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Empowering Our Unique Learning Community

We aim to create a vibrant community of learners, spanning ages 5 to 105, and experiences, who recognize the value of engaging with others and being responsible for each other's success. To empower individuals to reach their full potential, we dismantle barriers to learning and functioning. Rooted in the Feuerstein approach to cognitive modifiability, we employ dynamic and creative strategies to foster growth and development. Embracing a holistic perspective that encompasses the learner, their family, and the wider community, we strive to create an inclusive and supportive ecosystem where every individual can thrive.

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Celebrating a Person's Potential and Genius

At PlayThinks, we envision a transformative future where our innovative approach becomes a game-changer in the realm of learning and education.

We strive to create a vibrant space where neurodivergent and neurotypical learners alike engage in interactive play, fostering understanding and empathy between individuals of all backgrounds. Our vision is to normalize humanity in all of its beauty, embracing each unique color in the spectrum of life.

Just as a box of crayons comes together to create a masterpiece, PlayThinks aims to bring together individuals from varied walks of life, each contributing their unique hues to the canvas of the world.


We challenge ourselves with the question:

'How can each person, with their distinct strengths and perspectives, enrich and benefit the world?'

This vision drives us to create an inclusive, empowering, and vibrant atmosphere of learning and growth for every individual who walks through our doors.

The Origins of PlayThinks

Here in the vibrant city of Chicago, PlayThinks was born out of a profound realization: there was a gap in services for the Jewish community with special needs. We envisioned a space that embraces the rich traditions of our Jewish heritage and enriches the lives of families all across Chicago.

PlayThinks celebrates the beauty of neurodiversity. Our doors are open to lifelong learners, from the young age of 5 to the wise age of 105. We are more than a center; we are a vibrant community center, where every individual is valued and every journey of learning is celebrated.


We Are PlayThinks



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Our Location

We are located in the teal building west of Mather (Steven Tang) Park in the West Rogers Park Neighborhood.

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