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Upcoming CGCC Events

    • March 08, 2021
    • (CST)
    • May 31, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 13 sessions
    • Various parks

    It's finally warm out, and we're all stir-crazy (and lonely!) Let's head to the park for some socially distanced playtime!

    Masks are required for everyone, and parents are expected to enforce 6' distancing between children.

    We will meet at a different playground each month. April's park will be Lyon Park in Skokie, and in May we will meet at Oakton Park in Skokie. Hope to see you there!

    • May 19, 2021
    • 10:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online Submissions

    Climate in My Community Challenge

    Every summit needs an opportunity for reflection

    Anytime before May 19th, reflect upon climate and environment issues in your community.  Comment on the issues that effect you most in a creative and impactful way. Perhaps you are a poet,  a sculptor,  a comedian, a composer, a writer, a drawer or a painter. Produce something and share it with us. We are giving out Climate Summit t-shirts while supplies last! 

    Email your questions or concerns to  Kids Summit.

    • May 20, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • On Zoom
    • 21

    An Exploration of STEM Careers and Possibilities

    STEM Wordle

    Are your children trying to translate an interest in math or chemistry or something else into a STEM career or STEM opportunities? Join us for an exploration into STEM subjects and the fields they support. This session is geared to middle and high school students and their parents, though younger students are welcome to attend.

    Dr. Michael Pravica is a professor in physics and a member of HiPSEC (High Pressure and Engineering Center) at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV). He received his Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics in 1998 from Harvard University. During his 20+ tenure at UNLV, Dr. Pravica has received several teaching and service awards. Dr. Pravica is currently working on the development of “useful hard x-ray photochemistry to synthesize high quality vaccines for viruses.” To become acquainted with Dr. Pravica’s wide array of publications and presentations on STEM related issues, please take a look at Dr. Pravica’s website: Dr. Pravica has also explored the contributions of eminent scientists, supervised soil research, supported a number of climate change initiatives, and has advanced opportunities related to interdisciplinary scholarship (the marriage of science and the humanities). Dr. Pravica’s connections to Illinois include collaboration with Argonne Labs and Keynote speaker at the 2020 Virtual Kids Climate Summit.

    • May 24, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    Rescheduled from May 3rd

    Back to Basics: Boundaries and Self-Care

    Jessica Brown-McBroom, the owner of Gifted Key Counseling, will tackle this topic.  In this presentation, we will be addressing  the overall needs of a family under stress.  In addition, Jessica will cover the best nutrition and sleep patterns for executive functioning as well as how to set effective limits within the family.....including setting limits with children on screen time.

    Jessica Brown-McBroom bio

    Jessica Brown-McBroom is a licensed clinical professional counselor who is passionate about providing quality individual and family coaching for children, adolescents, and adults using a positive strength-based approach. Jessica embraces laughter and lightheartedness as an essential part of her work with children and families.  She specializes in twice-exceptional children and adolescents with executive functioning deficits.  This includes AD/HD children, children on the spectrum and children with learning disorders.  Diagnosed with AD/HD as a child, Jessica carries her own personal story of struggle and success in both her educational presentations and in her coaching, providing encouragement for families in the midst of their own struggles with executive functioning deficits.

    Jessica provides in-home and online coaching sessions offering hands-on interventions focused on improving an individual’s executive functioning skills.  She focuses on utilizing existing environmental supports while adapting new strategies to better structure an individual’s environment for success.  Using creative and research-based techniques, Jessica also assists individuals with further developing the brain’s ability to perform executive functioning independently of external supports.  Jessica’s approach is to identify and use an individual’s giftedness and assist them in flourishing in  current and future environments.

    • June 02, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is trying something new with a general fiction book.

    A Place for US

    Fatima Farheen Mirze

    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us on Zoom for a lively discussion of the book, parenting, current events, . . . Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door! The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of (parenting)challenges you do!

    • June 04, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Central United Methodist Church, 8237 Kenton, Skokie

    Due to precautions required because of COVID-19 and limited classes available, for the Summer 2021 semester we are limiting enrollment to existing families. We hope to return to a full schedule for the Fall session, 
    and look forward to welcoming new families at that time

    Three weeks will be field trips: June 11, July 9, and August 6.

    LOGYC, Learning Opportunities for Gifted Youth, is a place where children can learn among other gifted children and have the opportunity to work at ability level versus being age restricted. At LOGYC, children can feel accepted for who they are, without having to hide their strengths or weaknesses. They don't need to underachieve to conform or feel isolated in feeling "not normal." They receive support for oversensitivities and integrating into a group learning environment. But please keep in mind that this is a co-op, not a school, and parents are expected to fully contribute/participate.

    This unique community is a safe space to be gifted and to connect with like-minded peers, for students and parents alike.

    Registering for the co-op allows you to register for our many fabulous classes - check them out! 

    Many of our classes have flexible age ranges, as gifted kids often have asynchronistic development. If you have any questions about class details, whether a class would be appropriate for your kid[s], or the coop in general, please email us at

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The Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) is a member-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by parents to support the intellectual and emotional growth of gifted children and their families. 

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