Low Key Kickbacks

Low-Key Kickbacks:
Saturday Edition

As part of our summer safety plan and people-based strategy, the Community Safety Coordination Center (CSCC), in partnership with the Mayor's Office, Chicago Park District and other City departments, hosted Low-Key Kickbacks: Saturday Edition parties throughout the season. The Low-Key Kickbacks were held on Saturdays throughout the summer from 6-9 P.M. These events are a part of Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot’s Summer Kickback Series, a targeted effort to ensure youth across Chicago have access to engaging activities and necessary resources within their communities.


What are Low-Key Kickbacks?

Mayor Lightfoot and City departments launched the first youth-led Summer Kickback Series to provide teens with fun and safe activities in their communities on Friday nights in 2021. After engaging and receiving additional feedback from community leaders, youth organizations, and Chicago's youth on how to keep youth safe and create more opportunities in communities experiencing high levels of violence, Mayor Lightfoot and the First Lady Amy Eshleman expanded programming to Saturday evenings in 2022 to ensure even more weekend activities for youth were available.

Building upon the success of last summer's Friday Kickback Series, the City invested nearly $1 million in youth programming and hosted eight supplemental Low-Key Kickbacks: Saturday Edition>, on Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m. The Low-Key series brought food, entertainment, and various activities to the South and West sides. Entertainment included prominent Chicago DJs, steppers and breakers, sporting events, a selfie station, art activations, and free COVID-19 vaccination sites. Below is a list of the Low-Key Kickbacks.

Schedule and Event Locations


Date Park Name Community Area
July 23 Grand Crossing Park Greater Grand Crossing
July 30 Franklin Park North Lawndale 
August 6 Ogden Park West Englewood
August 13  Humboldt Park  Humboldt Park
August 27 Abbott Park Roseland 
September 10 West Pullman Park West Pullman 
September 17 Garfield Park West Garfield Park

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