Chicago-based Community, EDGE Learning and Wellness, Celebrates Summer’s Variety in the Windy City
As the EDGE Learning and Wellness community prepares for an influx of students arriving for this summer’s Pathways to College program, the EDGE community reflects on what about the summertime makes the Windy City feel just a little bit more special.
Since its inception, EDGE Learning and Wellness has always been deeply connected to its home city of Chicago, providing a supportive transitional living community for students who wish to live in the city or attend school at one of Chicago’s many secondary-education options. This summer, EDGE is expanding its programming by offering Pathways, an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-informed summer program where students will take a college-level course and strengthen their executive functioning skills in a collaborative learning community.
But, while EDGE students will certainly be hitting the books this summer, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the many festivals and seasonal offerings that take the city by storm once the snow has melted and the weather has warmed up.
Starting in May, many of the city’s unique street markets and farmer’s markets will open. These markets are often filled with many fresh and organic fruits and vegetables, giving students a great place to practice making healthy grocery shopping choices. June ushers in the start of the Millennium Park Music series. These free weekly concerts are great destinations for social outings and are only five minutes’ walk from the EDGE Learning and Wellness community building. The same can be said about the Millennium Park Film series, which starts in July. Taste of Chicago, an incredibly fun festival that highlights various cultures and flavors throughout the city, also begins in July. Taste of Chicago pop-ups are great places to get inspiration for EDGE’s community meal nights, where students plan and prepare a healthy meal for the EDGE community and their guests. Creative students can also explore The Second City, a renowned comedy club that’s been home to many Saturday Night Live alums, and art-focused festivals like the Old Town Art Fair and Logan Square Arts Fest. Venturing out to these vibrant and creative experiences can be a great way to learn something new and tap into one’s hobbies and personal interests.
Both Pathways and Learning and Wellness students will have countless opportunities to explore the city this summer and put their executive functioning and independence skills to the test in real-world situations. The EDGE team, while excited for the warm weather, are much more excited to support their students during this special time in the city.
About EDGE Learning and Wellness Community
EDGE Learning and Wellness Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 -24, are striving to excel academically while creating a life of balance, joy, and wellness.