Chicago Lights (Chicago, IL)


  • Name:Ms. Wydetta Carter
  • Title:Benefit Auction Coordinator

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Chicago Lights
  • Address:126 E. Chestnut Street
    Chicago, IL 60611
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:312-787-4570
  • Main fax:312-787-4584

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  • Mission:
  • Chicago Lights provides hope and opportunity to Chicago's children, youth, and adults facing the challenges of poverty. Through supportive relationships and diverse programs, we empower people to thrive academically, secure economic stability, lead healthy lives and build community.

  • Overview:
  • Our Programs:

    Chicago Lights Tutoring provides 400 students in grades one through twelve with weekly one-to-one tutoring sessions to support learning, improve literacy, provide job readiness, and ensure long-term academic and social success. The students live in economically challenged neighborhoods and attend underperforming schools.

    Chicago Lights Urban Farm empowers children, youth, and adults in Cabrini-Green through increased access to healthy, affordable food and to economic opportunities. Nutritional education, workforce training, and microenterprise development is offered to youth while children learn urban agriculture practices, cooking, arts, and science.

    The Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center meets basic human needs while working with partner agencies to support persons on their journey toward greater stability and security, serving more than 1,300 adults annually who are hungry, homeless, or in transition.

    Chicago Lights Summer Day, a six-week full day summer program, offers 100 children in grades one through eight the opportunity to sharpen their academic skills while engaging creatively in art, music, drama, and dance activities. The program also provides these students living in an at-risk areas with a safe place to learn.

    Chicago Lights Academic Success in Schools promotes learning and creative self-expression through drama and dance classes taught by professional artists throughout the school year for nearly 1,000 students attending underperforming schools.

    Chicago Lights Free Write Jail Arts and Literacy at the Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School, provides the only one-to-one literacy tutoring available to 150 youth in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The program seeks to reduce recidivism and help students find meaningful pathways to healing and self-expression through daily writing and arts workshops.

  • History:
  • Chicago Lights was founded in 2004 as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit outreach organization that embodies the commitment of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago to seek justice and to compassionately serve its neighbors in need. It is the successor to Partners in Education, which was founded in 1991. Since the inception of our first program, Tutoring, in 1964, we have served more than 50,000 people.

    Today Chicago Lights annually serves 4,000 individuals of all races, ethnic backgrounds, and religous traditions. With over 1,000 volunteers and partnerships with more than 130 other organizations, Chicago Lights lifts up those who are underserved to help them claim a fuller life and a brighter future.

  • Year established:2004
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:20
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:27


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:36-3786331

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:363786331
  • Organization Name:CHICAGO LIGHTS
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% MARY LOU PETERSON
  • Organization Address:126 E CHESTNUT ST
  • Organization City:CHICAGO
  • Organization State:IL
  • Organization Zip:60611-2014
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 1991
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):149
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other instruction and training
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:T30
  • Asset Amount:$723,423
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,506,918
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,305,049
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 11:50:41 am

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