Kendall McCaugherty © Hall + Merrick
Kendall McCaugherty © Hall + Merrick

The Night Ministry

The building’s iconic water tower, decorated with blue stripes and red stars of the Chicago flag, is a landmark for the city’s skyline. It is now also home for The Night Ministry’s key operations and shelter services. Founded in 1976, The Night Ministry is dedicated to serving the homeless in Chicago. Since its founding, the organization has grown significantly and needed a new location to support its array of social services.

Bulley & Andrews served as the construction manager, partnering with Wheeler Kearns Architects, to deliver the three-floor, 15,000 sq. ft. renovation to their new Bucktown location. The first floor houses The Crib, an overnight shelter for young adults, as well as the youth outreach team offices. The new location is now the central hub for all of The Night Ministry staff and in addition, the outreach bus is now located at their office, creating a more efficient loading area to better service health and food needs in Chicago.

The project is a winner of a 2021 AIA Illinois Honor Award for Excellence in Interiors Over 5,000 sq. ft. & winner of a 2021 AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award.


The Night Ministry

Project Size

15,200 sq. ft.

Architect / Engineer

Wheeler Kearns Architects


Construction Manager


Chicago, IL


Interior BuildoutRenovation


Social Service