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 Youth Story, 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.

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

Upcoming Events

Caring Cosmetics Workshop Series (Sponsored by the Napier Initiative)

Tuesdays in June and July
6:00 p.m.

  • 6.23.15 Essential Oils and Other Natural Oils
  • 7.7.15 Henna Decorations and Hair Dyes
  • 7.21.15 Hair Gels and Pomades

Did you know there are chemicals used in the cosmetic industry that disproportionately affect the health of Black women, specifically the endocrine and reproductive systems? These health hazards are, not surprisingly, applicable to men as well. This workshop series will help participants learn to make natural cosmetics that are non-toxic and affordable, while also learning about industrial chemicals to avoid when purchasing cosmetics. All participants will leave the workshops with a full-sized feature product and literature about chemicals to avoid in their cosmetics. Listings of Chicago retailers to purchase non-toxic, affordable, & sustainable cosmetics will also be available.  These events are free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, contact Senyah Haynes via e-mail.

GCYC’s Summer Academic and Enrichment Camp Begins
Monday, June 22, 2015
The Gary Comer Youth Center hosts one of the most engaging and competitively-priced summer camps in the city of Chicago! Lunch, snack, field trips, fun Fridays… This is 6 weeks packed with learning, fun, and time well spent! For more information or to register, contact Monique Turner via e-mail.

Midnight Basketball
Friday, June 26, 2015
7:00 p.m. to Midnight
GCYC Members, come out for Midnight Basketball and hoop the night away. For more information, contact Monique Turner via e-mail.

It’s time to enjoy GCYC-grown fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs & flowers

  • GCYC Farm Stand
  • Mondays & Wednesdays | June 9 – Aug. 28 | 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Across from GCYC on South Chicago Avenue
  • Green Teens’ Harvest Table at GCYC
  • June 26; July 10,17, 24, 31; Aug. 7 and 14  | 3 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Comer Crops Farm Stand Comes to Gold Coast
  • Thursdays through August | 7:00 am – 2 pm
  • St. James Episcopalian Church at Huron and Rush

Mark your calendars! Tours and planting workshops will also be offered. For more information, please contact GCYC Garden Manager Marji Hess (Harvest Tables) or GCYC Farm Manager Andy Rozendaal (Farm Stands).

Teen Safety Day
Thursday, July 16, 2015
1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Join us for this youth-led conference about a variety of ways to navigate safely in your personal and scholastic lives. This annual conference has included a variety of workshops, including internet safety, driving safety, anti-bullying, and more. For teens predominately, but parents are welcome. For more information, contact Terica Middleton at via e-mail.

GCYC’s LifeFest
Saturday, July 25, 2015
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Come join us in this celebration of health and vitality which  includes a variety of movement sessions such as Zumba, yoga, and tai chi; healthy food cooking demos and samples; wellness and health assessments from leading health professionals, and more! This event is free and open to the public, great for the entire family. Stay for a half hour, or hang out for the entire event – there’s plenty to do! For more information, contact Lisa Beavers at via e-mail.

Gary Comer Youth Center Benefit Luncheon 2015
Save the Date | Wednesday, October 14
11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Please join us for our 3rd Annual Benefit Luncheon featuring Fortune 50 Executive & author of A Chance in the World, Steve Pemberton, Chief Diversity Officer and Divisional Vice President, Walgreens. Proceeds will advance our college success initiative.

Recent Events

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

View photos from the 2014 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.