About VAI

The Vietnamese Association of Illinois currently serves thousands of clients at locations in both Cook and DuPage counties. Our offices in Chicago and Carol Stream are located in the central hub of the Vietnamese communities. VAI’s Chicago office is located on Argyle and Broadway, an area home to many Vietnamese restaurants and shops. The Carol Stream office is in the center of many of the Vietnamese businesses, as well. Both locations aim to serve the Vietnamese in need of a variety of services. Staff provides assistance and information on citizenship, senior care, English classes, and health insurance.


In addition to serving large Vietnamese population, VAI provides social services to the growing Iraqi and Syrian communities, which have developed on Chicago’s Northside, in the wake of immense geo-political conflict within the region. Our numerous social service programs continue to positively impact the lives of Chinese, Ethiopian, Laotian, Arab, Burmese, Bhutanese, Eritrean, Togolese, Congolese, Somalian, Pakistani communities residing in Uptown, Edgewater, Andersonville, Albany Park and the greater Chicagoland area.


We are a non-profit, community-based organization and mutual assistance association whose core principles include:

  • Assisting people through cultural, social, and educational programs
  • Providing social services
  • Generating and encouraging the spirit of mutual assistance and active citizenship participation among Vietnamese Americans
  • Strengthening and maintaining the solidarity of Vietnamese Americans in the state of Illinois