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SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Stand UP Chicago

Challenge yourself in the world of social entrepreneurship and socially conscious business. Reach a deeper understanding of the impact you can make while enjoying a summer in Chicago with new friends.

  • At a Glance

    10 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: ~12 Hours

    Location: Chicago

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: $2,990
    Early registration rate: $2,841

  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Accommodations (hotel and hostel)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Local public transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Social Entrepreneurship

Travel to the Windy City to discover the power of social entrepreneurship and be inspired by socially conscious businesses making an impact in the city and beyond. Gain new skills and perspectives through a mix of seminars, hands-on workshops and meetings with professionals in the field. Put what you’ve learned into practice volunteering with local organizations.

Along the way, you’ll connect with a group of passionate teens, get acquainted with campus life at Northwestern University, and experience the many simple joys of a summer in Chicago along the lakefront with new friends.

Elements of the Experience

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Stand UP Chicago challenges you to reach a deeper understanding of the impact you can make as an individual. Through a series of seminars and hands-on workshops, you’ll learn about social entrepreneurship, design-based thinking, and the role of innovation to create change.

Socially Responsible Leadership

You will meet with and learn from representatives of start-ups, global non-profits, and local Jewish organizations who are engaged in innovative philanthropic efforts. Hear their stories and be inspired by their accomplishments.

Service in Action

You’ll also apply the values learned through service projects focused on community, agriculture, adult literacy, senior care, and hunger.

Celebrating a Chicago Summer!

Chicago is often referred to as the best summer city in America, and on Stand UP Chicago, you’ll discover why. In Evanston on the Lake Michigan waterfront, you’ll discover Chicago’s beautiful architecture, vibrant beach life, and many cultural institutions and parks. You’ll also get to tour the campus of Northwestern University and meet with local Jewish professionals.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Learn about social entrepreneurship from leaders in the field
Pick up the skills of an innovator as part of workshops organized by a local design-thinking firm and a Chicago-headquartered technology firm
Participate in service projects inspired by the lessons you have learned
Meet with companies practicing the values of socially conscientious business
Develop the skills to think through social challenges through the lens of innovation
Explore the best of a summer in Evanston and Chicago, including a tour of Northwestern University
Connect with Jewish organizations in Chicago engaged in community building
Spend a memorable Shabbat with one of the largest and most dynamic Jewish communities in America!

Our Community Partners

Community Connect Logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Chicago is organized in partnership with Community Connect. Community Connect coordinates the facilitators, volunteer opportunities, and various tours around Chicago. They ensure top-notch presenters and experts who work with the participants to think of an idea of something they are passionate about and take them through the steps they would need to create a sustainable and socially conscious business.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Arrival in Chicago

  • Check-in to accommodations – orientation and ice breakers
  • Program Orientation: Introduction to Innovation, Economy, & Entrepreneurship
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #2 | Monday | Starting Our Journey

  • Intro to leadership
  • Getting to Know Each Other with Movement Transforms
  • Focus: Economic Opportunity and Your Community
  • Visit the traditional Chicago Jewish neighborhood of West Rogers Park
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Team Work Makes the Dream Work

  • Visit Sketchpad: A shared workspace and community for innovative, mission-driven Jewish organizations and entrepreneurs
  • Focus: Business Ideation and Opportunity
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Independence Day

  • Focus: Is Your Idea Your Opportunity?
  • Independence Day Activities- Highland Park Parade, Battle of the Bands, Evanston Fireworks
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #5 | Thursday | A Variety of Service Opportunities

  • Volunteer & learn from Keshet providing services for individuals with disabilities
  • Volunteer at Just Harvest a kitchen dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #6 | Friday | Using the Materials Around You

  • Volunteer and Learn from The Talking Farm an urban farm
  • Tour The Garage a Northwestern Collective
  • JRC dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat on the Lake
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Morning Services and Reflection
  • Magic Show- Finding something you are passionate about and making it a career
  • Celebrate Havdalah, the start of a new week, at Old Orchard
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #8 | Sunday | Putting Yourself Out There

  • Volunteer at New Life for Old Bags a repurposing organization
  • Focus: Marking Persona and Business Opportunity Elevator Pitch
  • Visit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Visit Lincoln Park
  • Attend Second City Chicago Comedy Show
  • Overnight: TBA – Chicago

DAY #9 | Monday | Finding Something You Love

  • Final Pitch Meetings
  • Volunteer service at TOV through Jewish United Fund of Metro Chicago
  • Explore Navy Pier
  • Discover Wrigleyville – a neighborhood on Chicago’s northside
  • Overnight: TBA – Chicago

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Depart Chicago

  • Say goodbye to Chicago and head home

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in 3-star hotels and a youth hostel. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space. The Evanston accommodation is outside of the city and provides a space for teens to relax and explore in a safe environment.

How’s the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a program leader. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
On a typical summer day, temperatures reach between the 80s and 90s and in the evening can drop to the 60s to 70s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 16 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Chicago, expect to eat a variety of local cuisines such as Lou Malnati’s, Portillo’s, dinner in Millenium Park, and much more.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections 

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn about how connections work.

  • *CLTC #3 (Beber) + Stand UP Chicago
    23 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • Stand UP Chicago + *CLTC #4 (Camp Chi) 
    23 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC or ILTC can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

We know you'll love a BBYO Passport experience. But don't just take our word. Check out these real reviews from our past travelers and families.

 

  • At a Glance

    10 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service: ~12 Hours
    Location: Chicago

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: $2,990
    Early registration rate: $2,841


  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Accommodations (hotel and hostel)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Local public transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Social Entrepreneurship

Travel to the Windy City to discover the power of social entrepreneurship and be inspired by socially conscious businesses making an impact in the city and beyond. Gain new skills and perspectives through a mix of seminars, hands-on workshops and meetings with professionals in the field. Put what you’ve learned into practice volunteering with local organizations.

Along the way, you’ll connect with a group of passionate teens, get acquainted with campus life at Northwestern University, and experience the many simple joys of a summer in Chicago along the lakefront with new friends.

Elements of the Experience

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Stand UP Chicago challenges you to reach a deeper understanding of the impact you can make as an individual. Through a series of seminars and hands-on workshops, you’ll learn about social entrepreneurship, design-based thinking, and the role of innovation to create change.

Socially Responsible Leadership

You will meet with and learn from representatives of start-ups, global non-profits, and local Jewish organizations who are engaged in innovative philanthropic efforts. Hear their stories and be inspired by their accomplishments.

Service in Action

You’ll also apply the values learned through service projects focused on community, agriculture, adult literacy, senior care, and hunger.

Celebrating a Chicago Summer!

Chicago is often referred to as the best summer city in America, and on Stand UP Chicago, you’ll discover why. In Evanston on the Lake Michigan waterfront, you’ll discover Chicago’s beautiful architecture, vibrant beach life, and many cultural institutions and parks. You’ll also get to tour the campus of Northwestern University and meet with local Jewish professionals.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Learn about social entrepreneurship from leaders in the field
Pick up the skills of an innovator as part of workshops organized by a local design-thinking firm and a Chicago-headquartered technology firm
Participate in service projects inspired by the lessons you have learned
Meet with companies practicing the values of socially conscientious business
Develop the skills to think through social challenges through the lens of innovation
Explore the best of a summer in Evanston and Chicago, including a tour of Northwestern University
Connect with Jewish organizations in Chicago engaged in community building
Spend a memorable Shabbat with one of the largest and most dynamic Jewish communities in America!

Our Community Partners

Community Connect Logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Chicago is organized in partnership with Community Connect. Community Connect coordinates the facilitators, volunteer opportunities, and various tours around Chicago. They ensure top-notch presenters and experts who work with the participants to think of an idea of something they are passionate about and take them through the steps they would need to create a sustainable and socially conscious business.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Arrival in Chicago

  • Check-in to accommodations – orientation and ice breakers
  • Program Orientation: Introduction to Innovation, Economy, & Entrepreneurship
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #2 | Monday | Starting Our Journey

  • Intro to leadership
  • Getting to Know Each Other with Movement Transforms
  • Focus: Economic Opportunity and Your Community
  • Visit the traditional Chicago Jewish neighborhood of West Rogers Park
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Team Work Makes the Dream Work

  • Visit Sketchpad: A shared workspace and community for innovative, mission-driven Jewish organizations and entrepreneurs
  • Focus: Business Ideation and Opportunity
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Independence Day

  • Focus: Is Your Idea Your Opportunity?
  • Independence Day Activities- Highland Park Parade, Battle of the Bands, Evanston Fireworks
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #5 | Thursday | A Variety of Service Opportunities

  • Volunteer & learn from Keshet providing services for individuals with disabilities
  • Volunteer at Just Harvest a kitchen dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #6 | Friday | Using the Materials Around You

  • Volunteer and Learn from The Talking Farm an urban farm
  • Tour The Garage a Northwestern Collective
  • JRC dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat on the Lake
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Morning Services and Reflection
  • Magic Show- Finding something you are passionate about and making it a career
  • Celebrate Havdalah, the start of a new week, at Old Orchard
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #8 | Sunday | Putting Yourself Out There

  • Volunteer at New Life for Old Bags a repurposing organization
  • Focus: Marking Persona and Business Opportunity Elevator Pitch
  • Visit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Visit Lincoln Park
  • Attend Second City Chicago Comedy Show
  • Overnight: TBA – Chicago

DAY #9 | Monday | Finding Something You Love

  • Final Pitch Meetings
  • Volunteer service at TOV through Jewish United Fund of Metro Chicago
  • Explore Navy Pier
  • Discover Wrigleyville – a neighborhood on Chicago’s northside
  • Overnight: TBA – Chicago

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Depart Chicago

  • Say goodbye to Chicago and head home

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in 3-star hotels and a youth hostel. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space. The Evanston accommodation is outside of the city and provides a space for teens to relax and explore in a safe environment.

How’s the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a program leader. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
On a typical summer day, temperatures reach between the 80s and 90s and in the evening can drop to the 60s to 70s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 16 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Chicago, expect to eat a variety of local cuisines such as Lou Malnati’s, Portillo’s, dinner in Millenium Park, and much more.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections 

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn about how connections work.

  • *CLTC #3 (Beber) + Stand UP Chicago
    23 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • Stand UP Chicago + *CLTC #4 (Camp Chi) 
    23 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC or ILTC can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

Stand UP Chicago

Challenge yourself in the world of social entrepreneurship and socially conscious business. Reach a deeper understanding of the impact you can make while enjoying a summer in Chicago with new friends.

Stand UP Chicago

Challenge yourself in the world of social entrepreneurship and socially conscious business. Reach a deeper understanding of the impact you can make while enjoying a summer in Chicago with new friends.

  • At a Glance

    10 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: ~12 Hours

    Location: Chicago

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: $2,990
    Early registration rate: $2,841

  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Accommodations (hotel and hostel)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Local public transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Social Entrepreneurship

Travel to the Windy City to discover the power of social entrepreneurship and be inspired by socially conscious businesses making an impact in the city and beyond. Gain new skills and perspectives through a mix of seminars, hands-on workshops and meetings with professionals in the field. Put what you’ve learned into practice volunteering with local organizations.

Along the way, you’ll connect with a group of passionate teens, get acquainted with campus life at Northwestern University, and experience the many simple joys of a summer in Chicago along the lakefront with new friends.

Elements of the Experience

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Stand UP Chicago challenges you to reach a deeper understanding of the impact you can make as an individual. Through a series of seminars and hands-on workshops, you’ll learn about social entrepreneurship, design-based thinking, and the role of innovation to create change.

Socially Responsible Leadership

You will meet with and learn from representatives of start-ups, global non-profits, and local Jewish organizations who are engaged in innovative philanthropic efforts. Hear their stories and be inspired by their accomplishments.

Service in Action

You’ll also apply the values learned through service projects focused on community, agriculture, adult literacy, senior care, and hunger.

Celebrating a Chicago Summer!

Chicago is often referred to as the best summer city in America, and on Stand UP Chicago, you’ll discover why. In Evanston on the Lake Michigan waterfront, you’ll discover Chicago’s beautiful architecture, vibrant beach life, and many cultural institutions and parks. You’ll also get to tour the campus of Northwestern University and meet with local Jewish professionals.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Learn about social entrepreneurship from leaders in the field
Pick up the skills of an innovator as part of workshops organized by a local design-thinking firm and a Chicago-headquartered technology firm
Participate in service projects inspired by the lessons you have learned
Meet with companies practicing the values of socially conscientious business
Develop the skills to think through social challenges through the lens of innovation
Explore the best of a summer in Evanston and Chicago, including a tour of Northwestern University
Connect with Jewish organizations in Chicago engaged in community building
Spend a memorable Shabbat with one of the largest and most dynamic Jewish communities in America!

Our Community Partners

Community Connect Logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Chicago is organized in partnership with Community Connect. Community Connect coordinates the facilitators, volunteer opportunities, and various tours around Chicago. They ensure top-notch presenters and experts who work with the participants to think of an idea of something they are passionate about and take them through the steps they would need to create a sustainable and socially conscious business.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Arrival in Chicago

  • Check-in to accommodations – orientation and ice breakers
  • Program Orientation: Introduction to Innovation, Economy, & Entrepreneurship
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #2 | Monday | Starting Our Journey

  • Intro to leadership
  • Getting to Know Each Other with Movement Transforms
  • Focus: Economic Opportunity and Your Community
  • Visit the traditional Chicago Jewish neighborhood of West Rogers Park
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Team Work Makes the Dream Work

  • Visit Sketchpad: A shared workspace and community for innovative, mission-driven Jewish organizations and entrepreneurs
  • Focus: Business Ideation and Opportunity
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Independence Day

  • Focus: Is Your Idea Your Opportunity?
  • Independence Day Activities- Highland Park Parade, Battle of the Bands, Evanston Fireworks
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #5 | Thursday | A Variety of Service Opportunities

  • Volunteer & learn from Keshet providing services for individuals with disabilities
  • Volunteer at Just Harvest a kitchen dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #6 | Friday | Using the Materials Around You

  • Volunteer and Learn from The Talking Farm an urban farm
  • Tour The Garage a Northwestern Collective
  • JRC dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat on the Lake
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Morning Services and Reflection
  • Magic Show- Finding something you are passionate about and making it a career
  • Celebrate Havdalah, the start of a new week, at Old Orchard
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #8 | Sunday | Putting Yourself Out There

  • Volunteer at New Life for Old Bags a repurposing organization
  • Focus: Marking Persona and Business Opportunity Elevator Pitch
  • Visit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Visit Lincoln Park
  • Attend Second City Chicago Comedy Show
  • Overnight: TBA – Chicago

DAY #9 | Monday | Finding Something You Love

  • Final Pitch Meetings
  • Volunteer service at TOV through Jewish United Fund of Metro Chicago
  • Explore Navy Pier
  • Discover Wrigleyville – a neighborhood on Chicago’s northside
  • Overnight: TBA – Chicago

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Depart Chicago

  • Say goodbye to Chicago and head home

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in 3-star hotels and a youth hostel. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space. The Evanston accommodation is outside of the city and provides a space for teens to relax and explore in a safe environment.

How’s the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a program leader. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
On a typical summer day, temperatures reach between the 80s and 90s and in the evening can drop to the 60s to 70s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 16 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Chicago, expect to eat a variety of local cuisines such as Lou Malnati’s, Portillo’s, dinner in Millenium Park, and much more.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections 

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn about how connections work.

  • *CLTC #3 (Beber) + Stand UP Chicago
    23 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • Stand UP Chicago + *CLTC #4 (Camp Chi) 
    23 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC or ILTC can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

We know you'll love a BBYO Passport experience. But don't just take our word. Check out these real reviews from our past travelers and families.

 

  • At a Glance

    10 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service: ~12 Hours
    Location: Chicago

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: $2,990
    Early registration rate: $2,841


  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Accommodations (hotel and hostel)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Local public transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Social Entrepreneurship

Travel to the Windy City to discover the power of social entrepreneurship and be inspired by socially conscious businesses making an impact in the city and beyond. Gain new skills and perspectives through a mix of seminars, hands-on workshops and meetings with professionals in the field. Put what you’ve learned into practice volunteering with local organizations.

Along the way, you’ll connect with a group of passionate teens, get acquainted with campus life at Northwestern University, and experience the many simple joys of a summer in Chicago along the lakefront with new friends.

Elements of the Experience

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Stand UP Chicago challenges you to reach a deeper understanding of the impact you can make as an individual. Through a series of seminars and hands-on workshops, you’ll learn about social entrepreneurship, design-based thinking, and the role of innovation to create change.

Socially Responsible Leadership

You will meet with and learn from representatives of start-ups, global non-profits, and local Jewish organizations who are engaged in innovative philanthropic efforts. Hear their stories and be inspired by their accomplishments.

Service in Action

You’ll also apply the values learned through service projects focused on community, agriculture, adult literacy, senior care, and hunger.

Celebrating a Chicago Summer!

Chicago is often referred to as the best summer city in America, and on Stand UP Chicago, you’ll discover why. In Evanston on the Lake Michigan waterfront, you’ll discover Chicago’s beautiful architecture, vibrant beach life, and many cultural institutions and parks. You’ll also get to tour the campus of Northwestern University and meet with local Jewish professionals.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Learn about social entrepreneurship from leaders in the field
Pick up the skills of an innovator as part of workshops organized by a local design-thinking firm and a Chicago-headquartered technology firm
Participate in service projects inspired by the lessons you have learned
Meet with companies practicing the values of socially conscientious business
Develop the skills to think through social challenges through the lens of innovation
Explore the best of a summer in Evanston and Chicago, including a tour of Northwestern University
Connect with Jewish organizations in Chicago engaged in community building
Spend a memorable Shabbat with one of the largest and most dynamic Jewish communities in America!

Our Community Partners

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BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Chicago is organized in partnership with Community Connect. Community Connect coordinates the facilitators, volunteer opportunities, and various tours around Chicago. They ensure top-notch presenters and experts who work with the participants to think of an idea of something they are passionate about and take them through the steps they would need to create a sustainable and socially conscious business.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Arrival in Chicago

  • Check-in to accommodations – orientation and ice breakers
  • Program Orientation: Introduction to Innovation, Economy, & Entrepreneurship
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #2 | Monday | Starting Our Journey

  • Intro to leadership
  • Getting to Know Each Other with Movement Transforms
  • Focus: Economic Opportunity and Your Community
  • Visit the traditional Chicago Jewish neighborhood of West Rogers Park
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Team Work Makes the Dream Work

  • Visit Sketchpad: A shared workspace and community for innovative, mission-driven Jewish organizations and entrepreneurs
  • Focus: Business Ideation and Opportunity
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Independence Day

  • Focus: Is Your Idea Your Opportunity?
  • Independence Day Activities- Highland Park Parade, Battle of the Bands, Evanston Fireworks
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #5 | Thursday | A Variety of Service Opportunities

  • Volunteer & learn from Keshet providing services for individuals with disabilities
  • Volunteer at Just Harvest a kitchen dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #6 | Friday | Using the Materials Around You

  • Volunteer and Learn from The Talking Farm an urban farm
  • Tour The Garage a Northwestern Collective
  • JRC dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat on the Lake
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Morning Services and Reflection
  • Magic Show- Finding something you are passionate about and making it a career
  • Celebrate Havdalah, the start of a new week, at Old Orchard
  • Overnight: TBA – Evanston

DAY #8 | Sunday | Putting Yourself Out There

  • Volunteer at New Life for Old Bags a repurposing organization
  • Focus: Marking Persona and Business Opportunity Elevator Pitch
  • Visit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Visit Lincoln Park
  • Attend Second City Chicago Comedy Show
  • Overnight: TBA – Chicago

DAY #9 | Monday | Finding Something You Love

  • Final Pitch Meetings
  • Volunteer service at TOV through Jewish United Fund of Metro Chicago
  • Explore Navy Pier
  • Discover Wrigleyville – a neighborhood on Chicago’s northside
  • Overnight: TBA – Chicago

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Depart Chicago

  • Say goodbye to Chicago and head home

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in 3-star hotels and a youth hostel. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space. The Evanston accommodation is outside of the city and provides a space for teens to relax and explore in a safe environment.

How’s the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a program leader. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
On a typical summer day, temperatures reach between the 80s and 90s and in the evening can drop to the 60s to 70s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 16 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Chicago, expect to eat a variety of local cuisines such as Lou Malnati’s, Portillo’s, dinner in Millenium Park, and much more.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections 

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn about how connections work.

  • *CLTC #3 (Beber) + Stand UP Chicago
    23 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • Stand UP Chicago + *CLTC #4 (Camp Chi) 
    23 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC or ILTC can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

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