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About Chill Chicago



Chill Chicago was established in 2001, five years after its start in Burlington Vermont. Since Chill Chicago was implemented we have reached over  1000 underserved youth with our snow season alone.  In September 2014, Chill Chicago was brought on as a full-time site implementing a fall skateboard program in 2015 and a summer 2016 stand up paddleboard program. Through the addition of our fall and summer programs, as well as a recent 25% increase in our snow program capacity we are able to provide multiple opportunities for Chicagoland’s youth. Chill Chicago has three signature fundraising events, The Big Chill, Shred-Fest, and Chill Chicago Golf Scramble.


Our snow program is hosted at The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva. Our program runs for six weeks on Wednesday and Thursday nights starting the second week in January. We provide everything needed to get out on the snow including Grand Geneva’s rental fleet of Burton’s Learn to Ride Snowboard gear, transportation, coats, gloves, snow pants, lift tickets, and helmets.



Our 2015 Fall Skateboard program was hosted at Asylum Skate Park starting the second week in September. Our program ran for six weeks on Monday nights. We offer the program at no cost to the participants and provide all of the gear and instruction needed to skateboard. At this time transportation is provided for skate program.


Our Stand Up Paddleboard program was hosted at Montrose Beach this Summer starting in July. Our program ran for six weeks on Tuesday afternoons. We partnered with Kayak Chicago to create a cost free experience to the youth we serve. 


The Latest from Chill Chicago



A big shout out to Vitae Sessions for making this amazing video representing Chill Chicago.

I’m thankful that Chill has given me a skill and brand new hobby which I can focus on instead of focusing on the negatives of my neighborhood and the problems that surround me.
— 2015 Chicago Snow Participant

Our Host Mountain

Mountain Top at Grand Geneva

Chill Chicago is stoked to partner with Mountain Top at Grand Geneva again for the 2017 season!

We use our time on the ride up to the Mountain Top at Grand Geneva to introduce the weekly theme through an activity, and reinforce the concept during our time on the mountain. This structure allows participants to make meaningful connections to the curriculum while experiencing the innate joy of snowboarding.

We Serve

Our Local Partners



We partner with local Chicago Public Schools, Youth and Family Service Agencies, and Residential Facilities to provide youth aged 10-18 years old with programming. We offer our program at no cost to the youth and families we serve. 


Thank You

Chill Chicago Sponsors

Connect with Chill Chicago


Liz Heitzinger, Regional Manager | elizabethh@chill.org

Liz is originally from Deerfield, IL and currently lives in Chicago. With a background in Youth and Child Development and Youth Athletics, Liz holds a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. Liz is a certified Child Life Specialist having previous experience providing developmentally appropriate support and therapeutic play to pediatric patients and their families. Favorite Board sport: Snowboarding. Favorite place to ride? Anywhere the snow is. Liz’s First CD? Fastball: Best of Fastball.


Amber Dever, Chicago Program Coordinator | amberd@chill.org

Amber Dever is originally from Arlington Texas, but has been in Chicago for four years now. She holds a BA from DePaul University in digital media and is now pursuing her Masters of Education at The University of Chicago. Her favorite Board Sport is skateboarding. She grew up using the ditch by her house as one awesome “skate park.” The first tape she ever owned was a mixed tape her grandpa made her, that had him covering classic standards. Her favorite song on there was L-O-V-E.