Category Archive


  • Spidermonkey Cycling Rides for UI

    This weekend, in beautiful Fennville, Michigan, a group of dedicated cyclists from Spidermonkey Cycling Club gathered for a charity cycling event in support of Urban Initiatives. 30 Spidermonkey cyclists arrived at Virtue Cider in Fennville for a day of cycling, cider and fun. Over the course of the last few months these riders have fundraised…

  • Kickstarting Piccolo’s plan to Revitalize West Humboldt Park

    Piccolo School of Excellence is a turnaround school that experienced a complete overhaul of the teachers and admin 5 years ago. Through the tireless work of the staff, it has become a Level 1+ school within that time.! The school has high hopes of continuing its work with the children and also serving the needs…

  • Guggenheim Goes to Summer Camp

    On Tuesday, July 18 a group of volunteers from Guggenheim Partners spent the day at Urban Initiative’s largest summer camp site, Jahn Elementary School. The volunteers spent their morning playing games, doing arts and crafts, and sweating it out in the hot summer sun with 40 Urban Initiatives students.

  • CBRE Wins it All at 3rd Annual Corporate Challenge Cup

    For the third year, Urban Initiatives hosted the highly anticipated Corporate Challenge Cup at Humboldt Park. The all-day soccer tournament allows companies from across the Chicago area to come together for a day of friendly competition and giving back. This year, 24 teams competed for the coveted title of Corporate Challenge Cup champion. All of…

  • UI Staff Profile: Meet Emily!

    The UI team is growing! Meet Emily, the newest member of Team Urban Initiatives. Emily is the new Development Coordinator and is looking forward to contributing to the growth and impact of Urban Initiatives. Welcome Emily to the team!

  • Collaboration and Play at Prieto Field Day!

    sports-based youth development partners from the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Run, Girls in the Game, and Urban Initiatives convened at Prieto school to celebrate the end of year field day with fun physical activity.

  • 5th Anniversary Work to Play Cup Presented by Target

    The Urban Initiatives Work to Play Cup is our annual celebration of Urban Initiatives’ program participants and their achievements during the school year. The 5th Anniversary Work to Play Cup Presented by Target drew over 2,000 people, including 1,300 K-4th grade children; over 200 5th-8th grade Team Captains; players’ families representing 41 Chicago Public Schools. Urban…

  • Soccer60 Joins the Game

    On any given Friday when most students are going home for the weekend, Urban Initiatives teams from all over the city are getting on the bus to travel and play soccer with their peers at different schools. They’ve been getting excited all week, and now they’re putting on their bright uniforms, representing their school, and…

  • Earth Day Clean Up in Englewood

    Earth Day was founded in 1970 to promote respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness threats to that life, especially pollution. Advocates usually celebrate on April 22nd with outdoor performances and acts of service to environment including planting trees, picking up roadside trash, conducting various programs for recycling and conservation.…

    Earth Day Clean Up in Englewood