Designers for Learning provides educational resources and service-learning experiences designed to promote literacy.

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America empowers people to learn, grow, and contribute to a diverse and better-functioning society. We do this by maximizing public access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge.

Dream Big Education’s mission is to enrich children’s lives with life-affirming and energizing, creative experiences in the performing arts. With a focus on fostering confidence and self-expression, these collaborative educational experiences allow children’s hearts and spirits to shine bright on and off the stage.


At Edovo, our mission is to provide meaningful access to education and self-improvement tools that can unlock the potential of every person affected by incarceration.

Emerald City Theatre Company

Emerald City Theatre is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating theatre experiences that inspire early learners through play. Founded in 1996, it is one of Chicago’s most attended non-profit theatres with an annual programing reach of 80,000 children and their grown-ups. Through a rigorous collaboration between innovating artists and leading educators, Emerald City is a national leader in developing new work for young audiences, having created over 30 world premieres and worked with best-selling children’s authors such as Mo Willems, Jon Scieszka, and Laura Numeroff, as well as Grammy-nominated children’s musician Justin Roberts. The company creates performances for all ages, including babies and toddlers, at their performance locations: the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park, The Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, and Emerald City’s Little Theatre in Lakeview. Emerald City is also home to Chicago’s most-enrolled theatre camps and classes, serving ages three through thirteen with a focus on teaching important life skills through theatre. Emerald City is the proud recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Arts and Culture Award from Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce.