Chicago Lights programming has adapted in response to COVID-19.

Building brighter futures.

Dynamic youth development and social services for all
Our Mission
Chicago Lights builds brighter futures for Chicago’s youth and adults through supportive relationships and life-changing programs.
We partner with Chicago’s youth and adults in mentoring, community services, academic support, career development, and arts education.

Empowering Chicago’s Youth

We offer comprehensive programming for youth to help them unleash their potential – because everyone deserves a bright future.
Tutoring
Supporting academic and personal growth
Summer Day
Promoting dynamic summer learning and enrichment
Urban Farm
Growing food, community, and job skills
Dance Academy
Building confidence and creativity through movement

Empowering
Chicago’s Adults

We help adults pursue and reach their goals toward achieving greater stability. Our food, clothing, housing, and other resources help build healthy and fulfilling lives.
Social Service Center
Self-development through supportive services

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 +

PEOPLE SERVED PER YEAR

50,000 +

PEOPLE SERVED SINCE 1964

Upcoming Events

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

Chicago Marathon

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is October 11, 2020. Join Team Chicago Lights and give back while training to cross the ultimate…

Plant Sale

Get plants from the Chicago Lights Urban Farm for your home garden! *Online ordering is closed. Curbside pickup is Saturday…

You can help change lives

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

Volunteer

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

Donate

Explore the many ways you can
make a difference.

Be a part of building
brighter futures.

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

COVID-19 Response:

Chicago Lights remains committed to helping build brighter futures for youth and adults. As we protect the health and safety of our participants, staff, and volunteers, the majority of our programming is operating virtually with some limited on-site operations.
Learn more here.