The AIC Archery program started in 2011 as an after school program. Equipment and funding were provided by Easton Foundations. It began as an educational activity to engage youth with STEM learning by utilizing archery as cultural pedagogy. In January 2014, the program was revamped to include the USA Archery affiliated Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) club and Adult Archery Program (AAP), along with weekly lessons to further involve Chicago communities.

Meet Our Staff:

Tammy Besser – Archery Coordinator
Tammy Besser is a USA Archery Level 4-NTS Coach. In addition to coaching at AIC, Tammy is currently the Archery Club coach at Northwestern University and instructs veterans with disabilities. She previously instructed with World Sport Chicago and the Chicago Archery Center. Tammy's also certified by Archery Education Resources and participate in workshops on equipment repair and maintenance and bow-fitting. Tammy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has received training on many of the interventions and techniques commonly employed in sports psychology.


Michael Garcia – Archery Coordinator
Michael Garcia is Choctaw and a USA Archery Level 2 Instructor.



We will be CLOSED on Saturday June 29th, July 27th.

We will be OPEN on Sunday, July 28th offering the Saturday schedule.

In July 2019 we are open Tuesday and Friday evenings and Saturdays (except 7/27) on our regular schedule as indicated below.

Please prepay and register for classes on the archery registration page!  Each class has a limited number of spots.  

Saturday Schedule

JOAD Practice                                   12:30-1:50

Youth Class (age 8-17)                       1:00-1:50pm

Class                                                   2:00-2:50pm

Class                                                   3:00-3:50pm

Open Lane (based on availability)      2:00-4:00pm

    *Tuesday and Friday Evening Schedule

Class (all ages)                                   6:00-6:50pm

Class                                                   7:00-7:50pm

Class                                                   8:00-8:50pm

Open Lane (based on availability)      6:00-8:50pm


  • All classes $20

  • Also available for private lessons, parties and special events (pricing varies, please contact for details)

  • Open lane and additional classes may be arranged at other times with a six archer minimum

 We are a Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) and Adult Achievement Club. Contact us to join and for practice and star pin shoot dates/details.

For the most up to date schedule and pricing, to receive announcements, or to register for classes e-mail us at