Elevarte (formerly Pros Arts)
Elevarte (formerly Pros Arts Studio) is a community-based organization which uses the arts as a means for youth development. A dedicated cadre of teaching artists and youth inspire and support each other as art makers and active citizens. We create youth-activated safe spaces through three core programs: In- School Residencies, Out-of-School-Time Programs, and Community Celebrations.

Offers: After School Labs, Teen Professional Mentorships
Location: Pilsen (SW)
Cost: Free


Hyde Park Art Center
The Hyde Park Art Center is a contemporary art exhibition space, learning lab, community resource, and social hub for artists and the art-curious. The space facilitates opportunities for artists to experiment and do things they wouldn’t be able to do elsewhere and encourages its visitors to get involved with the entire process of art and art making.

Offers: Classes, Exhibitions, Programming
Location: Hyde Park (S)
Cost: Class prices vary, various free programming opportunities.


Lillstreet Art Center
Lillstreet Art Center is a large community of artists and students working side-by-side in a friendly environment which encourages and inspires artistic growth in the individual. Lillstreet Art Center supports the arts through an artist residency program, gallery, studio space, education, and an outreach program.

Offers: Classes, exhibition
Location: Ravenswood (NE)
Cost: Class prices vary


Little Black Pearl
Little Black Pearl is a nonprofit serving youth in the Kenwood/Oakland, Woodlawn, and Bronzeville neighborhoods on Chicago’s south side. This cultural arts center provides opportunities in art, culture and entrepreneurship to youth, adults and families across Chicago.

Offers: Programming, Courses, Workshops
Location: Kenwood/Oakland, Woodlawn, Bronzeville (S)
Cost: Free


Marwen is a not for profit arts center that educates and inspires young people in the visual arts. Marwen provides arts courses in several disciplines, college and career programming, and exhibitions.

Offers: Courses, college and career programming, exhibitions
Location: Rivernorth (N)
Cost: Free


North Branch Projects
North Branch Projects is an independently run project space located in Albany Park, Chicago, IL. That serves as a community bookbinding facility. North Branch Projects uses the book arts to expand the creative reach of individuals. The studio community fosters an open approach to sharing work with new audiences and encourages collaboration and integration.

Offers: Open-studio with materials and instructors.
Location: Albany Park (NW)
Cost: Free


Rumble Arts Center
Rumble Arts Center is an all ages, multicultural, community-based arts organization directly serving Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. Their mission is to provide an accessible cultural space that facilitates the empowerment and education of individual and communities.

Offers: Classes, exhibitions, workshops, cultural events
Location: Humboldt Park (NW)
Cost: Free- Sliding Scale


Snow City Arts
Snow City Arts provides one-on-one instruction in various disciplines to young patients in various Chicago land hospitals. The organization is arts-based, but puts much focus on learning and integrating state and national standards in across subject matter to ensure that the hospitalized children are learning skills that are in line with their regular school’s classroom.

Offers: One-on-one instruction in the arts (visual arts, creative writing music, theater, film making)
Location: (Various hospitals)
Cost: Part of hospital programming


The South Chicago Art Center
The South Chicago Art Center is open five days a week and offer a place in which students can learn visual arts practices, find friendship, solidarity and peace.

Offers: After-school programming, high school internships
Location: SE Chicago
Cost: Free


Yollocalli Arts Reach 
Yollocalli Arts Reach, a youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art, is a platform for innovative, urban practices that generate youth agency. The Yollocalli model is based on creating a space for experiential learning, collaboration with emerging artists, and the autonomy for youth to realize their own vision.

Offers: Courses, Open Studio, Digital Media Lab, Library
Location: Pilsen (NW)
Cost: Free