Summer Day 2016


Thanks to all of the volunteers, students, parents, donors, supporters, and staff who made Summer Day 2016 a success!

Chicago Lights Summer Day is a six-week program that provides a safe place for 100 first through ninth graders to learn and engage in academic classes and arts instruction each summer. At the end of the session, students present a dynamic, multicultural arts performance for the community.

Students primarily from the Near North, Near West, and Austin/Lawndale neighborhoods come to Chicago Lights for classroom instruction in language arts, math, and science in the mornings and art workshops in dance, drama, visual art, singing, and digital music production in the afternoons.

Field trips throughout the Chicagoland area and enrichment classes such as meditation and contemplative practices, outdoor recreation, and yoga are also included in the six-week curriculum.


More information about volunteering for Summer Day 2017 will be posted in spring of 2017. Volunteer opportunities include

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

Click here for details.

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


2016 Summer Day Final Performance

Farm Camp and Summer Day Pen Pal Meet Up

Carnival Fun with Summer Day

Summer Day at Navy Pier

Peace and Mindfulness at Chicago Lights

Summer Day with the Center for Life and Learning

Happiness Club Dance Party

Jack the Dog Visits Summer Day

Summer Day at Oak Street Beach