Science, Art, Nature, Cooking)

3:00-3:15 Individual Play/Check Out

Registration will be offered weekly.  Register

For more information please contact Karen Kaspar at 630-323-7500 ext. 248 or at kkaspar@thecommunityhouse.org

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.

Dan Janowick Appointed Executive Director

The Community House is so pleased to announce that  Dan Janowick has been appointed to the position of Executive Director, effective immediately. Mary Blue Henneman, Chair of the Board of Trustees stated, “Dan brings strong leadership skills, an outstanding command of the operations, and breadth and depth of experience to the role of Executive Director. A 15-year veteran of The Community House, Dan is familiar with every facet of the organization and its important and historical role, serving as the center of our community where neighbors, friends, and families come together to live their best lives through various activities, programs, classes and events. I look forward to working with Dan in his new role as we continue to provide the highest quality services to our patrons as we have for the last 79 years.”

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Celebrate at The Community House

Have your birthday party with us. 

Price: $350 (Key Holder Members) $390 (Non Key Holders)
Ages: 4-13
The Whole Child Learning Company is offering over 12 themed Birthday Parties!! They are listed below with a short description!
  • Harry Potter- Create potions and make a wand
  • Superheroes- Make your own cape and find your super power
  • Slime-Make at least 3 different slimes to take home
  • Messy Chemistry – We will explore principles of chemistry while having messy fun! Make exploding potions, slime and more.
  • Princess-Make lace crowns and cotton candy slime
  • Spa-Make potions, lip gloss, and bubble bath
  • Baking-Bake, eat, or take home treats
  • Bugs and Butterflies-Make a bug collecting jar and take home live bugs along with several other crafts
  • Fairytale-Explore Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Fairy dust bottles
  • Lego-Monsters, a lego spoon race, lego car races, and other lego activities
  • Spy-Fingerprint science, secret message decoders, and more
  • Star Wars-Erupting death stars, marshmallow shooters, and a pool noodle light saber
  • Magic – let us entertain and captivate your children in a unique blend of comedy and magic. The birthday boy/girl gets to participate throughout the show and will be suspended in midair – a perfect photo opportunity! All parties include a magic workshop where participants learn 6 magic tricks to keep and take home!
Our parties include an hour and half of teacher lead activities and goodie bag items! We will also supply table clothes and cupcakes too! (per request and additional charge).
Each package is priced at $25 per child attending the Birthday Party!
If you are not a keyholder, please add $40 to the cost of the Birthday Party.
Contact Karen Kaspar at kkaspar@thecommunityhouse.org for more information
Price: $300 (STANDARD PRICE)
Ages: 5 and up
Instructor Gabrielle Tufano leads a 90 minute art project for up to 15 kids customized to your party. All in our art studio on Saturday afternoons contingent on availability of space. Room available for 2 hours (plus set up and break down time) Must have at least 2 weeks notice to reserve. Please contact Jimmy McDermott at jmcdermott@thecommunityhouse.org regarding availability prior to registering.
Non-Keyholders add $40 to the final price.


Sports Birthday Party

Price: $300 (STANDARD PRICE)
Ages: 5 and up

If your child loves sports, this is the party for him or her! Sports party packages are tons of fun for all kids; receive athletic instruction from real sports professionals! Choose from one of our party packages or create your own! Basketball, Cheerleading, Dodge-ball, Non-contact Football, Soccer and Volleyball. Birthday parties include instructor to implement and run activities, all sports equipment, and party room.

15 Kids ($300)
16-24 Kids ($325)
25-30 Kids ($350)

This is a 2 hour long party – 1 hour session, plus 1 hour for food, cake and presents. Dates and times based on availability.


Please schedule your party at least four weeks in advance. Call 630-323-7500, for more information and availability. Parties cancelled 7 days or less prior to scheduled date of party are non refundable.

Add on our Pizza Package for $50 which includes 2 XL cheese pizzas, Gatorade, water, plates, cups, and napkins.

Have any other questions? Contact us at 630-323-7500 for more information.


Before and After the Bell Program




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.

For many years, we have provided Before and After School Services to our community with pick-up and drop-off at school at The Community House main location on W. Eighth Street. We will continue to serve elementary students and families here and enhance our services in partnership with the D181 school district for the 2021-2022 school year and provide the highest quality services to youth enrolled in the following schools every day of the school week.


BEFORE THE BELL is a safe environment for your child to be with friends before the school day begins. Your child will do fun activities, gym time and organized games. A light breakfast snack will be provided. BEFORE the BELL follows School District 181 calendar and runs Monday-Friday 7:00am-8:30 am.

Before School services will be provided at the following locations: 

Before Schools

The Community House  (Serving the following schools: Madison, Oak and Elm. Students are transported to school by TCH)

The Lane School

Prospect School 

Walker School


AFTER the BELL is a great way to excel this school year while having fun. This program is great for the children to be able to get their homework done but also have a fun place to come after a long day of school. AFTER the BELL follows the School District 181 calendar and typically runs Monday – Friday from 3:05 pm to 6:00 pm. This program covers Afternoon Kindergarten – 8th Grade. This program will be held at your child’s school and Community House staff will wait in a designated area to pickup the children. You can customize your experience by signing up for one day, week, month, etc! A typical week at After the Bell includes: Homework assistance, enrichment activities, park/active time, fun-filled Fridays and so much more! 

After School services will be provided at the following locations: 

The Community House  (Serving Madison & Elm. Students are picked up from school by TCH)

The Lane

Monroe School

Oak School 

Prospect School

Walker School 





Ages: K-5

Dates: Monday – Friday

Times: 7:00am – 8:30am

Fees: Non Key Holder: $22 (One Child) $20 (Sibling Discount)

Key Holder: $12 (One Child) $10 (Sibling Discount)


Ages: K-5

Dates: Monday – Friday

Times: 3:05pm-6:00pm

Fees: Non Key Holder: $30 (One Child) $20 (Sibling Discount)   Key Holder: $28 (One Child) $18 (Sibling Discount)

You can customize your experience by signing up for one day, a week, or the entire month!

7:00-7:30 – Games/Activities (ex. Coloring, board games, card games, organized group games)
7:30-7:40 – Breakfast snack
7:40-8:05 – Active play
8:05-8:15 – Get ready for school


3:05-3:15 –Check in
3:15-3:30 – Snack time
3:45-4:15 – Outside active play
4:15-5:00 – Homework Help/SQUIRT
(Super Quiet Uninterrupted Reading Time)
5:00-5:30 – Enrichment activity
5:30-6:00 – Active play/check out

For more information please contact Karen Kaspar at 630-323-7500 ext. 248 or at kkaspar@thecommunityhouse.org

Willowbrook Corner Partners Program

The Community House’s Willowbrook Corner Partners Program provides counseling and therapy services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Services are provided at no cost to the residents of Hinsdale Lake Terrace, Hinsdale Point, Waterfall Glen, and Echo Lane. Partnerships are the key to strong and healthy communities. Here at The Partners Program, we use our relationships with other service providers in the community to help clients find the services to meet their needs. Through counseling, groups and workshops, The Partners Program offers experiences and opportunities for clients to heal and enrich their lives.

Education and Workshops

The Willowbrook Corner Partners Program provides education and support workshops to help residents learn and grow through life’s challenges. Participants explore ideas, tools, and teachings related to each topic in order to enrich their lives and relationships. Each workshop guides participants with engaging exercises and activities so they can return to their everyday lives with fresh skills, abilities, and outlooks. Snacks and child care are also provided at no cost.

Child and Adolescent Group Programs

Partner Program Groups provide members with essential skills and experiences to successfully face the challenges of everyday life. Through fun activities and discussions, members develop vital abilities such as social skills, positive conflict resolution, anger management, collaboration, morals and values, goal setting, and much more. Groups meet nightly for 8 weeks and are divided by age and gender for children 3rd-8th grade. All group meetings include a meal.

Without the support of generous donors and partners, many of these families would not receive any services or support.

The Partners Program is made possible in part by 

Generous support for the Child and Adolescent Program is provided by 


For enrollment in services or more information please contact:
Beth Metelak at bmetelak@thecommunityhouse.org

Willowbrook Corner Champions for Children

Why are these services so critical?

Residents of the neighborhood are lower income than the surrounding areas, and include a higher proportion of African-American and Hispanic families than the county average.  There are few stores and resources within walking distance of Willowbrook Corner, and transportation to the neighborhood is limited.   Local and national research points to the need for additional support to communities in need, which often experience challenges including children’s gaps in academic achievement.

Our goals are to help young students improve their educational performance, practice positive decision-making skills-in a supportive environment, provide opportunities for community involvement, and provide year-round learning opportunities to address the national trend of widened academic achievement gaps during the summer.  We accomplish these goals by providing diverse activities to participating students and their families, responsive to the needs of the community we serve. Meet Johnathan, a young boy who went from homeless to hopeful with our help.

Click here to become a Champion for Children.

Your donation helps:
$5,000: Sponsors 5 children to join the After School Learning Program
$2,500:  Transports 80 children to 4 educational trips
$1,000: Teaches 80 children Health & Wellness curriculum
$500: Supports 1 child in the Summer Learning Program
$250: Provides healthy snacks for 25 children
$100: Provides 10 children with calculators
$50: Buys 1 child school supplies for the year

To learn more about Willowbrook Corner Programs, please contact Beth Metelak at bmetelak@thecommunityhouse.org