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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 youth with our snow season alone.  In September 2014, Chill Chicago was brought on as a full-time site, launching a fall skateboard program in 2015, and a summer stand-up paddleboard program in 2016. 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 typically 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 skateboard program launched at Asylum Skate Park in 2015. Now, we are skating all over the city of Chicago at a variety of different skate parks, some indoors and some outdoors, if the weather permits. We offer the program at no-cost to the participants and provide all of the gear and instruction needed to skateboard.


Ever since we started offering cost-free SUP experiences to youth in 2016, we have met at Montrose Beach. This year, we will be launching from the Ohio Street Beach! Thanks to our new community partner, CHICAGO SUP for helping us with instruction and providing all of the gear needed to learn to stand-up paddleboard.


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 2019/2020 season!

We use our time on the ride up to the Mountain Top at Grand Geneva to introduce the weekly core value 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

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Pam Miller (she/her) | Chicago Program Coordinator | pamm@chill.org

Pam is originally from St. Charles, IL. After living in Baltimore, MD for 5 years, she currently lives in Chicago, IL. Pam holds a BA in Theatre from Millikin University and Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Favorite board sport: Snowboarding. Favorite place to ride: Wherever there’s fresh snow! First CD? Party Hits from the 60s.