Updates

June 29, 2012

Extreme Extravaganzas ›

Playworks Chicago kept our students moving with our League Extravaganzas! Boys from Namaste, Peterson, Inter-American Magnet, Melody, and Cameron Elementary schools came together at Wicker Park Field House for a skills-building baskethball clinic. Our extravaganzas provide an opportunity for players to learn fundamentals and conclude with scrimmages putting newly acquired skills to the test. Players…

June 27, 2012

Junior Coach Conference Introduces Youth Leaders to Lifelong Learning ›

Our second, all–day, Junior Coach Conference was held on Loyola University Chicago’s beautiful lakefront campus. Our Junior Coaches (JCs) are 4th and 5th grade students chosen by their teachers and Playworks program coordinators to lead games during their schools’ recesses and act as role models in their school communities.  For many of our JCs, it…

March 21, 2012

Playworks Chicago Inaugural Corporate Kickball Tournament 2012 ›

Come kick it with Playworks Chicago at our first ever Corporate Kickball Tournament Friday, June 15. Join us for an afternoon of playful competition at Chicago’s historic Grant Park. Along with the fresh air and fun, enjoy a spread of fantastic food and a post-tournament happy hour. This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate your employees, build corporate…

February 28, 2012

Playworks Chicago Holds First Junior Coach Conference ›

Fourth and fifth grade junior coaches (JCs) and Playworks Chicago staff came together at the Pulaski Park Field House for the first ever Playworks Chicago Junior Coach Conference. The day began with an icebreaker game called human bingo which allowed the participants to introduce themselves to JCs from other schools and also learn fun facts…

February 9, 2012

The Girls Got Game! ›

Playworks Chicago kicked off the 2011-12 Girls Basketball season with our first ever Extravaganza, an event where all of our schools’ teams (comprised of 4th and 5th graders) came together for a skills-building clinic. At stations led by our Playworks Program Coordinators, players were able to practice their shooting, rebounding, passing, dribbling and defensive skills.…

December 9, 2011

Playworks execs, board take over Chicago ›

Traveling from all 22 Playworks cities across the country, executive directors and our national board of directors blew into the Windy City for their annual fall retreat. Chicago was excited to host the festivities this year, which included a national governance gathering and dinner with special guest, 'Hoop Dreams' filmmaker Peter Gilbert, who welcomed everyone…

November 7, 2011

Playworks Chicago Volunteer Launch – Tuesday, November 15, 2011 ›

Make a difference on the playground . . . join us for the Playworks Chicago Volunteer Launch! Tuesday, November 15, 6 – 7:30pm DePaul University Student Center Room 315 (Lincoln Park Campus) 2250 N. Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 We are a national nonprofit that just opened its doors in Chicago this past summer. We…

November 3, 2011

Playin’ In the Streets! ›

Chicago’s Active Transit Alliance hosted the first Open Streets on State Street event, where seven blocks of our famous "great street" were closed to traffic and transformed into an urban playground filled with activities for all ages. There was a mobile skate park, a dunk tank, a chalk art street mural, yoga classes and break…

September 30, 2011

Walking for Wellness ›

Despite the light rain, walkers from all over Chicago's Austin neighborhood gathered at LaFollette Park for some recess games and warm-ups for the Walk Across Austin. Austin is Building A Healthier Chicago's focus neighborhood this year. The goal of the 5K was to spark interest in community wellness and walking clubs for people living in the area.…