As a Chicago-based business since its inception, Jakacki Bag & Barrel is currently located in the North Lawndale (west side) community. Throughout its existence, the company has believed in the importance of working with and hiring from the local community. Jakacki Bag & Barrel is a proud supporter and participating company in the North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN)’s U-Turn Permitted program (https://www.nlen.org/u-turn). U-Turn Permitted is a four-week job readiness program for people who have a felony background. In 2015, Jakacki Bag and Barrel was honored as the NLEN’s business partner of the year. To this day, Jakacki Bag & Barrel works with NLEN and other transitional programs to provide employment for local community members who may have difficulty finding steady employment.