Age Range: Group Trips Ages 11+
Starting Price: $315
Trip Types: Group TripsRequest More Info
Chicago is a world-class city that feels like home and exudes classic, Midwestern friendliness. In this town, your neighborhood defines you in a city that is very proud of its community.
Chicago is very cosmopolitan with people of all backgrounds and walks of life. Our ministry hosts have established deep roots of friendships with the residents in the areas where you will serve. You will be able to build off this foundation of trust and build your own relationships with locals.
Chicago has both a grit and a unique passion. Will you come, join the community, and share the love of Jesus in this historic city?
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In order to best serve you and empower you to serve others, we're offering no-hassle refunds for all our groups for the next year. We'll work directly with you to make sure you are well taken care of. Details on this policy here.
Details & Logistics
You will partner with a local church to share the hope and love of Jesus in a real and relevant way through a variety of ministry opportunities.
Here are some things you might be doing in Chicago:
- Children's Ministry: Serve with a daycare program, build relationships, play games, and possibly accompany them on field trips to the zoo, museum, and other fun locations.
- Homeless Ministry: Hit the streets to build relationships with the homeless. This could look like bringing snow cones and setting up a game of checkers or sitting and getting to know people. Teams will also have the opportunity to serve in homeless shelters.
- Work Projects: This summer, the church is building a playground at a local public school and your team may get to be part of the process.
There are two separate rooms for men and women. You'll be sleeping on the church floor, so bring your mats and sleep gear! One of these rooms is also our meeting space, so each day that group will need to move their things aside. Men and women will have their own bathroom with two stalls in each. Six primitive showers are in the basement, requiring a shower schedule to manage the time each person spends in there! This is definitely the type of lodging where everyone is close together, providing ample opportunities for clever fun and getting to know each other better!
Hotel rooms are also an option and we would be glad to arrange that for you if you prefer.
There is a full kitchen with anything you might need. Meals are very much a team effort, and we have a lot of fun in the process! Teams will participate in meal prep and serving. Breakfast will be cold cereal, fruit, bagels, etc. Hot breakfasts could be available as well, depending on the group's willingness to contribute to the meal prep and cooking. Lunch will be packed sandwiches, fruit and a side to take to the ministry site. Hot dinners will typically be served after ministry at the church each day.
Your group is welcome to drive in or fly in. Chicago is home to a major airport with rental options as well. Parking is available on site. Bringing vans is highly recommended. Groups will be required to supply their own transportation to and from ministry each day.
The safety of our participants is a top priority for us. We have both an internal Risk Management team and external Risk Management consultants. We use a multi-pronged approach to risk management - including monitoring information from reporting agencies and relying on the knowledge of our ministry partners. In addition to our own protocols (e.g., students must be with an adult at all times), our ministry hosts and partners will provide trip specific safety guidelines for the particular trip location. Our Project Leaders are trained in risk management and have access to both on-field and home-office support.
$500 Deposit: This deposit is required to reserve your trip. At this point, you will lock in your trip and we will keep in touch with you going forward about preparation. This deposit is applied to the total cost of your trip.
50% Payment: Half of your total trip cost will need to be paid 2 months before your trip.
100% Payment: The remaining balance is due 1 month before your trip.