My Chicago 

Students spend the summer exploring neighborhoods throughout the city.

August 10, 2009

My Chicago—a city discovery program offered by Summer Quest—launched its second year in July. My Chicago has doubled in size to accommodate 40 students this summer, up from 20 in 2008. This year’s four-week program ran July 6 - Aug. 3.


In My Chicago, students spent five days a week, each week, studying and visiting Chicago neighborhoods. Two days each week were spent in seminars, two days were spent in the field, and one day was devoted to learning communications skills and taking field trips to various city institutions and locations.


Days “in the field” were spent discovering four Chicago neighborhoods: Garfield Park, Pilsen, Hyde Park and Uptown. Students visited these areas to learn more about the communities’ identities, including their geographic, economic, civic and cultural make-up.


Loyola University partnered with CPS again this year, with four Loyola student teachers guiding the My Chicago curriculum. CPS students who entered their sophomore year in the fall of 2009, and who completed an application for Summer Quest, were eligible for participation in My Chicago.


This summer’s My Chicago class includes students from these CPS high schools:


  • Chicago Academy
  • Curie
  • Hancock
  • Harper
  • Jones
  • Kelly
  • Kenwood
  • Lake View
  • Lane Tech
  • Lincoln Park
  • Manley
  • Noble Street Charter UIC
  • Northside
  • Phoenix Military
  • Team Englewood
  • Von Steuben


For more information about My Chicago or Summer Quest call (773) 553-2027.


Learn more about Summer Quest.



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