Summer in the City is a non-residential arts and adventure camp held in the heart of downtown Chicago, dedicated to helping young people discover treasure in Chicago, themselves, and others.

Campers enjoy daily program of activities including kayaking, rock wall climbing, visiting downtown Chicago icons, exploring and playing musical instruments, experimenting with theater, modern dance, painting, and helping prepare and enjoying food from around the world.

The camp is three weeks long with staffed, round-trip transportation to camp provided each day from a South Side pick up point. Families are invited to a live performance by the campers and an outdoor picnic on the Sunday morning following camp.

Summer in the City is Chicago’s most affordable summer program for youth because over three-quarters of the cost is underwritten by the generosity of the St. James community, allowing families that cannot pay the subsidized cost to request scholarships.

Director Tony Santiago has worked in Chicago as an artist, producer, and educator. He worked with Oracle Productions producing award-winning programming and offering to the public free of admission. Tony directed A Chorus of Hope, commissioned by the Lyric Opera in collaboration with Chicago Voices and Harmony Hope and Healing.

He also produces performance events for the pop-up production company, The Roustabouts. He’s a production manager at Adventure Stage and is a sexual assault prevention educator for the US Navy. Last year Tony founded Chicago Arts Access, a non-profit dedicated to building and connecting audiences with free tickets and accessibility services.

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