Chicago Heights' rich history is protected by a local group of history buffs. The Historic Preservation Committee is on a mission to make sure Chicago Heights' original and distinct character does not get washed away with time, working to preserve the historical integrity of the city's buildings. Official duties include public education and oversight of Chicago's landmark ordinance. This organization encourages local residents to preserve the integrity of their historic homes, including discouraging replacing original windows to preserve the original glass. Open meetings for the Committee are held at the public library, making it easy for locals to lend a hand.
The Drama Group
Residents of Chicago Heights do not have to travel all the way into the big city to catch some live theater performance. Founded in 1931, this acting troupe stages plays in theaters all around Chicago's South Suburbs, but its headquarters are in Chicago Heights. In addition to staging popular plays and musicals for adult audiences, like "Ragtime" and "Frost/Nixon," the Drama Group also caters to kids. During the day, the group puts on educational plays for kids, and in the summer, kids can attend drama camp at the facility, giving aspiring actors in the Chicago Heights area an outlet for creative expression.
Prairie State College
Residents of Chicago Heights can take classes or earn a certificate or two-year degree at Prairie State College, a local public community college with a full campus boasting amenities like a conference center, art gallery, and fitness complex. In addition to offering postsecondary education opportunities, Prairie State also offers continuing education and adult education, including GED prep courses for those who want to earn a high school diploma equivalent. The school focuses on training students to enter careers or to use their two-year degrees to transfer to four-year programs at undergraduate colleges and universities.