The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has set a strike date for October 17. School support staff and Chicago Park District staff (SEIU Local 73) have also authorized a strike. While contract negotiations continue, we will use this page to share local resources to Swift families to plan for the potential strike.

CPS contingency site locator includes schools, libraries, and safe haven sites such as social service agencies and churches. Search for a site here.

At Swift, Mr. Cannella and Mr. Richie as well as two staff from the District will be at school for non-instructional activities throughout the day taking place in the Auditorium, Gym, and Cafeteria. Breakfast and lunch will be served accordingly during these activities. Families who intend to bring their children to Swift should register here: (you can find your child’s student i.d. on the progress report that went home recently).

Local Strike Camps and Safe Spaces

Swedish American Museum (Andersonville) will offer day-long strike camps, starting on Monday, October 21. Cost is $50 for 9:00-2:00pm, or $65 for 9:00-4:00pm. They also have partial financial scholarships available. Registration and contact information is on their website.

CircEsteem (Uptown) is offering a Safe Space Circus Camp, starting October 17. Open to kids from age 6-16. Cost is $66 per day, 9:00-3:00. You will be able to reserve a space for this class on a daily basis, depending on how long the potential strike lasts. CircEsteem will happily refund 100% of your reservation money if the strike ends. CircEsteem understands that the impending strike may also be a burden on your family’s budget. If you need financial assistance for this camp, please contact us at (773) 732-4564. Register here.

Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop (Andersonville) is offering “Broadway Bound” strike camp. Your child will sing, dance, and move to songs from popular shows! They will also expand their imaginations and learn to collaborate with others while playing theatre games and creating their own improvised scenes! Space is limited so Pre-Register now to reserve your spot! We quickly reached capacity in 2016.  You will not be charged unless the camp runs. Cost is $85 per day. Register here.

Studio Us (Andersonville/Uptown) will be hosting strike workshops on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18. Halloween crafts on Thursday, and Dia de Los Muertos crafts on Friday. Each workshop will run from 10am to 3pm, and will cost $50 per day. These workshops are suitable for students age 5 to 12. To reserve a spot, please contact StudioUs at, or call/text (872) 222-7828. We also have room in all of our 3:15-4:15 pm drawing classes should parents need additional after-school programming for their students. If CPS classes are not interrupted, workshops will not take place. There is no charge to make reservations, and class fees will be billed at drop-off on the morning of the workshop.

Lill Street Art Center (Montrose and Ravenswood) is offering strike camp, starting October 17. Cost is $50 members/$55 non members. 9am to 3:30pm. Currently registering for October 17th, but will add dates as needed. Fee will be refunded if strike is averted.

Edgewater Branch Library (Edgewater), 6000 N. Broadway. Hours are: Mon. & Wed., 10-6; Tues. & Thurs., Noon-8; Fri. & Sat., 9-5. All ages can visit the library; Parents may not leave children under age 11 unattended in the library. Students may bring food to eat; light snacks available. Call (312) 742-1945 for more information.

Bezazian Branch Library (Uptown), 1226 W. Ainslie. Hours are: Mon. & Wed., Noon-8; Tues. & Thurs., 10-6; Fri. & Sat., 9-5. All ages can visit the library; Parents may not leave children under age 11 unattended in the library. Students may bring food to eat; light snacks available. Call (312) 744-0019 for more information.

Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club (Uptown), 4835 N. Sheridan Road. Hours are 9am-5:30pm. Limited to 50 students, ages 5-18. Contact for more information: 773-271-8400.

Chicago Mosaic School (Edgewater), 1127 Granville, will provide a strike camp for CPS students (ages 6+). On Thursday and Friday of this week (10/17 and 10/18) from 1pm-4pm, they will host our 3-hour Mosaic Basics Workshop. In this workshop, participants begin with a brief tour of The Chicago Mosaic School and the Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics. Students are shown a variety of examples of both ancient and contemporary mosaics, as well as receive an introduction to mosaic tools, techniques, and materials. Students will create their own personalized 4” x 4” mosaic to take home. This workshop is $10/person, with a minimum of 10 students to run. Call the school (773-856-6777) to reserve a spot and/or make a payment. 

Strike camps are also being offered throughout the city, including YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs. Raise Your Hand is compiling a city-wide list on their website, here:

Swift Childcare Swap

Swift parents can use this form to offer, request, or swap childcare. This is a resource for individual families to make connections and help each other: