2021 Chicago Summer Camp Guide | Chicago Moms Network

Thank you for making the Lincoln Park Moms 2021 Summer Camp Guide a part of your family’s camp research! A HUGE thank you to our sponsor, City Volkswagen of Chicago. City Volkswagen has made it possible for us to provide this 2021 guide to you, and we truly appreciate their support of our beloved local businesses! Thanks so much City Volkswagen!

A note about camp programs and Covid-19: We’ve spoken to so many camps who are really doing their best to move with the ever-changing CDC guidelines and have your child’s safety and health in mind. Please contact the camp of interest to ask any specific questions! 

The Local Moms Network and subsidiary Lincoln Park Area Moms does not endorse any one camp and assumes no liability. When making your camp decision, please be sure to perform your due diligence.

A Fairytale Ballet 

3234 N Southport Ave & 2243 W North Ave
Lakeview: 773-477-4488 Bucktown: 773-606-0318
[email protected]

Join us for Mini Camps and Full Camps, every Monday through Friday, in July & August.
Fairytale Ballerinas (ages 3-6) & Twinkle Toes (ages 2-3) are welcome!
1,2,3 or 5 day offerings and new themes each week. Crafts & dancing props. 
Frozen, The Little Mermaid’s Luau, Moana, Tinker Bell and Fairies, Unicorns…and more!
Enthusiastic, older students have the chance to create a ballet with a custom theme, creation of characters, choreography, theatrics, stage make-up, and a take-home costume! Performance is on the last day.
Dancers have two chances to join our Create a Ballet Workshop, for ages 7-10, July 12-16 & August 2-6. 
Our unique Ballet Theater Intensive for 9+ runs August 9-13. 
Summer classes for all ages, too!

Age: 2-6 years & 7+

Hours: 2-3 years, 9:15-10:15 am & 3-5 years, 10:30-1:30 pm



Altitude Chicago

404 N. Armour St. (Ashland and Kinzie)
[email protected]

For the months of July and August, Altitude Chicago is hosting a weekly Summer Camp for jumpers 4-12 years old! Games, open jump on all 14 attractions in the trampoline park, arts and crafts and other recreational activities to keep the kids moving! Indoor and outdoor activities planned! Half day and full day options! Small groups up to 10 kids with 1 instructor. 

Age: 4-12
Dates/Themes:  July and August                                                                                                           

Hours: 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm

Discount: Sibling discounts available!

Bennett Day Camp

955 W. Grand Ave.
312-236-6388 ext. 1005
[email protected]

Bennett Day is back with our best camp yet! This summer, we will be offering full-day, on-site camps for ages 4-18. Registration is now open!

At Bennett Day Camp, we provide an enriching atmosphere that enables our campers to develop self-identity, leadership skills, and a lifelong sense of adventure. Our campers and counselors will participate in field trips, team sports, music, arts, scientific discovery, and water play in a collaborative culture.

Bennett Day has always prioritized the health and safety of our campers. Learn more about the measures we’re taking to protect our community against COVID-19 in our Summer 2021 Camp Guide.

Age: 4-18

  • Bennett Day Camp for 4 Y/O-5th grade | Weekly from June 28 – August 6
  • Camp T.E.S. (Technology and Engineering Sciences) for 6th-10th grade | June 28 – July 2, July 5 – July 9 
  • Woodworking for 6th-10th grade | July 12 – July 16, July 19 – July 23
  • Tech & Entrepreneurship for 6th-10th grade | July 26 – July 30
  • Design Entrepreneurship for 6th-10th grade | August 2nd – August 6
  • Counselor in Leadership Training Program for 11-12th grade | June 28 – Aug. 6
  • Download our Summer 2021 Camp Guide.

Hours: Full Day Camp from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (extended hours are available)

Discounts: 10% off for siblings


Camp Bubbles

2184 N Elston
[email protected]

Camp Bubbles: A one-of-a-kind small group STEAM summer camp, powered by play!
We’ll run, we’ll play, we’ll create and get messy as we explore all of the interdisciplinary magic in science, tech, engineering, art and math. Children entering 1st or 2nd grade next school year will dive into daily STEAM exploration, along with opening and closing camp circles, mindfulness, and recess on the nature playground.

Age: For children entering 1st or 2nd grade in September 2021

Dates/Themes: June 7th – August 27th weekly registration

Hours: 9 AM – 12 PM, aftercare available 12-5 pm

Discount: 10% discount for advance enrollment in 6+ weeks

Chicago Children’s Theatre Camps (West Loop)

100 S. Racine (Virtual Options Also Available)
Dexter Ellis ([email protected])

Step into a fairy tale tornado, climb aboard for a deep sea adventure, navigate across the galaxy, saddle up for a unicorn quest, and more! Chicago Children’s Theatre’s unique line-up of virtual and in-person camps give students the chance to create fantastical, original on-stage and filmed productions. Explore the basics of acting, songwriting, scenic and prop design, choreography, and collaborative story development in a fun, vibrant space to play. Each camp culminates in a world-premiere performance for friends and family. Financial aid available.

Age: 6-14

June 14 – 18: Flight to the Sun (Online)

June 23 – 25: Acting for the Camera: Cut to Commercial (In-person)

June 28 – July 2: Legends of the Sea (In-person)

July 6 – 9: Fairy Tale Tornado (In-person)

July 12 – 23: Musical Theatre: The Least Popular Trolls (In-person)

July 12 – 16: Acting for the Camera: Sci-Fi Edition (Online)

July 26 – August 6: Musical Theatre: An Elephant Never Forgets (In-person)

August 9 – 13: When Pets Ran the World (Online)

August 16 – 20: GirlProv! Improv for Empowerment (In-person)

August 23 – 27: Acting for the Camera: Film Noir (Online)

August 30 – Sept. 3: A Western Roundup (In-person)



Full Day Camp 9:30AM – 4:00PM, Monday – Friday

Free before and after care 8:15AM – 5:30PM. 


Dance on Broadway 

3126 N. Broadway 
[email protected]

Join us for a week full of dancing, arts & crafts, imagination, friends, & FUN! Dancers will learn a variety of genres in this action packed camp while also enjoying daily arts & crafts and storytelling!

Age: 3-18

Dates/Themes: Camps will run the weeks of June 14th, June 21st, June 28th, August 2nd, August 9th, and August 16th

Hours: 3-4yrs (9am-12pm), 5-6yrs (9am-12pm OR 9am-3pm), 7-9yrs (9am-12pm OR 9am-3pm), 9-11yrs (9am-12pm or 9am-3pm), 12yr + (12pm-3pm)

Discount: Register by May 1st and receive 10% off with promo code CAMP10


Hi-Five Sports Camp

1450 W Adams, Chicago, IL 60607 (Whitney Young HS)
[email protected]

Hi-Five Sports Camp Chicago is an 8-week day camp that offers a full menu of team sports designed for boys and girls from Pre-K (4 years old) to 9th grade. Hi-Five Sports Camp Chicago is about so much more than winning and losing – it is about teamwork, playing hard and playing fair. And it is about making new buddies and enjoying the camaraderie. A camp that is as encouraging as it is challenging. As safe as it is high-energy. And as instructional as it is fun. Optional Bus Transportation, Hot Lunch Program and Swimming Program as well.

Age: 4-14

Dates/Themes:  June 21 – August 13 (Customizable 2-8 week programs available)

Hours: 9AM-3PM (After camp 3:00-5:30pm)

Discount: Use code HIFIVECHI for a $50 off per week!

JCC Apachi Day Camp – Old Town

1034 N. Wells Street

Redefining creativity, sports, teamwork & adventure in Chicago! Apachi Old Town’s traditional and innovative activities provide campers with heart-pounding fun and the thrill of discovery, keeping them motivated, thinking and moving all summer long. Imagine your camper…

  • Building confidence on the high ropes, climbing wall and obstacle courses.
  • Creating solutions using art and construction in the Design & Tinkering Lab.
  • Practicing skills, playing and competing in an extensive array of team and individual sports.
  • Finding his or her voice as member of a cheerleading squad or tumbling team.

And, of course, each week is filled with endless moments of Apachi Magic – theme days, Shabbat celebrations, guest entertainers and more. Giggles and grins are encouraged. Camps focus on basic art principles and introduce students to many different art materials. Campers get to explore, make a mess and have fun!

Age: 4yrs – 7th grade + Counselor in Training 8th-10th Grade 


Full Summer  |  6 Weeks  |   July 6-August 13
Session 1  |  3 Weeks  |   July 6-July 23
Session 2  |  3 Weeks  |   July 26-August 13

Camp Hours  |  9:30am – 3:15pm

Before Care begins at 8:15am
After Care ends at 5:30pm

JCC Apachi Day Camp – Rogers Park

3003 W. Touhy 

Located at Bernard Horwich JCC, Apachi Rogers Park is a hidden gem in the community, providing campers with a one-of-a-kind exploration of Judaism and self. You may not see it from our front doors, but venture out back and you’ll discover a gorgeous park-like setting, for sunny camp days packed with all the fun and friends of Apachi. With swim lessons, theme days, field trips, cookouts, and sports, campers thrive in our Torah-enriched community while exploring new interest, gaining skills, and creating lifelong friendships.

We also offer Apachi Village Rogers Park, specifically designed for preschoolers ages 2-4. Learn More.

Age: 2yrs – 6th grade + Counselor in Training 7th-10th Grade 


Full Summer  |  8 Weeks  |  June 21-August 13
Session 1  |  4 Weeks  |  June 21-July 16
Session 2  |  4 Weeks  |  July 19-August 13

Camp Hours  |  9:30am – 3:30pm 
Before care begins at 7:30am
After care ends at 6:00pm

KidCreate Studio Lakeview

3709 N Southport Avenue
[email protected]

Our energized summer camps offer an exciting format for art exploration. Camp curriculum is designed to inspire and educate your young artist in an environment where giggles and grins are encouraged. Camps focus on basic art principles and introduce students to many different art materials. Campers get to explore, make a mess and have fun!

Age: 3-12
Dates/Themes: Camps run from 5/17-9/2. Themes include: Claylicious, Oh my, Glitter, Little Mess Makers, Slime-tastic, and many more!
Hours: Mon-Thurs, 9-12 and 1-4, with the option to add lunch. Workshops are also available on Fridays.

Discount: Sibling discount 20%- must call or email to apply

Kids’ Work Chicago Summer Camp 

2633 W. Addison Street

Featuring structured indoor learning opportunities and fun outdoor activities including walking trips, water play, sports, and free play on our onsite secure playground. Plus weekly music with Ms. Elisa of Wee Groove, Yoga sessions with Ms. Cassi, and dance classes with All About Dance!

Our summer camp program is an extension of our top rated and exceptionally reliable Kids’ Work Chicago children’s learning center. Located in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, our program is available for your convenience all summer without interruption! For families that need a full day of care, we also offer high quality full day options.

Offering two three-week sessions, our program is the complete camp experience your family is looking for!

Session One: July 12 -31
Session Two: August 2 -20
Full Day 8:00 – 4:30 / After Care 4:30 – 6:30

    • Consistent high quality staff for fun summer learning. Summer learning is sure to be fun and engaging as coordinated by our high quality camp staff. During their time here at Kids’ Work, your camper will be surrounded by a consistent group of creative, energetic, and loving educators.
    • Individualized Attention. Our smaller than typical group sizes provide your camper with plenty of individualized attention, support, and interaction!
    • High quality, fresh organic meals. Your camper will enjoy freshly prepared meals and snacks each day from our catering company, Healthy Organic Kids. Our high-quality meal plans expose campers to a variety of tastes and textures helping them to develop a lifetime of healthy eating habits.
    • Celebration of individuality. Our program values each camper as an individual by celebrating all the interesting traits that make them unique. In our program your camper will feel free to express themselves creatively through our many open-ended art and music activities.

Age: 4-8

Session One: July 12 -31 

Session Two: August 2 -20

Hours: Full Day 8:00 – 4:30 / After Care 4:30 – 6:30


Mention that you heard about us from Lincoln Park Area Moms, enroll by April 23, and receive our EARLY BIRD discount!

Early Bird Special – Ends April 23, 2021

10% Discount off 1st Week of Each Full Camp Session Reserved

Lillstreet Art Center

4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.
[email protected]

Lillstreet Art Center offers a wide variety of summer camps for children and teens ages 3-16 in multimedia art forms including ceramics, movie making, photography, sewing, metalsmithing and jewelry, printmaking, painting, and drawing. Each day, campers add to the lively Lillstreet community, working and learning alongside professional artists. Each student is seen as an individual with a unique voice. Instructors foster a relaxed and non-competitive environment in the classroom, focusing on the process rather than the end result—the goal is to learn new skills, gain confidence, and most importantly, have fun! 

Age: 3-16

Dates/Themes: Week-long camps begin every Monday, June 14–August 30

Hours: Full-day camps: 9AM–3:30PM. Half-day camps from 9AM–1PM and 1:30–4:30PM. Morning and aftercare are available.

Discount: Save $10 per camp when you register by March 29

Mighty Artist – Creative Lettering Camp 

1006 W. Armitage 
[email protected]

CALLING ALL (mini) MIGHTY ARTISTS! There’s a new Creative Lettering Camp, hosted by Mighty Violet – the Lincoln Park-based brand known for its “Paper with Punch, that’s Perfectly Personal.” Perfect for kids looking to use their imagination and tap into their creativity, no experience needed! Participants will learn:
⭐️ The basics of hand-lettering, building their skills from simple print to basic script.
⭐️ The “mighty” style of lettering, mixing the traditional with the whimsical, adding personalized touches every step of the way.
⭐️ Commonly used embellishment techniques, including sassy swirls, funky frames and cool corners.
⭐️ Techniques will be incorporated into a take-home piece that highlights their “mighty” learnings. (Love it!)
⭐️ Sessions to run Monday through Thursday, all materials included.
Camp will be held at our new summer workspace at Armitage and Sheffield. Space is limited, you can register @ https://www.mightyvioletdesign.com/camp. FYI, Insta for Mighty Violet is @mighty.violet for further context on the brand!

Age: 8-10 and 11-13

Dates/Themes: June 14-17 / June 21-24 / June 28-July 1                                                                                                         

Hours: 9-12 and 1-4

Discount: Price is $150, all materials included!


Lincoln Park (St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1633 N Cleveland Ave, Chicago, IL 60614)

Additional sites in Near North, Bucktown, North Center, Lake View, Ravenwood, Evanston, and Wilmette! Check out Pedalheads.com

[email protected]

Pedalheads Bike is a learn-to-ride bike program for kids ages 2 – 12 best known for helping children get off training wheels and safely ride one the road. We provide innovative and effective programs that are safe, fun, and challenging children to discover a world of opportunities. We focus on developing healthy, confident, and independent kids by way of our own teaching methods, small classes, and incredible instructors.

Age: 3-13

Dates/Themes: Chicago Locations Dates: June 28 – September 3, 2021; Evanston & Wilmette Dates: June 7 – August 13, 2021                                                                                 

Hours: All Day (9am – 4pm), Half Classes (AM 9am – 12pm, PM 1pm – 4pm), and Preschool Classes (9am – 10:45am, 11am – 12:15pm)

Discount: Use code LPMOMS for a $50 discount (valid until May 31, 2021)


The Kids Table

2337 W North Ave 
[email protected]

The Kids’ Table is the premier Chicago cooking school for kids and we are THRILLED to be back to host our 15th year of IN-PERSON Summer Camp at our Wicker Park location! Fill your belly, expand your taste buds, discover new recipes and pick up some mad kitchen skills with us this summer.

In our FULL DAY KIDS CAMPS we spend about half the day in the kitchen whipping up delicious dishes, and the rest of the day is full of food-themed crafts, games and more. In our HALF DAY TEEN CAMP, campers will work at small group cooking stations for maximum skill-building and increased independence.

Check out our weekly themes which are already posted on our website. www.kids-table.com

Additionally, we will continue to offer Virtual Summer Camp this year if you prefer a remote style of learning.

Age: Kids Camp (Ages 5-10) Teen Camp (Ages 11-14)

Dates/Themes: June 7 – Sept 3

Hours: Full Day Kids Camp 9am-3pm, Half Day Teen Camp: 1pm-4pm

Discount: 10% Sibling Discount

The Paintbrush Art Studio

2646 N Halsted Street
[email protected]

This summer The Paintbrush offers something for every ART-loving kid! In-Person ART Camps (4 weeks throughout the summer), Online Live ART Camps (June/July), and ART in the Park (all summer!). Choose the camp that best suits your level of comfort. All Covid19 safety precautions will remain in place for our in-person activities. Kids learn best by doing! Our ART Camps teach kids about art through a variety of approaches and always via hands-on lessons. Space is limited for your kids’ safety! Register early to guarantee your spot.

Age: 5-11
Dates/Themes:  June 21-September 3                                                                                                         

Hours: Varies by camp 

Discount: Register early to guarantee your spot!

West Loop Soccer Club

1331 W. Adams Street
[email protected] 

The WLSC Soccer Camps are a great place for any soccer enthusiast who is looking to improve their skills, work hard, make new friends and have fun! Our mission is to provide athletes with the tools to improve and to enjoy soccer for life! We offer coed programs for children of all ability levels in a safe, fun and family oriented environment. We focus our training on foot-skills and ball control, SAQ (speed, agility and quickness), small sided games and finishing.

Age: 5-14

WLSC #1 Camp | June 21-25
FC Red Star Camp | August 16-20
Master Class Camp | August 23-27
Back to School Camp | Aug 30 – Sep 20

Hours: Half Day 9am-12pm and Full Day 9am-4pm. Lunch included for full-day campers. 

Discount: Save $50 on a full day camp with discount code LPAM2021

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