Chicago’s Haymarket Center

By Jody Warner

Gregory Thompson is in stage three on his recovery at Haymarket Center, 120 North Sangamon. Haymarket Center is a Chicago drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility. Staff and clients are reeling from financial cuts by Gov. Rod Blagojevich that cause the Center to turn away more than 200 clients each day and lay off 40 percent of the staff. Thompson, seen here sitting on the bed he occupied during his recovery, is a recovering crack cocaine and alcohol addict who said he is alive today because of the people at the facility and the work they do. The detox room behind him has lost more than 30 percent of its beds since the budget cuts were implemented.

Check out The Chronicle’s full story on Haymarket Center.