Urban Gateways engages young people in arts experiences to inspire creativity and impact social change.
We work to overcome social and economic barriers for youth to access Chicago’s artistic and cultural vitality. Our vision is a creative and artistically responsive society.
Our programs are delivered by experienced professional artists and staff who guide program participants through music, dance, theater, multimedia, literary, and visual arts experiences – engaging young people, their teachers, families, and communities with the power of creativity and the arts. We reach over 80,000 young people across about 250 locations annually. Programs are 100% free to participants.
Explore the links above to learn more about what we do. Our residency, performance, and workshop programs have been inspiring young Chicagoans for decades (see the History tab for more details); Street Level joined Urban Gateways as our youth digital media center in 2017; Teen Arts Pass launched in May 2018; and in 2020 we’re now offering virtual arts programs. There’s always a lot happening!