Together we can reach our goal.
$6M with 100% Participation.


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Thanks to Tereasa Surratt & David Hernandez for leveraging the production team at Ogilvy to edit this film.

Join The Innovation

To learn more about the Campaign, contact Sarah Cutrara, Advancement Director, at and 773-269-6211. 

Visual History of Near North

Near North Montessori has had a remarkable 56-year history. We have experienced tremendous growth in our programs and services, and offer an educational experience that creates curious, motivated, and accomplished lifelong learners. Now is a pivotal time for Near North; hundreds of families before us had a vision for the futures of their children and worked tirelessly to make it a reality.

To continue to provide a truly exceptional educational experience, Near North has created a state-of-the-art building on the current playscape to house a space for innovation, creative learning, meeting, and gathering. We will also relocate the urban farm from Wood Street to the roof of the new building. This expansion will allow our students to engage with STEAM learning in new, expansive, and creative ways.

To make this project a reality, Near North launched an ambitious, yet attainable, $6 million campaign that has allowed us to build a place for our children to create, imagine, iterate, explore, and develop skills for a successful future. Your support in this Campaign is the next step to create a truly prepared environment where your child will bring their Montessori curriculum to life by collaborating, exploring, making, and creating. Now is our time to be change makers for our children's future.




Brand New Facilities

Campaign Updates

Alderman Brian Hopkins joined Near North Montessori as we opened the doors to its second major facility addition in less than 10 years. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place on Thursday, November 21st and we welcomed over 200 NNM parents, students, alumni families, faculty, and staff.

The new two-story, 15,000-square-foot building blends the school's Montessori philosophy of education with some of the latest thinking in science, technology, and the arts.

"This truly historical achievement represents the participation by members of every segment of the school community, from current and former parents, to alumni, to staff, to grandparents, all joining together to provide innovative and forward looking improvements for the school's future," said Audrey Perrott, NNM's Head of School.

Multiply Your Impact

Multiply your impact

Together we can reach our goal.

We are fortunate enough to have a generous donor who has made an extraordinary pledge to the NNM Innovates Campaign and will match gifts, dollar for dollar up to $100,000.

Alumni families have the opportunity to make a gift or multi-year pledge and every gift will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000. Learn more here.

From Our Community

“I am so excited about the new space. It will provide more room and opportunities for our NNM children to add to their already rich and varied experiences as they continue to become the best versions of themselves. Bravo, Near North! Maria Montessori would be proud.”

Wendy Toan, Teacher

“Near North Montessori invests its heart and soul into my children every day, and it is joyous and exciting to see our community come together to bring this new project to fruition. NNM students will have infinite opportunities to collaborate and bring their imaginative ideas to life.”

Jeannette Schar, Current Parent

“I can’t wait for the new building, especially the metal workshop. It is going to be awesome.”

Ishaan, 6-9 Student

“We’re very excited about the plans for the Innovation Lab. It’ll take Montessori independent learning and creativity to a whole new level”

Brad Suster and Tom Hernandez, Current Parents

Campaign Information

Giving Levels, Naming, Recognition


In recognition of the collective contributions of the entire community, all gifts will be recognized in a mural or piece of art located in the main lobby.

Gifts of $2,500 and more will be recognized on a wall inside the Community Center

Giving Levels

Founder $200,000 +
Pillar $100,000–$199,999
Leader $50,000–99,999
Builder $25,000–49,999
Steward $10,000–24,999
Friend $2,500–9,999
Community $1 - $2,499


For gifts of $50,000+, naming rights will be available for a variety of spaces within the new building.

Giving Options

Gifts may be pledged over the course of 4 years (through 2023) and make it easier to make your commitment. Payments can be made annually, quarterly, monthly— whatever works for you and via checks, credit cards or stock. Here are some examples: