Our Campus

Community. Innovation. Exploration.

Comer Education Campus is a unique Chicago model for place-based youth advancement that nurtures young people and in turn, their communities. How, you ask? The Comer Education Campus:

  • Works alongside young people to create innovative models of success through holistic partnerships between academics, youth development, and career exploration;
  • Is anchored in Greater Grand Crossing, serving as a resource for partner organizations and others seeking impact through their investments in young people;
  • Acts as an entryway for young people to participate in an evolving ecosystem of community empowerment, philanthropy and global citizenship.

Campus Tour

In 2006, The Gary Comer Youth Center opened to provide space for inspired young people to learn, grow and succeed. Today, we celebrate the diverse facilities and resources young people use at the Comer Youth Center, made possible by our incredible partners and community. These spaces include:

  • Our 80,000 square foot youth center, designed by John Ronan Architect. This state-of-the-art facility communicates a belief in youth potential.
  • Our sun-filled dance studio and two-story visual arts space encourage creative exploration.
  • Our youth center houses a sound studio with recording and production capability and a broadcast newsroom for journalistic reporting, editing, and taping news shows.
  • Our fully outfitted computer and technology lab, equipped with a 3D printer and 8,000 square foot rooftop garden, promotes STEM learning and gives youth space to explore their curiosities.
  • Our 600-seat auditorium, gymnasium, and recreation room create a center point for entertainment, leisure, and community gatherings, with unparalleled access to community members.

By 2009, the work Gary Comer started had expanded beyond the Youth Center with the opening of The Gary Comer College Prep building, also designed by Ronan.

In 2010, a 1.75-acre Youth Education Garden was added along the S. South Chicago industrial corridor.

And in 2011, a medical clinic operated by ACCESS Community Health Network and the Chicago Public Library 5th Ward branch opened to the community.

We continue to evolve the Comer Education Campus and Campus initiatives to meet community needs and to bridge the space and resources that cultivate the fullness of every young person we serve.


Architectural Photography © Steve Hall | Hedrich Blessing

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