Talent on Display: A Year of Performances & Special Events
Throughout the year, the Youth Center delights in hosting events that feature its members. For example, a February tradition at GCYC, Black Youthstory, is a performance-based celebration of Black culture, history and accomplishments from a youth perspective. Such events offer opportunities for youth to celebrate the occasion and showcase their talent to the community.


Uplift is our programming specifically for adults. Your $75 annual Uplift membership gives you access to our fitness center and a variety of movement classes including Zumba, line dancing, aerobics, and more. We additionally host a variety of community events under the Uplift banner. These events are usually free and open to the public and they consist of everything from continuing education workshops to summer jazz nights. To become an Uplift member, contact Annette Ford, our Membership Coordinator at aford@gcychome.org

Upcoming Events

Summer Jazz Night
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
6:30-8:00 PM
Back by popular demand, Magic Carpet will thrill us with their hypnotizing and intoxicating homage to ancient music while taking a bold step into the future. This event is FREE and open to the public. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be served. CDs and Ethiopian coffee will be on sale. For more information or to RSVP, email shaynes@gcychome.org.


GCYC’s Open House 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
5:00-9:00 PM
This event is designed to promote GCYC to the broader community; youth and adult members will be able to enroll for the program year. There will be program demonstrations, fun inflatables, hearty snacks, and the opportunity for online registration. For more information, contact Ms. Haynes at shaynes@gcychome.org.


Labor Day- GCYC Closed
Monday, September 5, 2016
GCYC is closed for programming: enjoy your holiday!


GCYC’s annual Parent & Caregiver Breakfast

Saturday, September 24, 2016

10:00 AM-11:45 AM

This event is for Uplift members and the parents and caregivers of our youth members. Join us for a wonderful morning of great “home cooking” courtesy of the youth from our culinary team and learn about our programming for the new program year.






Past Events


Thank you to all of our donors & sponsors for their generous support! BerbeeWalsh Foundation, Comer Family Foundation, Patrick G. & Shirley W. Ryan Foundation, BMO Harris Bank, GCM Grosvenor, The Malkin Family, McClain & Canoy, LLC, Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, The Rooney Family, The Rosenfield Family, Urban Partnership Bank, Bernstein Private Wealth Management, Guy & Courtney Comer, Robert Craigie & Stephanie Comer, The Delve Group, GCI, Harris Family foundation, Loeb & Loeb, LLP, Merit Advisors, The Sustena Group, UnitedHealthcare, Willis Private Client | Willis Foundation

View photos from GCYC 2015 Benefit Luncheon.

2015 Career Week at GCYC & GCCP was a great success! View event photos.

View photos from the Black Youth Story, a performance-based celebration of Black culture, history and accomplishments from a youth perspective.

View photos from Growing Up with Promise and Possibility Benefit, October 2014.

View photos from Growing Up Daley GCYC’s Inaugural Benefit, October 2013.

Please submit an online request form. Rental rates will be forwarded to you after your request has been received.