Learning Opportunities

Learning Opportunities

YOUR CHI: Learning Opportunities in Every Neighborhood

To continue building on the academic gains made in school this year, the City and its community-based partners will offer educational and enrichment programs for students entering kindergarten through 12th grade. Participation in these and other continued learning programs will help to prevent the “summer slide” where youth can lose up to three months of math and science progress during summer months if they do not remain engaged in learning.

Listed below are a selection of programs available across Chicago. 

Summer Learning with Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) offer a broad range of programming opportunities for CPS students throughout the summer. From academic enrichment and credit recovery to opportunities supporting community projects, students can build their skills and explore their interests. Programs range from topics including the environment, robotics, writing, healthcare, college exploration and more. For more information on specific learning opportunities available to your student, contact your school or visit www.ChicagoCityofLearning.org.


Summer Learning with City Colleges of Chicago

Daley College

7500 S. Pulaski

Daley College will host a camp for middle school girls to explore careers in advanced manufacturing and engineering in which students will design and produce their own products.  The college will also host the South Side Mini Maker Faire in August, a gathering of engineers, craftspeople, manufacturers, and youth who love to create, among other opportunities. Learn more by calling: (773) 838-7500.

Harold Washington College

30 E. Lake Street

Over the summer, students of various ages can participate in programs to hone their skills and prepare for college or other technical programs. Harold Washington College will host Black Girls Code summer coding camp, the Chicago Summer Business Institute and more! Visit Chicago.gov/summer for more details.

Kennedy-King College

6301 S. Halsted

This summer, Kennedy-King College will host the TRIO Educational Talent Search, including a variety of academic and extracurricular activities like technology, swim and fitness activities. The college will host a summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) camp for students ages 4 to 9.  Kennedy-King also hosts free GED and high school equivalency practice exams and assessments open to all community members. Call 773-602-5000 for more information.

Malcolm X College

1900 W. Jackson

Malcolm X College is hosting a variety of free programs for high school students and young adults looking to improve their skills and prepare for college level work. From quick programs focusing on basic math and English to pre-college summer health clinics, programs target the needs of employers in the health care field as well as the ability to gain college credit. Learn more at Chicago.gov/summer.

Olive-Harvey College

10001 S. Woodlawn

Olive-Harvey College is hosting a range of programming this summer. Basic skill boot camp programs can help students over 18 improve in reading and math targeting improvement on placement exams. Olive-Harvey will also offer accelerated learning opportunities, youth camps, and specific technical skill opportunities like forklift certification and the AAR Aviation Tech Apprenticeship. Call 773-291-6490 for more information.

Truman College

1145 W. Wilson
Truman College will host the Best Buy Geek Squad Summer Academy for youth interested in gaining technical skills, a mobile City Hall, and more! Call 773-907-4742 for more information.

Wilbur Wright College

4300 N. Narragansett

This summer, Wilbur Wright College will host programs for middle school and high school age youth providing a variety of skills and enrichments. From summer reading and math, to gardening, robotics, dance instruction and web design, programs run throughout the summer. Call 773-481-8800 for more information.


YOUR CHI: Chicago Public Libraries
Learn More About CPL Programs by visiting www.chipublib.org

Summer Learning Challenge (SLC)

Ages: Birth - 13 years of age

Dates: June 24 - August 17

Locations: All 81 locations (To register visit your local branch or visit www.chipublib.org



Ages: 11-13 years of age

Dates: July 8 - August 18 Locations: Branches across the City

Coding programs will be offered at CPL this summer! Youth will have the opportunity to gain experience in computational thinking including programming and coding during five-week long clubs.


STEAM Team (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)

Ages: All ages

Dates: June 1 - September 1

Locations: CPL will visit WIC centers, Head Start Centers, early childhood centers and laundromats.



Ages: 6 and up

Dates: June 24 – August 17 Locations: Branches across the City

Step right up! Come one, come all! CircEsteem is bringing the circus to your local Chicago Public Library. Shows are filled with fun and include ring juggling, acrobatics, unicycle riders and more.


Summer Brain Games

Ages: 8 – 14 Dates: June 24 – August 17

Locations: Branches across the City

Join teen science enthusiasts to explore various science concepts though hands-on activities.


Ship of Tolerance

Ages: 8-13 years of age

Dates: May 8 - July 1 Youth will engage in an art series to give voice to messages of peace and tolerance. The Ship of Tolerance project will bring youth together to talk about tolerance, acceptance and anti-violence. Children will work together to paint images that illustrate their beliefs and values onto sail cloths.


Kompagni B Youth Dance Exchange

Ages: 3-13 years of age

Dates: June 15 - 20

Locations: Various branches

Children will engage with the Royal Danish Ballet youth dance exchange program to learn music and movement and share an understanding of culture through dance. Danish ballet dancers will lead Chicago children in musical programs and celebrate the start of SLC with special programs that bridge their dance from Toman to Piotrowski Park and from Whitney Young to Avalon Park.


Back to School-A-Palooza

Ages: 5-13 years of age

Dates: August 19 - September 1

Locations: Across the City

CPL will offer a series of music programs for families to celebrate the end of summer and the start of school. These programs are offered for families in conjunction with school supply giveaways during the last two weeks of August as children prepare for the school year transition.


Teen Services Programming
: 13-18 years of age

Dates: June 24 - August 17

Locations: Branches across the City Teen Services library staff at more than 30 locations will host programs as part of the summer program “We Are Chicago: Your City, Your Summer, Your CPL.” Program partners who will offer special branch programs include Adler Planetarium, Brown and Proud Press, Kompagni B Exchange Chicago; Shine On, Chicago, Yollocalli Arts Reach and Young Chicago Authors.

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