Youth Design Showcase

  • Kovler Atrium
    Second Floor
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
  • The Commons
    Second Floor, East Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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After School Matters students participate in Summer Youth Workshops in the MCA studios inspired by the Virgil Abloh exhibition
Photo: Grace DuVal


Celebrate youth creativity with an evening of runway shows and design installations presented by the winners of the MCA × Virgil Abloh Design Challenge.

Over 300 Chicagoland youth turned something boring or broken into something extraordinary and submitted ideas ranging from a global radio to eco-friendly fashions. Watch short videos produced by Instagram highlighting each of the 5 winners and view their winning designs in person.

The Youth Design Showcase also features creations from design workshops inspired by Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech.” Working with city-wide institutional partners, the MCA welcomed over 1,100 youth from 58 city-wide summer programs to attend free artist-led workshops and explore their creative passions. Youth and supporters of all ages are invited to enjoy the presentations, music, and free food.


We are pleased to present the winners of the Design Challenge:

Orkhon Otgonbaatar

Darius Jones

Zoe Haralambidis

Spencer Allan

Raina Lenn Santiago