Chicago Lights Summer Day

Chicago Lights Summer Day is a six-week program that provides a safe place for 125 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.

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 Fernie Tiflis, Director, Chicago Lights Tutoring and Summer Day, at 312.981.3381 or