Great Midwest Region

Chicago IL and the surrounding Northern, Northwest, and Southern suburbs; Champaign IL

About Us

About Great Midwest Region

Great Midwest Region spans across Illinois, primarily in and around the Chicagoland area; including Chicago, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Northbrook, Skokie, Wilmette, Naperville, Homewood/Flossmoor, and our newest community in Champaign!

Through youth-led and staff-supported programs, BBYO Great Midwest Region gives our members opportunities to develop leadership skills and positively affect their communities, the world, and themselves. We constantly strive to provide more Jewish teens with more meaningful Jewish experiences each and every day, so that they may become the future Jewish leaders in their communities and in the Jewish world at large.

Community Partners: 

  • Keshet is a one-of-a-kind organization that brings classroom experiences, camps, sports, social and vocational activities, and residential opportunities to 600 people with disabilities and special needs each year. BBYO works closely with Keshet to provide inclusion support for teens who are participating in BBYO locally. Please contact us at [email protected] to be connected with a Keshet staff member to discuss availability and schedule an intake prior to registering.

  • Jewish Community Center Chicago together with BBYO GMR are two of Chicagoland’s largest providers of activities to the Jewish teen audience. We work closely together as we have found that collaboration will leverage the strengths of both organizations, applying BBYO’s time-tested approach to teen leadership and year-round engagement to JCC Chicago’s broad engagement with thousands of teens through camp, community service, employment, and an array of skill and leadership development activities.

Upcoming Events

Check out our upcoming events below! You can scroll through the calendar month-by-month, hover over an event to get a quick view, and click to find out more information or register for one of our programs. You can find out about our International Passport program offerings here. You can also learn more about BBYO’s COVID-19 preparedness, guidelines and policies regarding local, regional, and international programs here.

Contact Us

Regional Staff

  • Senior Regional Director: Alana Ben-Zeev

  • Associate Regional Director: Jami Goldberg

  • Associate Regional Director: Max Smith


  • S'ganit: Megan O

  • N'siah: Kaitlin F

  • Mit Mom: Sophie G

  • Sh'licha: Riley A

  • Mazkirah: Romy C

  • Gizborit: Ellie A


  • Godol: Aiden H

  • S'gan: Leo A

  • Moreh: Jeremy I

  • Shaliach: Ryan L

  • Mazkir: Benjamin K

  • Gizbor: Joshua S

Northbrook, IL

(708) 320-1611


Ahavah BBG #2414

Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Next Event

  • Ahavah Tu Bishvat/Yoga Birthday Party Program
    February, 05 2023 @ 2:30 PM EST

Aviva BBG #2509

Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Next Event

  • Aviva's Spring Kickoff Painted Penguin
    February, 01 2023 @ 7:00 PM EST

Central Illinois BBYO

Champaign, Peoria, Illinois, Springfield, Illinois

Chai Tov BBG #2541

Chicago, Illinois

Next Event

  • Chai Tov's Karaoke Night
    January, 31 2023 @ 6:30 PM EST

Chaverim BBG #1828

Flossmoor, Illinois

Haganah AZA #2379

Skokie/Evanston/Wilmette, Illinois

Next Event

  • Making Pizza with Haganah
    February, 01 2023 @ 7:00 PM EST

Jane Beber Abramson BBG #2514

Chicago, Illinois

Next Event

  • JBA Pizza Making
    February, 01 2023 @ 7:00 PM EST

Korczak BBG #849

Skokie/evanston/wilmette, Illinois

Next Event

  • Korczak's Beau Elections
    February, 05 2023 @ 1:00 PM EST

Moreshet Ma'arav BBYO #5032

Naperville, Illinois

Ometz AZA #2553

Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Next Event

  • Ometz Board Game Night
    February, 01 2023 @ 7:00 PM EST

Palmach AZA #2561

Chicago, Illinois

Shabak AZA #2342

Northbrook, Illinois

South Suburbs BBYO

Homewood/Flossmore, Illinois

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