The AUX is a commercial hub dedicated to healing, wellness, and racial equity – a space co-created and owned by the community.

With a name derived from a sound system’s AUXiliary cord, this project is about the power of connection. For us the AUX means plugging into our life-giving essence so we can thrive as we live, learn, work and play.

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What We Do - Impact

To transform vacant property into a beautiful, environmentally sustainable building that emphasizes a quadruple bottom line for cultural, social, economic and environmental impact

Impact

  • 16,000 sq ft. of renovated commercial space dedicated to small businesses of color

  • 10+ Black owned businesses lifted collectively

  • 30+ local jobs provided

  • Promotes wellness for all of Evanston

  • Provides inclusive pathways to community wealth

  • Creates an inclusive and welcoming destination

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How to Get Involved

The AUX uses an innovative financial model to level-up past inequities: pooling one-time public and philanthropic support with community owner investors to create a self-sustaining building.

Milestones

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YEAR

2022

FUNDING THE AUX

Gathering private and public support to assist in making our project a reality

YEAR

2021

DEVELOPING THE AUX

Creating a strong foundation for economic change through small business and real estate

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