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.
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
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
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.
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FUNDING THE AUX
Gathering private and public support to assist in making our project a reality
DEVELOPING THE AUX
Creating a strong foundation for economic change through small business and real estate