Chicago Lights Summer Day

Chicago Lights Summer Day provides a safe place to learn and engage in academic classes and arts activities for 90 first through eighth graders for six weeks each summer. At the end of the session, children present a dynamic, multicultural music and dance performance for the community.

Students primarily from the Near North, West Town, and Humboldt Park neighborhoods come to Chicago Lights for classroom instruction in writing, reading, science, and math in the mornings; and art workshops in dance, drama, art, music, and digital music production in the afternoons.

Field trips throughout the Chicagoland area and enrichment classes such as yoga, healthy eating, and computer skills are also included in the six-week curriculum. At the end of the program, the children present a dynamic, multicultural music, dance, and drama performance for the community.


Summer Day 2015 starts on Wednesday, June 24 and will conclude on Friday, July 31. The six-week program will run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Gratz Center of Fourth Presbyterian Church (126 E. Chestnut St.).

To request a student application,please contact Fernie Tiflis at 312.981.3381 or



Energetic volunteers are needed to be a part of this six-week (June 24July 31) program serving first- through eighth-grade children from Chicago’s under-resourced neighborhoods. From classroom assistants to field trip chaperones to meal-time helpersa variety of positions and shifts are available!

New volunteers (sixteen years or older) are asked to attend one of following orientation sessions in Room 5G: Thursday, June 4 at 3:00 p.m. or Thursday, June 11 at 5:30 p.m. RSVP online here.

Summer Day Photos

Happy 30th Birthday, Summer Day! | July 21, 2011

More information about Summer Day is available on the Chicago Lights website or by contacting Meghan Stegemann (312.981.356), Associate Director for Chicago Lights Tutoring and Summer Day.