Chicago Lights Summer Day

Chicago Lights Summer Day provides a safe place to learn and engage in academic classes and arts activities for 100 first through ninth graders for six weeks each summer.

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.

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


Volunteer opportunities include

  • Academic Classroom Assistance
  • Arts Class Assistance
  • Meal Time Assistance
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Sharing a Special Talent

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Summer Day Photos

“Peace From the Inside Out” | August 4, 2016

Carnival Fun with Summer Day | July 29, 2016

Farm Camp and Summer Day Pen Pal Meet Up | July 28, 2016

Summer Day at Navy Pier | July 15, 2016

Peace and Mindfulness at Chicago Lights | July 13, 2016

Summer Day with the Center for Life and Learning | July 13, 2016

Jack the Dog Visits Summer Day | July 12, 2016

Happiness Club Dance Party | July 8, 2016

Summer Day at Oak Street Beach | July 8, 2016

“Big City, Big Dreams” Summer Day Final Performance | July 31, 2015

Summer Day and Farm Camp Pen Pals Meet-Up | July 28, 2015

For more information about Summer Day, contact Alex Cornwell, Director of Summer Day, at 312.981.3565 or