City of Big Dreams art showcase to raise money for Chicago youth arts program

ByRamona Meadors WLS logo
Saturday, September 16, 2023
Art showcase to raise money for Chicago youth program
The Simple Good's annual City of Big Dreams youth art program fundraiser at the Chop Shop in Wicker Park aims to raise money and promote creativity.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- City Of Big Dreams is the only immersive art showcase fundraiser that celebrates the 'simple good' that exists in Chicago.

Multidisciplinary artists from across Chicago unite with local arts nonprofit, The Simple Good, to express their artistry through live performances and arts activism to support the mental health of our youth. The evening consists of live painting, silent auction, spirits, live music, dance and poetry performance.

September 28 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Chicago-based nonprofit, The Simple Good, hosting their City Of Big Dreams Art Showcase. Through their annual fundraiser, The Simple Good, will fundraise $110,000 to bring 1,000 students their mindfulness-based youth art programs at no cost to the students or their families.


Over the past 10 years, City Of Big Dreams Art Showcase fundraiser has helped The Simple Good:

Provide Mindfulness-based Art Programs to over 6,500 students worldwide

Serve 16+ communities nationally

Collaborate with 500+ artists to spread the 'simple good'


Originally a global photo blog (The Simple Good Blog) gone viral, The Simple Good is now the first Mindfulness-based visual arts non-profit to service youth across the country. For the past 10 years, The Simple Good has utilized art to help youth connect their meaning of good with practical mindfulness skills to create a more peaceful, just and connected world. From Chicago to Uganda, The Simple Good has proven that peaceful communities start by finding your meaning of 'the simple good'.


The Simple Good's Mindfulness-based Art Program was created to empower youth to cope with trauma, build resilience, and practice empathy. By identifying, expressing, and sharing their meaning of 'good' with art, students learn the power of positive expression and connection. Program promotes: Self-awareness, emotional regulation, healthy decision-making, public speaking, critical thinking, positive self-talk, and coping skills.