Utilizing Chicago as a Learning Tool

Bicycle and walking trails follow the lake shore

It’s now summer vacation at YCCS, but leaving the classroom behind doesn’t always mean leaving learning behind. Chicago, the world-class city that we live in, offers so many activities of creativity and discovery for our student community.  Chicago offers a wealth of experiential learning options, many of them free, and most accessible with a little bit of planning. All our students need to do are hop on the bus or el, or walk, bike or ride and start exploring the wonders of our city. Here are just a few worth mentioning:

A Plethora of Free Events can be Found on:
So many books and movies can be discovered at our great public libraries:
Our students can take advantage of new exhibits by local and national artists and utilize tuition-free opportunities to develop new skills in an environment supported by teaching artists, alumni, staff and their peers through workshops on such topics as Art and Restorative Justice:
And don’t forget parades and spectator events:


Relaxing on the lawn in Millenium Park
  • Bud Billiken Parade, August 12, parade steps off south down MLK Drive from Oakwood Blvd followed by picnic in Washington Park
  • Windy City Carnival, August 19, Midway Plaisance, University of Chicago
  • 59th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, August 19 & 20 (free full                                                     rehearsal, August 18), North Avenue Beach