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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March 29, 2018

Meet AmeriCorps Coach Mel ›

Meet our rockstar coach, Melanie! Melanie, or Coach Mel, to her students, is spending her year of service at Chappell Elementary School, a longtime partner of Playworks Illinois. Coach Mel is from the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago. She studied exercise sport science at Judson University. She has a passion for service,…

February 27, 2018

Celebrating AmeriCorps Week with Service! ›

AmeriCorps Week is when we celebrate and highlight the great work of our AmeriCorps members across the nation. At Playworks Illinois, we want to give a huge whoosh clap to our AmeriCorps members for their commitment to service. Here is just one example of how they go above and beyond: This past January, Playworks Illinois…

February 23, 2018

AmeriCorps National Day of Service: Martin Luther King Jr. Day! ›

This past January, Playworks Illinois staff and AmeriCorps members painted a mural to show love and appreciation for one of our partner schools to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Everyone worked together and painted a part of the mural, ended the day with a full beautiful mural to go in the cafeteria at the…

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…

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Upcoming Events


June 16, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

Playworks Illinois 7th Annual Kickball Tournament ›

Lace up your sneakers and join us for some nostalgia over green grass and a big red bouncy ball for our 7th annual kickball tournament. The Playworks Illinois Corporate Kickball Tournament offers…

October 07, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

Join our 2018 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 students’…

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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: 312.631.3637
f: 877.209.5173

  

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