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Our Mission

Chicago Lights builds brighter futures for Chicago's youth and adults through supportive relationships and life-changing programs.

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We partner with Chicago’s youth and adults in mentoring, community services, academic support, career development, and arts education.

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Empowering Chicago's Youth

We offer comprehensive programming for youth to help them unleash their potential - because everyone deserves a bright future.

TUTORING
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Supporting academic and personal growth
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SUMMER DAY
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Promoting dynamic summer learning and enrichment
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URBAN FARM
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Growing food, community, and job skills
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DANCE ACADEMY
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Building confidence and creativity through movement
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SOCIAL SERVICE CENTER
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Self-development through supportive services
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Our Impact:
Changing Lives

Chicago Lights breaks the cycle of poverty through life-changing programs. We meet people where they are and build trust and true connection, helping thousands of students and adults realize their full potential.

4,000 +

50,000 +

People Served Per Year
People Served Since 1964
Upcoming events
FRIDAY, MARCH 6,2020 5:30PM
Gala of Hope

The Chicago Lights Gala of Hope is the signature annual event benefiting the outreach programs of Chicago Lights and the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11,2020 7:00AM
Chicago Marathon

Join Team Chicago Lights! Our runners train for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon while raising funds for our life-changing programs.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13,2019 8:00PM
Summer in September

The inaugural signature event hosted by young professionals at Chicago Lights features cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dancing, and carnival games--all in support of Chicago Lights.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15,2019 6:00PM
A Toast to Tutoring

A Toast to Tutoring is an exclusive cocktail party benefiting the Chicago Lights Tutoring program. The evening celebrates the impact of one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring tutors/mentors and students.

You can
help change lives

We believe everyone deserves access to the resources they need to thrive.
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Volunteer

Build brighter futures. Change lives. Volunteer with Chicago Lights!
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brighter futures.

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Every dollar you give goes directly toward empowering youth and adults.

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