Chicago Lights (Chicago, IL)


  • Name:Catherine Hegarty
  • Title:Associate Director for Foundation Relations

Organization Address

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

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:312-981-3563

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  • Mission:
  • Chicago Lights provides hope and opportunity to our city’s children, youth, and adults who face 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:
  • Community Outreach Programs of Chicago Lights
    Programs and services are offered at Fourth Presbyterian Church, in the nearby Near North neighborhood, in several underperforming Chicago Public Schools, and at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.

    Chicago Lights Tutoring encourages 400 students from under-resourced neighborhoods to graduate from high school and pursue higher education and meaningful careers. We match each first through twelfth grader with one caring adult tutor/mentor and provide them with innovative educational and enrichment resources that promote long-term academic and social success.

    Chicago Lights Summer Day combats summer learning loss for 100 students from under-resourced neighborhoods. We engage first through eighth graders in a six-week full-day program that includes academic and arts classes, outdoor recreation, field trips, and a dynamic final performance written and produced by the students.

    Chicago Lights Academic Success in Schools (CLASS) fosters learning, self-confidence, cooperation, and creative self-expression for 900 elementary school students. We offer dance, music, drama, and martial arts classes taught by professional artists at eight of Chicago’s underperforming schools.

    Chicago Lights Free Write Jail Arts and Literacy stimulates literacy and self-expression in 150 students at the Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. We supply one-to-one tutoring to improve students’ reading and writing skills and media arts workshops that encourage emotional healing and diminish recidivism.

    The Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center meets the basic human needs of 1,600 persons who are hungry, homeless, or in transition and helps individuals on their journey toward self-sufficiency. We provide community meals, bag lunches, a food pantry, clothing assistance, housing assistance, computer classes, job readiness training, support groups, and case management.

    The Chicago Lights Urban Farm empowers children, youth, and adults in the Near North (formerly Cabrini-Green) neighborhood through increased access to healthy, affordable food and to economic opportunities. We offer urban agriculture, workforce, and microenterprise training to youth, and teach children about urban agriculture practices, cooking, arts, and science.

  • History:
  • Founded as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2004, Chicago Lights is committed to improving people’s lives through one-to-one tutoring, arts education, social services, and urban farming and is the successor organization to Partners in Education, founded in 1991. Since the inception of our first program, Tutoring, in 1964, we have served more than 50,000 people.

    Today, with 1,500 volunteers, we annually serve more than 4,000 individuals of all races, ethnic backgrounds, and religious traditions.

  • Year established:2004
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:19
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:34


  • 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:2/21/2018 9:19:11 am

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