The American Indian Center, currently located at 1600 Wilson Boulevard, is the oldest urban gathering place for American Indians in the United States. Founded in 1953, it strives to be a cultural and community resource for the over 65,000 Native Americans who reside in the Chicagoland area, and this community works hard to foster physical and spiritual health in the community as well as an active connection with traditional values and practices. Among other things, it serves as a meeting place, a place for powwows, and for delivering social services to community members. The AIC has organized a Chicago-wide powwow for over 60 years! Inside the main hall, there are large murals depicting Native life, and flags of many Indian nations hanging from the rafters. The big kitchen is often in use, with meals served for powwows, social gatherings and when special visitors come.