Year of Creative Youth Directory of Youth Organizations & Resources

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Chicago’s arts and service communities support youth across Chicago to explore and engage in creative experiences. From school-based programs to community arts initiatives, to summer internships, youth-led programs and more – creative arts activities are a fundamental path for Chicago youth to find their voice and see themselves as innovators, makers and creators.

Youth arts programs also employ thousands of Chicago educators and teaching artists, enabling creative workers to sustain their artistic careers – while inspiring the next generation to develop skills that can advance their abilities in a range of professional fields.

See below to learn more about organizations with creative arts programs for youth across the city.



About Face Theatre

Adler Planetarium

Adventure Stage Chicago

After School Matters

Aguijon Theater Company

Albany Park Theater Project

Art Institute of Chicago

ArtReach Chicago

Arts + Public Life

Auditorium Theatre

Ballet Chicago

Barrel of Monkeys

Beverly Arts Center

Black Ensemble Theater

Blues Kids Foundation

Changing Worlds

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education

Chicago Center for Arts & Technology

Chicago Children's Choir

Chicago Children's Museum

Chicago Children's Theatre

Chicago City of Learning

Chicago Cultural Alliance

Chicago Film Festival

Chicago Filmmakers

Chicago History Museum

Chicago Humanities Festival

Chicago Human Rhythm Project

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra

Chicago Multicultural Dance Center

Chicago Opera Theater

Chicago Park District

Chicago Park District - Night Out In the Parks

Chicago Public Library

Chicago Public Library - YOUmedia

Chicago Public Schools - Department of Arts Education

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago Youth Shakespeare

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Chicago Youth Voices Network


City Colleges of Chicago

Collaboraction Theatre Company

Community Film Workshop

Community TV Network

Contexture Media Network

Court Theatre

Dancing With Class

Digital Youth Network

Donda's House

DuSable Museum of African American History

Elephant and Worm TV

Erie Neighborhood House

Experimental Station


Field Museum

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Free Lunch Academy

Free Spirit Media

Free Street Theater  

Fulcrum Point New Music Project

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

Goodman Theatre

Grant Park Music Festival

Green Star Movement

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Hyde Park Art Center

Illinois Humanities

Illinois Writing Project


Inner City Muslim Action Network

Intonation Music Workshop


Jazz Institute of Chicago

Joffrey Ballet

Kartemquin Films

Lincoln Park Zoo

Links Hall

Little Black Pearl

Lookingglass Theatre Company

Oriental Institute

Lurie Garden

Lyric Opera of Chicago M.U.R.A.L.


Mariachi Heritage Foundation

Merit School of Music

Mikva Challenge

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry

National Museum of Mexican Art

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

National Youth Art Movement

Northlight Theatre

Old Town School of Folk Music

One Summer Chicago

Oriental Institute

Park Voyagers

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

People's Music School

Poetry Center of Chicago

Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

Shedd Aquarium


Smart Museum of Art

Snow City Arts

South Side Community Art Center

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Storycatchers Theatre

Territory NFP

The Simple Good

University of Chicago - Amplify

Urban Gateways and Street Level Youth Media

Westside Writing Project

WFMT - Introductions

Yollocalli Arts Reach of National Museum of Mexican Art 

Young Chicago Authors