Playworks Illinois

Playworks helps kids stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills through play.

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All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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Latest News


October 19, 2017

Get in the Game: Camp Playworks 2017 Recap ›

Playworks Illinois hosted its fourth annual Get in the Game: Camp Playworks event on September 28th. This celebratory party was attended by 150+ friends of Playworks Illinois including community, business, and education leaders for a night of fun, food, drink, and of course play! We were also excited to welcome back Natalie Martinez from NBC…

May 25, 2017

Healthy Chicago 2.0 and Playworks deepen impact in schools ›

Healthy Chicago 2.0, launched by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health, serves as the start of a new movement dedicated to making Chicago a connected, vibrant, and healthy city for all residents. Playworks partnered with Healthy Chicago 2.0 because of our shared values to create healthier, inclusive school communities where kids can thrive. Through…

February 22, 2017

Celebrating AmeriCorps Week with Coach Shay ›

Playworks Illinois is celebrating AmeriCorps week by highlighting one of our AmeriCorps Coaches, Shamerea Richards. Coach Shay is a first-year coach serving at James N. Thorp Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree in Corporate Communication from Eastern Illinois University and returned to the city to help strengthen the Chicago Public School…

November 10, 2016

Founder of Playworks, Jill Vialet, Q&A on Chicago Woman ›

It was in 1996 that Jill Vialet founded Playworks, a national nonprofit providing elementary schools and youth organizations around the country with fun and safe activities. Read the full interview on chicago-woman.com.

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October 7, 2018

Join our 2017 BOA Chicago Marathon team! ›

Playworks is thrilled to be an official charity of the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Over the past four years, our runners have generously raised funds to support Illinois…

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A Better Recess


Instead of going back to class energized and ready to learn after recess, kids often return upset and unable to focus. We can change this. At a great recess:

Kids are at their best

Kids bring out the best in themselves and each other. They learn the value of fair play, compassion, and respect. They practice key social and emotional skills.

Kids become leaders

They run their own games and settle their disputes quickly (we recommend rock, paper, scissors) because getting along is more fun than fighting.

Kids choose to be active

When all students are included and all students know how to play popular games, every child has the opportunity to discover the joy of active play.

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650 W Lake Street
Suite 230
Chicago, IL 60661

t: 312.324.0280
f: 877.209.5173

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