Summer In The City

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.

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. Donate now! Campers enjoy an exciting daily program of activities including kayaking, rock wall climbing, visiting downtown Chicago icons like the Museum of Contemporary Art or the architecture of the South Loop, exploring and playing musical instruments with Director of Music Stephen Buzard, experimenting with theater, modern dance, painting, and helping prepare and enjoying food from around the world.

The camp is three weeks long, July 9-27 at St. James Cathedral. Families are invited to a live arts performance by the campers and an outdoor picnic on Sunday morning, July 29.

Recently, we held an event and asked campers, parents, and counselors, “What does Summer in the City mean to you?” They told us it creates opportunities for adventure, learning, and personal growth in a uniquely loving and supportive “family” environment. Campers value the chance to develop into counselors and, in turn, to nurture younger children. These are treasured gifts!

Your contribution will make it possible to provide scholarships that allow families that cannot pay the subsidized cost to request scholarships. Summer in the City transforms lives and encourages children and teens to dream big and take steps to realize their dreams.

Volunteer for Summer in the City and mentor campers and their counselors!

Please email Andrew Long before June 15 to help participants with arts and music activities, accompany visits to cultural venues around Chicago, lead a small group to the beach, kayaking, or rock wall climbing, or serve meals. Choice of time slots and activities available!

Volunteers are required to undergo a background check and training will be provided before camp. Training will be held the last week of June.