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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.


Spend Summer 2019 working with CAT

We are looking for a few dedicated folks who are interested in spending their summer with Chicago Adventure Therapy. For more information on our Clinical Staff position, Program Intern position and our Social Media Intern position go to the Get Involved tab.

 10th Anniversary!

We celebrated our 10th anniversary in 2018! We spent the year looking back in order to look forward.


Monthly photo contests


Throughout 2018,  we posted photo albums to Facebook with our 10 favorite photos from one year – and asked you to vote for your favorite.  In December, we asked you to choose the best photo from our first decade of programming. Here’s the winner! To see the winners from each month, check out this album.



10th Anniversary Videos

We also interviewed CAT youth and leaders. In 2018, we brought you videos sharing what they have to say about CAT. We have some more – so we’ll keep sharing in 2019! To see all the videos, you can watch on our YouTube channel or our Facebook page. This video was the first in a series about a particular Youth Intern – who became paid CAT staff.

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.