Summer in the City
2020 Program News
In light of the recommendations from our state and citywide officials, as well as the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, St. James Cathedral made the difficult yet exciting decision to change our approach to Summer in the City (SitC) this year. We cannot imagine a summer in Chicago without SitC – so we refuse to do so!
We are re-imagining traditional programming as Summer in the City – A Virtual Camp in a Box. SitC 2020 will take place July 20th – 31st.
While we are disappointed not to be able to gather in-person at St. James Cathedral, we are eager and excited about the opportunity to continue the mission and joy of SitC in a manner that reflects the challenge and promise of our times. SitC 2020 will be a dynamic blend of virtual gatherings with campers and SitC staff and volunteers and activity boxes that will be delivered to all participants to stimulate their creativity, self-confidence and sense of adventure!
We will kick off the SitC 2020 season on Saturday, Jun. 6th on Zoom.
For Donors and Volunteers: Join us for an informative meeting by clicking this direct Zoom link at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jun. 6th.
For Campers and their Families: Join the fun by clicking this direct Zoom link at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jun. 6th.
For SitC Donations: Follow this link and designate Summer in the City to donate online or send a check with Summer in the City in the memo line to St. James Cathedral (65 E Huron Street Chicago, IL 60611).
General SitC Program Information
For over 15 years, St. James Cathedral has dedicated itself to helping young people discover treasure in Chicago, themselves, and others with its two-week nonresidential camp, Summer in the City.
What is Summer in the City?
- Summer in the City (or SITC for short) is a day-camp hosted by St. James bringing youth, staff, volunteers together throughout the year for art, kayaking, rock wall climbing, pottery, playing music, dancing, photography, painting, and food. This year's camp offering will be virtual and materials for activities will be delivered to family homes during the camp's session.
When is Summer in the City 2020?
- Summer in the City is from Jul. 20 - Jul. 31, 2020.
Can I register my camper(s) for Summer in the City?
- Registration is open now for returning and new campers and St. James community members looking to join the summer fun. Click here to register for Virtual Camp in a Box!
How much does Summer in the City cost?
- SITC is free thanks to the generosity of the St. James community.
Who can be a camper at Summer in the City?
- Anyone who lives in the greater Chicago area and is between the ages of 8 to 13 by or on Jun. 1, 2020.
Who makes Summer in the City possible?
- SITC is hosted by St. James Cathedral and is organized and run by Summer in the City staff and volunteers from St. James.
Meet Your SitC 2020 Committee
Tony Santiago, Director is a Chicago based artist who connects communities to the arts. Tony Santiago currently works with Arts Alliance Illinois fighting for funding and policy for arts and culture in Illinois. In Chicago, Tony has collaborated with numerous institutions in Chicago including Lyric Opera, Chicago Parks District, and Goodman Theatre. Tony founded Chicago Arts Access, a nonprofit that bridges arts organizations, art lovers, and community with tickets to live performances across Chicago at FreeTix.org.
Anna Broadbent, Curate leads the Cathedral's outreach ministries and young adults group. She recently graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained a priest at St. James. During seminary, Anna completed a certification in Criminal Justice and Reconciliation, which sparked her passion for working with individuals who are presently or formerly incarcerated.
Nicole A. B. Spencer, SITC Committee Member & Volunteer has been a member of the St. James Cathedral community since Autumn 2015. Summer in the City is the ministry that inspired her to become a member of St. James. As a member of the committee and an enthusiastic volunteer during camp and SITC seasonal events, she focuses on strategies and processes that support the vibrancy and longevity of the ministry.
Allison Weber, SITC Committee Member & Volunteer joined St. James Cathedral in 2017. She has grown to appreciate and admire the diverse, open, and loving community and its commitment to creating programs like Summer in the City. After joining SITC as a volunteer two years ago, she wanted to continue to build upon the experience for the young campers, connecting them to local arts, culture, and food. When not at St. James, she works as an Interior Designer at Gensler, actively involved with I-NOMA Design Build projects and Rebuilding Together. She also enjoys engaging with the arts, food, culture, and all things fitness & sports!
Email Tony Santiago.