Organizations

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.

EmpowerLD seeks to support teachers, students, parents, and professionals via workshops, consulting, and professional development sessions with no cost to the partnering sites.

Music for Every Child

Our vision is a society where children of all means have access to music education and the opportunity to creatively express themselves through music; where all children are inspired to engage in their communities and realize their full potential.

Since 2000, Free Write Arts & Literacy provides one-on-one literacy tutoring, workshops in creative writing, visual art, and music production, as well as publishing and public performance opportunities to youth currently detained in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (CCJTDC).

Future Hits

Matthew Baron worked in sales for years, but realized cold calling in business parks wasn’t his calling. Therefore, he decided to pursue teaching to share his love of learning with English and Spanish-speaking students. This led to Future Hits, the heartfelt (yet secretly educational) music project for kids, families and teachers. While teaching for Chicago Public Schools, Baron began writing standards-aligned songs with corresponding activities and differentiated assessments. Since then, he’s written over 50 songs, formed a dynamic band, recorded albums, and administered his enrichment programs in countless classrooms. Future Hits will enhance your children’s lives and learning (and perhaps yours, too!).