Current & Upcoming Events

Black History Month Celebration

CHICAT presents in partnership with the Blues Kids Foundation and Senior Kappa Affairs a Black History Month Celebration; on February 7, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Join us for a Black and Red affair, celebrating the rich history of the African-American community, featuring live music from the Blues Kids!

To purchase tickets, please visit (Donations benefit CHICAT, Blues Kids Foundation, and CAC Senior Kappa Affairs).

Must be 21 years or older to attend the event.

Fall Youth Arts Exhibition:  Build Your Own Vision

You are cordially invited to explore how one person’s “vision” can ignite the path of the storyteller; as our fall Youth Arts Program present, Build Your Own Vision Exhibition, on December 20, 2019, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. This fall, our students explored the art of storytelling through the artist lens.

We are excited to offer you the opportunity to explore a visionaries tale!

RVSP today!

An Evening with Lee Bey: Exploring Architecture and Community

To register for the event, please click RSVP or email

Dia de los Muertos Celebration (Day of the Dead)

Come celebrate Dia de Muertos with us at CHICAT Friday, November 8 from 4 PM – 6:30 PM! This is a family-friendly event. We will have arts & crafts, mariachi, Aztec dance, food, and altars. Feel free to bring your family to celebrate this amazing Mexican tradition. This event is open for the community and collaborations are highly encouraged.

RSVP today!

Summer Youth Arts Exhibition: The Age of Futurism

You are cordially invited to explore the concept of futurism; as our summer Youth Arts Program presents,  The Age of Futurism Exhibition; on August 16, 2019, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. This summer, our students explored the movement of art and music through a futuristic lens; giving it meaning outside of the past or present.

We are excited to offer you the opportunity to travel in time, as these amazing young people show us precisely what the future holds.

RSVP Today!

Spring 2019 Youth Programs ORIENTATION
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 5:30pm-7:30pm I Saturday, February, 9, 2019 from 11:00am-12:30pm •

The Youth Art Program offers art classes for Middle School and High School students. CHICAT’s Youth Programs are focused on providing students with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) educational experiences. Our no-cost programs will enable youth to realize their creative potential and share it with their communities and the world. CHICAT’s educational exchange takes place in our state-of-the-art studios: The Design Lab, Digital Lab, and Maker Lab.

For more information on classes being offered, click here:

(Mandatory for parents or guardian of new students to attend)

Winter Youth Showcase 2018

Students from CHICAT’s Youth Arts Programs exhibited photographs, video, armor, silkscreening, 3D prints, and VR at the Fall 2018 showcase. Families and friends came by to see the student work and celebrate. The Youth Art Team and student artists were on hand to talk about their work and all the new art & technology skills learned in CHICAT’s three studios. Highlights included a murder mystery-themed digital photo series and video made in the Digital Arts studio, as well as costumes and silk screen shirts made in the Design Arts Studio. Oculus VR headsets programmed in the 3D Maker Lab were on hand at the showcase exhibition to show 360 degree footage of the silkscreening process.

Congratulations to the students and all who make the Youth Arts Program at CHICAT a success! Look for more information soon to sign up middle schoolers and high schoolers for the Spring 2019 classes (all free!), which begin mid-February!

Caption: Maker Lab Instructor Matt Wilson shows how to use the Oculus Go VR headset.

Holiday Reception: Corporate Partners

2018 has been an exciting year of change and accomplishments for CHICAT! Included in our momentum:

  • Adult Education students in the high-demand fields of Maintenance Mechanics, Food Lab/Quality Control and Health Information Technology graduated with industry standard certifications
  • We served nearly 400 youth from Pilsen, North Lawndale and Little Village in our Youth Arts Education Programs
  • We opened the doors of our beautiful space to host a number of corporate, private, and community partner meetings and events.

In 2019, and beyond, we will continue with our mission to elevate the talent present in the community by providing innovative arts and technology programs, industry-driven career training, and an inspiring space to unify the neighborhoods we serve. In our state-of-the-art maker lab, we’ve seen future engineers and designers awakened. In our digital arts studios, we’ve brought to life important storytellers who will give voice to their communities. In our adult training classrooms, we’ve unlocked amazing potential in our adult students who were looking for the right opportunity to find a life-changing career.

None of this would be possible without YOU, our dedicated friends, partners, and donors!

We want to share these achievements with you. Please join us in celebrating our accomplishments at our Holiday Reception on,

Chicago Center of Arts & Technology
1701 W. 13TH Street
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Please RSVP by December 3, 2018, to Keli Change

CHICAT Youth Summer Programs

If your child is interested in participating in a creative summer program geared towards STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) CHICAT is the place!!

We are offering three sessions:
Session I: June 25, 2018 – July 10, 2018
Session II: July 16, 2018 – July 27, 2018
Session III: July 30, 2018 – August 10, 2018

Register TODAY:

CHICAT Family Day
March 23, 2018 • 11:30 AM - 7:30 PM


Youth Arts Building Tour
February 08, 2018 • 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Join the Youth Arts team to see the CHICAT space and learn more about free Youth Arts programs.

Youth Arts Building Tour
February 15, 2018 • 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Join the Youth Arts team to see the CHICAT space and learn more about free Youth Arts programs.

Youth Arts Open House
February 24, 2018 • 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Join the Youth Arts team to enroll in CHICAT’s free Spring programs.

Youth Arts Open House
February 28, 2018 • 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Join the Youth Arts team to enroll in CHICAT’s free Spring programs.

Adult Program Weekly Information Sessions
Wednesdays/Thursdays • 11:00 AM

Join us every Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00 AM to learn more about our healthcare and advanced manufacturing programs for adults.

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