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The Chicago Architecture Center’s City of Neighborhoods teen program (formerly Neighborhood Teen Ambassadors) encourages high school students to investigate architecture through the lens of local history and culture.

This eight-day summer program is designed to engage students ages 14-17 in place-based research and community engagement. Participants will dive into the rich history of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, developing skills in public speaking, digital storytelling and interview techniques. Students who complete the program are eligible for a $500 stipend and qualify for service learning credit.


The 2022 summer program will take place July 6-15 (weekdays only) and include visits to historic buildings and culturally important sites in the neighborhoods of Pilsen and Bronzeville. Over the course of a week and a half, students will interview lifelong Pilsen residents and neighborhood stakeholders about change over time in the community, then develop, write and produce a series of TikTok videos focusing on intersections of architecture and culture on Chicago’s South and West sides.


The City of Neighborhoods teen program is open to high school-aged students. The Chicago Architecture Center is committed to increasing access to students from populations historically under-represented in architecture, construction, engineering and design professions, such as girls and minorities.


We are no longer accepting applications for the summer 2022 City of Neighborhoods program. The application deadline was Monday, June 20, 2022. If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at