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1637 N. Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622


Street-Level Youth Media is a non-profit, media arts literacy organization serving Chicago's youth.  We teach audio engineering, mixing, video production, digital photography, online journalism, and more.  If you are between the ages of 12 through 24, all of our programs and services are free.

If you live in Chicago and are between 12 - 24 years old, come take part in one or all of our media arts programs, book a private studio session, use our computer lab or join one of our clubs.  We also host an open-mic on the first Friday of each month.  

Studio Programs

Street-Level offers free media arts training to individuals from ages 13 to 24. Experienced teachers, artists, and mentors teach year-round workshops at our multimedia center.

Youth ages 14 to 19 qualify to receive a stipend from After School Matters, so you can register directly on their website.

More than anything, Street-Level provides youth with a home, where they can feel safe and be expressive. 


T & W 5:00pm - 7pm
Feb. 16 | Ages 16-22

Inspire change in your community! Stand up for the most important issues affecting teens and young adults. Learn to develop your artistic and media skills to advance social justice. Apply here.


W 5:00pm - 7pm & Sat. 12pm - 6pm
Feb. 24 - May 14 | Ages 14-18

This year's multi-media workshop will conduct social experiences based on money and morals. The video group will set up and film scenarios on location, interview people in addition to learning editing and filming techniques. The music group will create and record music that re-inforces the project theme.  


W 4:00pm -7pm & Sat 10am - 1pm
Feb. 24 - May 14 | Ages 16-19

Gain hands on experience covering events and stories relevant to Chicago teens. Develop fundamental journalism skills while producing media content for Street-Level’s Mild Sauce webzine.


Ongoing | Ages 18-24

Launching Pad is seeking applications from 18-24 year old emerging artists interested in exploring jobs in the creative and media industries, (music & audio production, video production, graphic design, photography). The program includes mentorship sessions with professional artists, career development workshops, and networking events.

To be considered for the program, please complete this form.

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Media arts training is about more than teaching someone to use a camera, how to produce audio, or how to navigate Photoshop.  You’re going to learn that here, too, but that’s just the beginning.  Media arts training is about helping kids build critical thinking skills, then allowing them to use those skills to express themselves in meaningful ways.  

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Ongoing programs


Fri 4-7
Ongoing | Ages 12-22

Anime Club will teach you about different anime styles, and how to create your own anime. You will also watch and critique a wide range of anime and attend conventions.

Regular attendance is not required, but encouraged.


Fri 4-7
Ongoing | Ages 12-22

Game Club meets weekly to play + discuss various games with other fans. Guests from the gaming industry will sometimes attend. 

Regular attendance is not required, but encouraged.


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