Our work is about more than just delicious food.


At Inspiration Kitchens we’ve always believed in using food as a vehicle to change lives. Ever since a former Chicago police officer named Lisa Nigro founded our parent organization Inspiration Corporation in 1989 by handing out sandwiches and coffee to homeless men and women from the back of a little red wagon, we’ve been in the business of providing dignity, respect, and opportunity to Chicagoans who are too often left out in the cold.

“They set you up to be successful. They not only gave me skills, but they never let me be afraid of my ex-felon status when I was looking for work.”

Phillip, Foodservice Training program graduate

When you dine at Inspiration Kitchens or book us for a catering gig, you’re supporting men and women who are learning in our kitchens and building the foundations to overcome homelessness and poverty and build a better future.

Are you looking for work? Inspiration Kitchens helps individuals
over the age of 18 who are interested in learning to cook professionally
get the skills and experience they need to build a career in the culinary
industry. Our 12-week training program is free, and you can earn both
your food handler and sanitation manager certificates, and receive job
placement assistance.

Enroll in Job Training


In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing.

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