Chicago, IL: YOUmedia Chicago

YOUmedia is a library and studio space at Chicago Public Library designed specifically for teens. You can hang out, mess around, and geek out on projects to create your own music, video, 2D & 3D design, photos, and podcasts with lots of help from skilled mentors. And it’s all free!

High School Student Locations:
Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street
Albany Park Branch, 3401 W. Foster Avenue
Back of the Yards Branch, 2111 W. 47th Street
Chinatown Branch, 2100 S. Wentworth Avenue
Hall Branch, 4801 S. Michigan Avenue
Legler Branch, 115 S. Pulaski Road
Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Avenue
Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted

Middle School Student Locations:
Humboldt Park Branch, 1605 N. Troy Street
Richard M. Daley Branch, 733 N. Kedzie Avenue
Lozano Branch, 1805 S. Loomis Street
Thurgood Marshall Branch, 7506 S. Racine Avenue

YOUmedia Teens Make Their Creative Mark

Youth from YOUmedia Chicago were featured on the Educator Innovator Blog. The article focused on YOUmedia Chicago as a site as well as the opportunity that YOUmedia provides for youth to pursue their own interests.

“When Chancellor Bennett was suspended during his senior year at Jones College Prep in 2011, few would have guessed that just two years later he would be featured in major news publications and headlining Lollapalooza. Read the rest »

Reinventing libraries for ‘hanging out, messing around and geeking out’

YOUmedia Chicago and the Nashville Public Library Learning Lab were featured on CNN. The article focused on reinventing libraries and the Learning Labs’ encouragement of teens to hang out, mess around, and geek out. View full article…

“On the third floor of the Nashville Public Library downtown branch, past the hushed rows of monochrome bookshelves and solid wood furniture, a door leads to a place where adult patrons are not welcome. Read the rest »

YOUmedia Alumni Give Back to Program with Spirited Summer Festival

Lollapalooza might be known for bringing hordes of young people outdoors to celebrate summer in Chicago, but June’s Teens in the Park Fest (TIP Fest) gave it a run for its money. TIP Fest was one part free concert, one part open house for Chicago’s array of summer youth programs. Read the rest »