Chicago Debates Instagram Landing Page

Below you can find all recent links from posts on our Instagram, @chicagodebates

Register for our 25th Anniversary Inaugural IMPACT Showcase HERE.

Listen here to Elijah Easley (Kenwood Academy Junior) on the Smash Boom Best for a podcast discussion on Godzilla vs. King Kong.

We’re Hiring! Apply here.

Watch our new Organizational Video here.

Breaking News: Chicago Debates’ Executive Director Named Crain’s Notable Black Leader & Executive. Read Dr. Gunn’s statement and the full press release here.

Our Executive Director, Dr. Toinette Gunn, named a 2021 Crain’s Chicago NOTABLE Black Leader and Executive. Check out Dr. Gunn’s profile here.

Performance Trust Showcases Chicago Debates Alum

Re-Watch Public Forum LIVE!

Join the Chicago Debates Alumni Facebook Group here!

Check-out Ava McKenzie (Junior, Lindblom Math & Science Academy) and Amanti Washington (Freshman, Kenwood Academy) debate it out: 

Our season will remain virtual for now, but the good news is: You have another opportunity this Fall to volunteer from anywhere in the world. Interested volunteers can fill out this application:  and then sign up for tournaments here:

Read the Performance Trust press release here.

Re-watch Make Room for Debate10 here.

Debaters say thank you to our donors: Watch here

Read our AustinTalks feature

Morten Group FIRE Grant: Re-watch the NBC5 Chicago segment here and read the full press release. Watch the announcement here

Read the Sun-Times story, “Chicago Debates Mural Makes a Splash”

Watch our Wintrust Mural Unveiling Event here

Press Release: Allstate to Host Invitational Debate Tournament for CPS Students

Listen to Terry Hunt on our partnership with Austin Community College

McDermott Will & Emery Host Debate Tournament for CPS Students

One Small Step for Justice… A Giant Relief for Humankind: Statement from our Executive Director.

Press Release: Associate Board Member and Alumnus Sharone Mitchell Appointed Cook County Public Defender

Our 2021 Debater of the Year, Gregorio Chavez of Pritzker College Prep!

Hundreds of CPS High School Students Compete in City Championship Debate Tournament

Hundreds of CPS High School Students to Compete in City Championship Debate Tournament

Our Associate Board’s Sharone Mitchell’s Sun-Times Feature

Middle School City Championship’s Outstanding Adjudicator Award: Olena Romantsova

Senior Spotlight: We spoke with Ian Vanswearingen and Marcel Bieganski from Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center, along with their coaches Hollis Griffin and Ryan Howell.

In Solidarity…We Remain Standing! Read the full statement here

Our 2021 Middle School Coach of the Year, Jackie Roman, from KIPP One Academy. 

Associate Board Chair Onica Matsika named one of Ice Miller LLP’s 2020 Pro Bono Award Honorees. Read the blog here

Middle School Rookie Team Champs: Hear from Sarah Brown & Kendall Brewton here.

Read the press release from the 2021 Middle School City Championships.

Student Debater Volunteers As Debate Judge: Carlie Ceska’s story

Chicago Debates on CBS2 Chicago: Students Share About Debating in a Virtual World

Our Associate Board Members Onica Matsika (Ice Miller) and Amit Bindra (The Prinz Law Firm) made the 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list! Check out the full list here

Watch our Executive Director, Dr. Toinette Gunn, on the Social Change ChangeFest Film Festival HERE (jump to the 42:48 mark for the segment).

FOX32 Chicago and our Executive Director, Dr. Toinette Gunn, following the final presidential debate HERE.

FOX32 Chicago chats with our Executive Director, Dr. Toinette Gunn. Watch HERE

ABC7 Chicago features our 9th Annual Make Room for Debate Virtual Experience. 

Watch our 2020 Lecture Series on Criminal Justice Reform on the Chicago Debates YouTube Channel.

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“Our Contribution to Justice: Cultivating the Voice & Skills of our Future Leaders”–We stand in solidarity with those across the world demanding justice and change. Read the full message from our Executive Director here: