Wards365 Announces Summer50 Fest on Saturday, May 18 at United Center City-Wide Resource Festival focused on Summer Activities for Youth and Families

Wards365 Announces Summer50 Fest on Saturday, May 18 at United Center 
City-Wide Resource Festival focused on Summer Activities for Youth and Families

Today, Wards365 announced plans for Summer50 Fest, a city-wide resource festival aimed at connecting youth and families to productive, safe and fun programming and career opportunities with city agencies and civic organizations across Chicago. The inaugural Summer 50 Fest will take place on Saturday, May 18 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the United Center in the Atrium and adjacent parking lots. Summer50 Fest is free to attend and open to the public. 

Over 40 non-profit organizations and City of Chicago agencies will be represented at Summer50 Fest including Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, My Chi My Future and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. These organizations will be promoting summer programming sign-up for City of Chicago youth and families. Other organizations will be on-site to promote job and employment opportunities and financial literacy for Chicago teens and college students including the DNC Host Committee, Hire360, trade unions and more. Summer50 Fest will also feature several educational institutions including University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago State University, Illinois Institute of Technology and City Colleges of Chicago. 

In addition to on the spot program and career sign up opportunities, Summer50 Fest will host Chicago sports teams including the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Chicago SKY and the Chicago RedStars. Other Summer50 Fest highlights include E-sports and gaming design clinics, presentation by Warrior GMR Foundation and I Play Games, an interactive NASCAR simulator with youth race track, performance by the Jesse White Tumblers, raffle prizes, a DJ and more. 

“Summer in Chicago is one of our city’s greatest jewels," said LaToyia Huggins, Executive Director of Wards365. ‘Families and youth across Chicago should be able to easily and equitably access every opportunity our city has to offer - ensuring they have a safe, productive and fun summer. Summer50 Fest serves as a convenor, providing key city agencies and civic organizations a platform to reach residents and engage at a deep, transformative level. We want students and families who attend Summer50 Fest to leave with a plan for Summer 2024.” 

To learn more about Summer50 Fest and register to attend, please visit https://www.wards365.com/summer50-fest

About Wards365

Wards365 is aimed at supporting historically marginalized, hard-to-count communities across the city. Communities hit hardest by the lack of equity, access, and resiliency. The Wards365 organization will host three signature activations throughout 2024 - Summer50 Fest, Foodtober and the annual Christmas in the Wards Spectacular. 1 City. 50 Wards. Living 365. 

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