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Using outdoor adventure sports like paddling, orienteering, camping, cycling, and rock climbing, Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT) helps under-served youth in Chicago have a lasting positive impact on their communities and become healthy adults by teaching effective social skills and strong leadership skills, increasing participants’ sense of possibility, and fostering a sense of empowerment and personal responsibility.

Help us win $5,000!

During the 2018 Holiday season, we need your help to win $5,000. You can literally leverage a $10 donation into $5,000 for CAT. It will take you about 5 minutes.

 10th Anniversary!

2018 marks our 10th program season. We’re looking back in order to look forward.


Monthly photo contests

Throughout 2018,  we’ve been posting a photo album to Facebook with our 10 favorite photos from one year – and asking you to vote for your favorite.  Here’s the winner from our 2016 season.  The 2017 photo contest is up right now.  Once we have this winner, we’ll post the winner from each of our first 10 years, and ask you to choose the best photo from our first decade of programming. To see the winners from each month, check out this album.



10th Anniversary Videos

We’ve been interviewing CAT youth and leaders. Each month, we’re bringing you videos sharing what they have to say about CAT. We’ll have  different theme each month. To see all the videos, you can watch on our YouTube channel or our Facebook page. We have a new video in our Leadership series coming, about Youth Leadership.  First, we have a series about a particular Youth Leader.  Here’s the first in that series.


Tiara: CAT’s first Youth Intern


Symington Family - 13 generations of wine producersPaddle in Portugal for CAT

Have the experience of a lifetime, and create opportunities for the experience of a lifetime for Chicago youth. Douro Kayak Expeditions and Algarve Kayaking are generously directing a portion of the proceeds for the trips they run in Portugal to CAT. Click here for information about the trips, how to book, and other questions you might have.


Calendar of Activities

Make sure to check our calendar tab to learn more about current programming and events!


Who We Work With

Chicago youth face overwhelming challenges every day. CAT works with and has worked with youth:

      • receiving or in need of mental health treatment
      • in or exciting the state foster care system
      • experiencing homelessness
      • experiencing poverty
      • who are gang-involved
      • who have experienced or are at-risk of interpersonal or community violence
      • who identify as LGBTQ
      • who are refugees from war-torn countries


You Make it Possible
We believe that no individual or agency should be unable to participate because of financial reasons, so we work with each referring agency to negotiate a realistic price for them. Over 50% of our budget is raised through the generous contributions of individuals like you.



*Chicago Adventure Therapy values and promotes diversity and inclusion in our organization, our programming, and our partnerships. We are dedicated to providing quality, safe, effective programming to all people regardless of race, ethnicity, citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, body type, ability, income, religion, philosophy, and/or all other identities represented in our diverse city.