Put the Guns Down

Put the Guns Down 2018

5th Annual Faith and Action Kick-Off, 2018

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants YOU (Chicago residents, community organizations, block clubs, faith groups, businesses and institutions) to organize citywide anti-violence activities on Friday, May 25, 2018 from 5 to 9 pm. Every block, every street, every neighborhood should be involved!

What Can You Do?

Organize/host something uniquely yours to send a positive message of peace for our city! It doesn’t matter if your event is large- or small-scale, just COME OUT and show your support! Here’s what you can do:

      • Barbecue 
      • Neighborhood walk 
      • Neighborhood clean-up
      • Prayer groups
      • Sports/activities for youth
      • Rally
      • Wellness checks of seniors
      • Block club party
      • Choir performance
      • Outdoor church/tent service
      • Positive loitering (standing on a corner)
      • Poetry slam
      • Open-mic

On May 25th between 5 and 9 pm, SHOW PRESENCE and SOLIDARITY across Chicago so we can take back our streets and create a safer and more peaceful city!

Let us know what you're planning! Call us at 312.744.1718 or email us at mayorrsvp@cityofchicago.org.

Summer Resources

Spread the word about summer internships, job opportunities and programs in Chicago for young people.

One Summer Chicago

Applications are open for this year's One Summer Chicago program! More than 30,000 summer jobs and internship opportunities are available for youth between the ages of 14 and 24.

The program runs from July 2 through August 10, 2018 and helps young people gain valuable work experience and develop life skills. Apply here: onesummerchicago.org 

Chicago Parks District Summer Day Camp

Join Chicago Parks District for another fun summer in the parks, keeping 40,000 kids active, engaged and safe! The traditional 6-week day camp will run June 25 - August 3, 2018. Register and learn more. 

In celebration of Special Olympics' 50th anniversary, the day camp theme, "Unified: We Choose to Include" reflects the Chicago Park District's enduring commitment to provide inclusive recreational opportunities for every community throughout Chicago. This theme will be woven into camp activities throughout the summer.

After School Matters

Discover summer youth programming for teens and much more at afterschoolmatters.org.

More Summer Events

Night Out in the Parks

In its sixth year, the 2018 Night Out in the Parks series brings more than 2,000 events to neighborhood parks this summer, making community parks safe havens and hubs of cultural activity. From traditional performances and concerts, to community workshops, nature-based programs, dance performances, festivals, and more, there is something for everyone happening in the parks in Chicago's 77 neighborhoods! 

View 2018 Night Out in the Parks free or low-cost events: www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/night-out-in-the-parks


At a PlayStreets event, the streets are closed off to traffic for three or more hours and transformed into a community-led, fun-filled day featuring sports, games, bouncy houses, dance, fitness classes and more. Last year, more than 24,000 residents participated in more than 150 PlayStreets events. Learn more here:

Hands Across Chicago

On July 14th from 11am - 1pm, join 40,000 people coming together across Chicago in united prayer to see an end to violence, healing of our city and region, and continued community transformation. Learn more at www.HandsAcrossChicago.com

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