ROCO is the Romanian Community Center of Chicago. The Center is administered by a newly formed nonprofit (January 2023) called the Romanian Community Foundation of Chicago. As of 2023, we are in the process of forming the Board of Directors of the Foundation.


Be the change

"Be the change you wish to see in the world" is a quote often attributed* to Mahatma Gandhi.

The ROCO team is here to help the community self-organize and to offer a space for the community to express itself artistically, academically, in business, and through arts and culture.

There should not be an expectation that ROCO organizes events. Our team is here to help the community, and we will support it in every initiative, but we are not here to organize events and programs for the community. Therefore, if you want to see something happen, make it happen or join our community by signing up for a chapter or club.



ROCO is organized into chapters and clubs.

The ROCO Chapters are permanent. They bring together groups of volunteers and community leaders dedicated to specific areas of interest, such as education, business, or arts & culture. Each chapter has its own mission, and the chapter volunteers meet regularly. There are usually 1 or 2 leaders for each chapter. Chapters can organize events, and they can also run ongoing programs.

The ROCO Clubs bring together people and volunteers who want to get involved with people with similar interests. Both chapters and clubs can have their own programs and events.

ROCO Chicago


ROCO Chicago, the Romanian Community Center, is a modern center dedicated to engaging and supporting our community and accelerating Romanian businesses in Chicago. ROCO has minimal staff and works with hundreds of volunteers.