2023 Summer Camp Guide | Chicago Moms Network

Thank you for making the Chicago Moms Network Summer Camp Guide a part of your family’s camp research! We’ve curated a detailed list of the best camps being offered in 2023. We hope that this makes your search for your child’s perfect camp a little easier! 

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

Pedalheads Camps

Lincoln Park High School (2001 N Orchard Street, Chicago 60614)

Additional sites:

  • Chicago – Andersonville – St. Augustine College
  • Chicago – Bucktown – Moos Elementary School
  • Chicago – Lake View – William H. Prescott Elementary
  • Chicago – Lake View East
  • Chicago – North Center – Alexander Graham Bell Elementary
  • Chicago – Ravenswood
  • Chicago – Roscoe Village – Alcott College Prep
  • Chicago – West Loop – Mitchell Elementary School
  • Naperville – Community Christian Church
  • Northfield – Lutheran Church of the Ascension
  • River Forest – Concordia University Chicago
  • Wilmette – Baker Demonstration School

888-886-6464
[email protected]

Pedalheads is a learn-to-ride week-long summer bike camp for kids 2 and up, best known for helping kids get off of training wheels and riding on their own. We combine a fun group setting with specialized equipment, tailored cycling curriculum, and incredible instructors to build confidence and get some of the most tentative kids biking on their own. We also offer advanced bike options that focus on road safety in addition to, trail riding camps.

Why Pedalheads?

  • Proven track record over the last 25+ years: Most kids learn to ride within 1 week
  • Winner of several Parents Choice Awards for Best Children’s Day Camp
  • Fully trained instructors for beginner and advanced levels
  • Weekly Half-day, All-day, and 1.5hr Tots options

Age: 2-12

Dates/Themes: Weekly May 30th – August 18th

Hours: All Day (9am – 4pm), Half Day (AM 9am – 12pm, PM 1pm – 4pm), and Tots programs (9am – 10:30am, 10:45am – 12:15pm)

Discount: LPMOMS23 for a $50 discount valid only in 2023. Must be used at time of purchase.

 

Wildcat Sports Camp 

2311 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208
847-491-7314
[email protected]

As one of the North Shore’s best multi-sport day camps, Wildcat Sports Camp offers campers the exciting experience of learning and growing through exercise and sports. Each day campers are introduced to various games and activities while emphasizing teamwork and sportsmanship. Wildcat Sports Camp is administered on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

Registration for the 2023 camp session is now open!

  • $1,000 / session (no transportation)
  • $1,100 / session (transportation from Diversey Harbor)

Transportation: Bus service from Chicago’s Lincoln Park at Diversey Harbor is available for the 2023 camp season. The tuition for this service is listed above.

Age: Children currently attending 1st – 6th grade

Dates/Themes:

  • Session I: June 20 – June 30, 2023
  • Session II: July 3 – 14, 2023 (no camp July 4)
  • Session III: July 17 – 28, 2023

Hours: Camper drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m., and pick-up is from 3 – 4 p.m.

Kids‘ Work Chicago Riverview Summer Camp 

3429 N. California Chicago, IL 60618
773-747-3200
[email protected]

KidsWork Chicago Riverview’s summer programs for children 3- 6 years comes with our Camp KidsWork pledge:

Camp Care: Wonderful staff who love children; small group sizes ensure your child feels nurtured and cared for!

Knowledge: Meaningful themes in a curriculum format target different learning domains through play and exploration

Wonder: Feeding your child’s imagination, creativity, and exploration through hands-on activities, classes, STEAM projects, experiences, field trips, and more!

This high-quality summer camp program is an extension of KidsWork’s top rated and exceptionally reliable KidsWork Chicago Riverview children’s learning center.  Located in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, this program has convenient scheduling options to meet your family’s needs.

Each week offers a different theme for learning and exploring, and campers will enjoy weekly music classes with Ms. Elisa of Wee Groove, yoga sessions with Buddha Belly Yoga, Spanish class, in-house special activities, and local field trips! In addition, campers will also enjoy fun outdoor activities including; walking trips, water play, sports, and free play on our beautiful,onsite playground! Campers also enjoy freshly prepared meals and snacks each day from Healthy Organic Kids.

Age: 3-6

Dates/Themes: SESSION 1: June 12-June 30 *KWCR closed June 19th SESSION 2: July 10-July 28 SESSION 3: July 31- August 18

Hours: Open drop off/ pick up between 7:30am-6:30pm

Discounts: Register by March 31, 2023 and receive $125 off

Summer Special: Register for all three sessions and receive a 10% discount

Stages Chicago

1535 N Dayton St, Chicago, IL 60642 (Lincoln Park); 1150 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60607 (West Loop)
773-812-3039
[email protected]

What do you get when you combine the magic of Broadway with the fun and freedom of summer? The ultimate summer camp experience! Campers will spend the week singing, dancing, acting, and rehearsing for their final performance at the end of each week! They’ll also be given the chance to discover what goes on “behind the scenes,” helping to create costumes pieces, sets, and props. Stages camps are run by professional teaching artists with years of experience on professional stages as well as in the classroom so you can drop-off feeling confident that your child is in good hands all week long.
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Age: 3-5 (half-day and mini-camps) and 5-14 (full-day). Half-day campers join up with full-day campers for some activities while mini-campers have a separate space all to themselves.

Dates/Themes:                                                                                                             

LINCOLN PARK – THE DRUCKER CENTER (full-day and half-day)

Full-Day and Half-Day

June 12-16: Encanto

June 19-23: Six

June 26-30: Matilda

July 5-7: Hamilton

July 10-14: The Little Mermaid

July 17-21: Zombies

July 24-28: The Lion King

July 31-August 4: Wicked

August 7-11: Frozen

Mini-Camp

May 30-June 2: Cinderella

June 5-9: The Lion King

June 12-16: Frozen

June 19-23: Mary Poppins

June 26-30: Beauty and the Beast

July 10-14: The Wizard of Oz

July 17-21: Seussical

July 24-28: The Sound of Music

July 31-August 4: Encanto

August 7-11: Trolls

August 14-18: The Little Mermaid

August 21-25: Peter Pan

WEST LOOP – SOUL CITY CHURCH

Full-Day and Half-Day

 June 26-30: The Oz Musicals (Wicked, The Wiz, and The Wizard of Oz)

July 31-August 4: Six

August 7-11: The Little Mermaid

August 14-18: Matilda

 

Hours:

Half day and Mini-Camps: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Full day: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Discount: 

Sibling discount

Multi-purchase discount

10% early bird discount until April 1

5% early bird discount until May 1

Use the 4-Week Pass option to register for any four camps and save!

Tuition assistance available at https://www.stageschicago.org/tuition-assistance

Saint Luke Academy Summer Bridge Camp 

1500 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL  60657
773-472-3837
[email protected]

A Blend of Activity, Adventure & Academics! The 2023 Saint Luke Academy Summer Bridge Camp runs for 8 weeks beginning June 20, 2023. Each theme-based week will include hands-on, integrated Language Arts – reading, writing, listening and speaking skills – Math, Social Studies, Science and Art lessons, as well as free play, field trips, & fun water activities!  Sign up for each week separately or for all 8 weeks at a discount.  Before & After Care available.

Age: 3 years-old through rising 4th graders.  (Must turn 4 by September 1, 2023)

Dates/Themes:

8 weeks, each with a different theme
Week 1: June 20-23 (No Camp on June 19th) DINO-mite Dinosaurs
Week 2: June 26-30 We Are The Champions
Week 3: July 3, 5-7 (No Camp on July 4th) Outside the Lines
Week 4: July 10-14 Imagination Station
Week 5: July 17-21 Wild Kratts Adventure
Week 6: July 24-28 Mystery, Inc.
Week 7: July 31, August 1-4 Air, Land, & Sea
Week 8: August 7-11 Under The Big Top!
 
Hours: 9:00am – 3:00pm, Before & After Care runs from 8:00-9:00am and 3:00-6:00pm
 
Discounts?: Early Bird pricing until March 15th! Register for all 8 weeks at once at a discounted rate.  Prepay for weekly Before & After Care at a discounted rate.

Lillstreet Art Center 

4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.
773-769-4226
[email protected]

Lillstreet Art Center offers a wide variety of summer camps for children and teens ages 3-16 in multimedia and specialized art forms including pottery, movie making, photography, sewing, jewelry, comics, painting and more. Each day, campers add to the lively Lillstreet community, exploring 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 and everyone has lots of fun!

Age: 3-16

Dates/Themes: New camps begin every week, June 12 – Sep 1, 2023

Hours: Morning and afternoon camps available

Discount: Save 4% per camp when you register by Feb 27

Steve & Kate’s Camp 

415-389-5437

1340 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60607 (West Loop – Chicago World Language Academy)

3500 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Lakeview – Audubon Elementary)

1734 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park – Lasalle Language Academy)

4046 N Leavitt, Chicago, IL 60618 (North Center – Coonley Elementary)

1515 Lathrop Ave., River Forest, IL 60305 (Oak Park River Forest – St. Vincent Ferrer School)

Since 1980, Steve & Kate’s has put kids in charge. Campers aged 4–12 choose from a variety of activities in real-time, including sewing, coding, maker crafts, sports, and more! Families can buy any number of days, to use at any time. If your plans change, we’ll automatically refund any unused Passes in full. Lunch, snacks & all hours (8am–6pm) included.

Age: 4-12

Dates: June 12- August 11

Hours: 8am-6pm Monday-Friday

Discounts: We award financial aid to qualifying families based on verification of current income, as well as 2022 income and family size.

A Fairytale Ballet Summer Camps at Lakeview

3234 N Southport Ave 
773-477-4488 
[email protected]

Join us for Mini Camps and Full Camp (Lunch Bunch), every Monday through Friday, June 26th to August 20th!

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.

We offer Academy Camps too, for ages 5 and up.
Ballet, Character, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz & more!
Check our Instagram, Facebook or website for Academy Summer updates.

Age: 2-5 years & 5+

 

Dates and Themes:

All of their favorite stories including, Jasmine and Encanto’s Magical Days, Rainbow Unicorn & Trolls, The Little Mermaid’s Luau, Frozen, Rapunzel’s Tangled Summer, Cinderella’s Garden Wish, Beauty and The Beast Wedding Bells, and Moana’s Hawaiian Adventures. Themes vary weekly by location.
 
Week 1  (6/26-7/2) :  Jasmine and Encanto’s Magical Days
Week 2  ( 7/3-7/9):  Rainbow Unicorn & Trolls
Week 3  (7/10-7/16):  The Little Mermaid’s Luau
Week 4  (7/17-7/23):  Frozen
Week 5  (7/24-7/30):  Rapunzel’s Tangled Summer
Week 6  (7/31-8/6):  Cinderella’s Garden Wish
Week 7  (8/7-8/13):  Beauty and The Beast Wedding Bells
Week 8 (8/14-8/20):  Moana’s Hawaiian Adventures

 

Hours: 2-3 years with Caregiver, 9:15-10:15 am & 3-5 years, 10:30-12 or 1:30 pm

 

All About Dance Summer Camp

501 W North Ave. Chicago, IL 60610
773-572-8701
[email protected]

 
Join us at All About Dance this summer for jam-packed weeks of creative fun! Your camper will have the chance to explore arts & crafts, outdoor games, acrobatics, acting & singing, and of course DANCE alongside some of their favorite AAD teachers! Bring your little one over for an exciting, friendship-filled, playful summer they’ll never forget!

 

Age: Pre-K/Kinder (half days) 1st-3rd Grade (full day)

Dates/Themes:

July 10th-14th

July 17th- 21st

July 24th- 28th

July 31st- August 4th

Hours:

Half Day 8:30am-12:30pm
Full Day 8:30am-3:30pm

 

Altitude Chicago Summer Camp 2023

404 N. Armour St. (Ashland and Kinzie)
312-291-9057
[email protected]altitudechicago.com

Structured activities, open jump, Team building skills and Arts & Crafts, Open enrollment and drop-in for flexibility!

Age: 5-15

Dates/Themes:  June 12, 2023 through August 28, 2023

Hours: Half-Day 9:00am-12pm, 12:30pm-3:30pm, Full-Day

Discount: Member, Sibling and Full Week discounts! 

Art In The Park & Summer Art Camp at The Paintbrush

Lincoln Park, Chicago (Art in the Park) & 2446 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614 (Summer ART Camp)
773-636-1968
[email protected]

Art In The Park: Meet in designated locations in Lincoln Park (between Fullerton and North Avenue) to discover, observe, draw and paint the beautiful artistic aspects of our city from animals to architecture, flora and fauna. It’s the ART program that takes your kids out in the world to discover art in our neighborhood park. Fee includes backpack, t-shirt and all supplies.
 
Summer ART Camp at The Paintbrush: For ART-loving kids ages 4-10. Explore ART through a variety of approaches including drawing, painting, ARTist inspired projects, games, weekly tie dye and slime, and more! Fee includes t-shirt.
 

Age: Art In The Park (Ages 5-11), Summer ART Camp at The Paintbrush (Ages 4-10)

Dates/Themes:  Art In The Park: Tuesday-Thursday,  June 20-22, June 27-29, July 25-27, August 1-3, August 8-10, August 29-31; Summer ART Camp at The Paintbrush: Monday-Friday, June 12-17, July 10-14, July 25-29, August 14-18, August 21-25                                                                                                  

Hours: Art In The Park: 3:45-5:15; Summer ART Camp at The Paintbrush: 10:00-2:30

Bennett Day Camp

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

Ready to make the most of summer? Bennett Day Camp’s registration is now open for 2023! In addition to the day camp everyone has come to know and love, they have academic and specialty camps like Wild About Writing!, Bennett Ballers, Young Architects, Woodworking & Inventing, and more! View all offerings in their Summer 2023 Camp Guide.
 

Camp Highlights:

  • Every week of day camp includes STEM, art, and movement activities that cover a broad range of interests.
  • The city is their playground! Campers will go on age-appropriate field trips that expose them to cool architecture, local neighborhoods, and different cultures.
  • The full-day camp is held Monday through Friday, with morning and after care available.
  • Bennett prides itself on being flexible. Their refund policy allows families to receive a full refund up until the first day of camp.
Camp Mission: 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.
 
Age: 4-16
 
Dates/Themes:
    • Weekly from June 20-August 4: Bennett Day Camp for Ages 4-10
    • June 20-23: Bennett Ballers (Kindergarten-1st Grade)
    • June 20-30: Wild About Reading! w/ Connections Academics (Kindergarten-2nd Grade)
    • June 26-30: Woodworking & Inventing in the Maker Space (5th-8th Grade)
    • July 5-7: Volunteer Week (5th-8th Grade)
    • July 10-14: Chicago Explorers (5th-8th Grade)
    • July 10-21: Wild About STEM! w/ Connections Academics (3rd-5th Grade)
    • July 10-21: Wild About Writing! w/ Connections Academics (2nd-5th Grade)
    • July 17-21: Bennett Ballers (2nd-4th Grade)
    • July 17-21: Young Architects (5th-8th Grade)
    • July 24-28: Sports Adventures (5th-8th Grade)
    • July 26-August 7: Wild About Books! w/ Connections Academics (2nd-3rd Grade)
    • July 31-August 4: Improv w/ Knuckleball Comedy (1st-4th Grade)
    • July 31-August 4: Improv w/ Knuckleball Comedy (5th-8th Grade)

View camp descriptions in their Summer 2023 Camp Guide

Hours: Full Day Camp from 8:45 am – 3:00 pm (extended hours are available)

Discounts: 10% off for siblings

 

Cervantes Kids – Spanish Camps

31 W Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60654
312-335-1996
[email protected]

The 2023 Instituto Cervantes Summer Camps program is designed to provide children and teens of different ages the opportunity to learn Spanish in a rich, stimulating, and motivating environment that fosters enjoyment and curiosity. Students learn Spanish in a safe environment where they feel comfortable and free to participate actively. Students are nurtured and encouraged to communicate in Spanish while working in collaborative groups that promote cooperation, group effort, and authentic communication. All program activities are age-appropriate, adapting language instruction and tasks to the needs and interests of the students. Our teachers are all fully qualified and trained native-Spanish speakers. We welcome children & teenagers from 4 to 16, who are placed in appropriate classes according to their Spanish proficiency. Teens will get a boost of confidence with a view to passing the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam. Join our Spanish courses, where you will meet new friends, have fun, and enjoy learning Spanish!

Spring & Summer Camps 5 (Mon-Fri) 4-hour classes for children from Pre-K to 5th grade

ON-SITE CHILDREN’S CAMPS Ten 1.5-hour on-site classes for $260 From Pre-K to 5th grade. The maximum class size is 12. Students must enroll in the level corresponding to their school year in the 2022/23 academic year. This form must be completed once every academic year for each child attending Instituto Cervantes Chicago.

Age: 4-16 years (students are grouped depending on their age)

Dates/Themes: The camps will run every week from June to August

Hours: Monday-Friday (9 AM – 1 PM)

 

Chicago Children’s Theatre Camps (West Loop)

100 S. Racine
312-374-8828
[email protected]org ​

Each Summer, Chicago Children’s Theatre offers a variety of 1 and 2-week camps for children ages 4 – 14. Students will learn the basics of acting, songwriting, scenic and prop design, choreography, and collaborative story development as they work together to create dynamic performances for friends and family. Most performances for camps culminate on the final day of camp at 4pm in our Pritzker Family Studio. More information will be sent out closer to camp. Financial Aid available!
 
Age: 4-14
 
Dates/Themes:                                                                                                             
School’s Out Mashup Camp
For rising grades 2-5
Runs June 8 – 9 | Thursday-Friday, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Free before-care from 8:30-9:30AM, free after-care from 4:00-5:30PM
 
Story Explorers: Our City
For ages 4-6
Runs June 26-30 | Monday-Friday, 9::00-12:00PM
 
Story Explorers: Blast Off!
For Ages 4-6
Runs July 3 – 7 (No Class July 4)
Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-12:00PM
 
Musical Theatre Adventures: Bigfoot in the Big City
For rising grades 4-8
Runs July 10 – 21 | Monday-Friday, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Free Before-Care from 8:30-9:30AM, free After-Care from 4:00-5:30PM
 
KIDPROV
For rising grades 1-2
Runs July 17 – 21 | Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-3:30PM
Free before care from 8:30-9:00 and free after care from 3:30-5:00
 
Camp Red Kite 2023 (designed for youth on the autism spectrum)
Ages 8-22
Runs July 24 – August 11 | Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-12:15PM
 
The Future is Funny
For rising grades 5-9
Runs July 24 – 28 | Monday-Friday, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Free After-Care from 4:00-5:30PM
 
Our Stories, Our Voices: Teen Devising Intensive
For rising grades 6-10
Runs July 31 – August 11 | Monday-Friday, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Free after care from 4:00-5:30PM

Wild About Learning Camp by Connections Academics

Bennett Day School, 955 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 248-3043
[email protected]

Our Academic-focused camps are fun, engaging AND educational. Students will experience a half day of camp with interactive lessons, outdoor play and hands-on activities in a subject of their choice. Our goal is to remind students that learning through the summer can be exciting. Help your student prevent the “summer slide” by sharpening their skills! Camps are taught by licensed teachers from the Connections Academics Tutoring team and include take-home projects and materials.
 
Age: Grades Rising Kindergarten – Rising 5th Grade 
 
Dates/Themes:

6/20 – 6/30: Wild About Reading! ($525 per week) An Orton-Gillingham Reading Camp for Grades Rising Kindergarten to Rising 2nd.

7/10 – 7/21: Wild About STEM! ($475 per week) A Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology Project Based Camp for Grades Rising 3rd to Rising 5th.

7/10 – 7/21: Wild About Writing! ($475 per week) A Writing Enrichment Camp for Grades Rising 2nd to Rising 5th.

7/24 – 8/10: Wild About Books! ($475 per week) A Chapter Book Exploration Camp for Grades Rising 2nd and Rising 3rd.

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Hours: 9:00am-12:00pm

Discounts: Reach out to Anna at [email protected] for a 10% off code! 

 

Fit City Kids Summer Camp

2540 W Lawrence Ave Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 998-7300
[email protected]

Summer camp 2023 registration is HERE! Flexible daily enrollment for our action packed 13 week program has never been easier.  Each week has it’s own special theme and each day campers will make unforgettable memories as they are led by our outstanding counselors through their daily activities: Sports, Fitness ,STEM, and quiet time.
 
Age: 4-12
 
Dates/Themes:

Week 1 6/5-6/9 Animal Kingdom

Week 2 6/12-6/16 Carnival

Week 3 6/19-6/23 Heroes and Villains

Week 4 6/26-6/30 DinoLand

Week 5 7/5-7/7 Fit City’s Got Talent

Week 6 7/10-7/14 Unsolved Mysteries

Week 7 7/17-7/21 Magical Waters

Week 8 7/24-7/28 Summer Olympics 

Week 9 7/31-8/4 Game Show Greats

Week 10 8/7-8/11 Space Exploration

Week 11 8/14-8/18 Summer Celebration

Week 12 8/21-8/25 Creative Creations

Week 13 8/28-9/1 Wonders of the World

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Hours: 7:30-8:30AM, 8:30AM-3:00PM, 3:00PM-6:00PM

Discounts: 10% sibling discount

 

Hi-Five Sports Camp Chicago

2641 W Harrison St. Chicago, IL 60612
312-226-6555
[email protected]

Hi-Five Sports Camp is back for our 23rd summer in the city! Hi-Five is a sports camp offering a full menu of team sports designed for kids from Pre-K (4 years old) to 8th 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 comradery. A camp that is as encouraging as it is challenging. As safe as it is high-energy. And as instructional as it is fun. We are a full-service day camp that offers a delicious hot lunch program, swim instruction, to-and-from bus transportation and field trips too! At Hi-Five, FUN is the name of the game!

Age: 4-13

Dates/Themes: June 20 – August 11 (8 Weeks)

Hours: 9 AM – 3 PM (AfterCamp care available until 5:30 PM)

Discount: Yes. Parents can use code LPAM23 to get up to $350 off!

JCC Apachi Day Camp – Irving Park

3730 N California Ave.
847-763-3504

Apachi Irving Park is the perfect place to begin your Apachi Day Camp journey diving into an array of activities of art, music, dance, sports, drama, swimming, science/nature and so much more!

And, of course, each week is filled with endless moments of Apachi magic including theme days, Shabbat celebrations, guest entertainers and more.

Our campus features an imaginative outdoor playground, basketball court, a large sports field, gymnasium, and indoor space for use in case of inclement weather. The playground includes garden beds, an outdoor stage, climbing zone, saucer swings, rain garden, messy materials play area, a pergola and so much more!

Age: 3 years – 4th grade + Counselor in Training 8th-10th Grade 

Dates:

Full Summer  |  7 Weeks  |  June 20-August 4
Session 1  |  4 Weeks  |  June 20-July 14
Session 2  |  3 Weeks | July 17-August 4

Camp Hours:
Full Day  |  9:30am-3:15pm
Before care begins at 8:15am
After care ends at 5:30pm

Camp is closed June 19, July 3, 4

JCC Apachi Day Camp – Northside

5501 N Kedzie Ave.
847-763-3504

Apachi Northside encourages campers to celebrate what makes them truly special. Through sports, art, swimming, science and theater, campers discover new ways to express themselves, create friendships and try new things. As campers get older, our program grows with them providing more opportunities for choice and leadership development. Each week is highlighted by special theme days and exciting guest entertainers, which enhance opportunities for community building and indescribable fun.

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

Dates:

Full Summer  |  7 Weeks  |  June 20-August 4
Session 1  |  4 Weeks  |  June 20-July 14
Session 2  |  3 Weeks  |  July 17-August 4

Camp Hours  |  9:30am – 3:15pm

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

Camp is closed June 19, July 3, 4

JCC Apachi Day Camp – Hyde Park

6410 S Dante Ave.
847-763-3504

Our location is just steps from Lake Michigan’s shimmering shoreline in the Hyde Park neighborhood and provides a large campus with lots of outdoor space.

Campers will swim every day on site and have access to larger, attached sports fields, in addition to a full-size gymnasium and other indoor, air-conditioned spaces. Arts and crafts, drama, improv and music make Apachi Hyde Park THE place to be for so much summer fun.

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

Dates:

Full Summer  |  7 Weeks  |  June 20-August 4
Session 1  |  4 Weeks  |  June 20-July 14
Session 2  |  3 Weeks  |  July 17-August 4

Camp Hours  |  9:30am-3:15pm

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

Camp is closed June 19, July 3, 4

JCC Apachi Day Camp – Old Town

1034 N. Wells Street
847-763-3504

Apachi Old Town encourages campers to celebrate what makes them truly special. Through sports, art, swimming, science and theater, campers discover new ways to express themselves, create friendships and try new things. As campers get older, our program grows with them providing more opportunities for choice and leadership development. Each week is highlighted by special theme days and exciting guest entertainers, which enhance opportunities for community building and indescribable fun.

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

Dates:

Full Summer  |  7 Weeks  |  June 20-August 4
Session 1  |  4 Weeks  |  June 20-July 14
Session 2  |  3 Weeks  |  July 17-August 4

Camp Hours  |  9:30am – 3:15pm

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

Camp is closed June 19, July 3, 4

JCC Apachi Day Camp – Rogers Park

3003 W. Touhy 
773-516-5853

As a Jewish Orthodox camp, summer at the J has a strong emphasis on a torah-rich environment, which is combined with daily camp fun. We also prioritize camper care and every camper’s social emotional growth is supported as they navigate relationships and form friendships, gain independence and build confidence.

The J prides itself on giving campers the opportunity to discover their personal passions through innovative chugim (choice-based specialties). In addition, our wide variety of activities, including Judaic learning, daily davening, arts & crafts, sports & games, archery, plus Color Wars and theme days make each week special.

You may not see it from our front doors, but venture out back and you’ll discover a gorgeous, expansive green athletic field with two baseball diamonds, shaded areas, a rock climbing wall, an archery range, two playgrounds and a large tent at the center of the campus. Plus, an indoor heated swimming pool and indoor air-conditioned spaces make this the perfect backdrop for campers to create friendships and memories that last a lifetime.

Learn more about the J’s Village camp program, specifically designed for preschoolers ages 2-4.

Age: 2yrs – 7th grade + Counselor in Training 8th-10th Grade 

2023 Dates & Times

Full Summer  |  7 Weeks  |  June 22-August 11
Session 1  |  4 Weeks  |  June 22-July 21
Session 2  |  3 Weeks  |  July 24-August 11

Camp Hours  |  9:30am – 3:30pm

Camp is closed July 3, 4, 27

Jen’s Camp

2625 N Orchard St., Chicago, IL, 60614 (Alcott Elementary School)
773-234-1323 or click here to schedule a 15 minute call
[email protected]

Jen’s Camp is designed for kids and families!   We focus on freedom within a framework.  Our goal?  Make the entire experience from registering to day to day camp easy on the families and provide the kids with great activities and choices in an environment where they feel safe, supported and thrive.
 
We offer 10+ hours of coverage for no additional fee.  Our fee is inclusive and covers morning and afternoon snacks, lunch and there are no extra registration steps for certain activities or programs, no before or aftercare needed, campers have access to all activities and programs during the hours they’re at camp. We never leave campus so caregivers can drop off and pick up their campers whenever it is best for them within our hours of operation.   We offer summer registration by the half day, full day, week or full summer (8 weeks). Spring Break registration is by the day or week. Registration is open!
 

Age: 5-12

Dates/Themes: Spring Break:  M-F April 3-7 + Summer: M-F, June 12 – August 4 (no camp Tuesday, July 4)

Week 1 – Intergalactic Planetary

Week 2 – Summerween (Halloween in Summer)

Week 3 – Music

Week 4 – Travel/Explorer

Week 5 – Animals

Week 6 – Nature

Week 7 – Kindness (self-care too)

Week 8 – Earth – Going Green!

Caregivers do not need to prepare anything for these themes – we have everything onsite that the campers need   – isn’t that a breath of fresh air?

Themes are woven into our activities and our specials.

Hours: Spring Break Hours:  7:45a – 5:45p, Summer Hours: 7:30a – 6p

Discount: Refer a New (to us) Family to Receive a $50 Credit* for the 1st Camper, an Additional $100 for the 2nd and + $50 Every Additional, Click Here to Learn More

Kidcreate Studio Art Camps

3709 N Southport Avenue
773-360-8760
[email protected]

Say goodbye to the boredom blues with Kidcreate Studio’s art camps! We offer camp programs for those kids who are not in school, camps during the school breaks, and of course camps specialized for the summer months that will thrill your child, boost confidence, encourage creativity and keep them occupied with high-quality activities!

Age: 3-10

Dates/Themes: 5/30-9/1. Themes include Slime-Tastic, Illumination, Pet Shop, STEAM-sational and more!

Hours: Varies, morning, afternoon and full day are offered

Discount: Sibling discount 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)’s Summer Arts Camps 

36 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60603
312-629-6170
[email protected]

SAIC’s Children’s Multi-Arts Camps (ages 6-9) and Middle School Program (ages 10-13), held on our state-of-the-art campus in Chicago’s loop, offer course subjects and resources not available to young artists and creators anywhere else in the world, and include daily visits to the Art Institute of Chicago museum. Kids learn to discover, explore, and imagine in their own unique ways, experimenting with a variety of art materials and methods that encourage the development of creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Each class has a new theme so students can enroll in multiple sessions. Course subjects include Animation, Architecture, Comics, Painting, Sustainable Practices, Video Game Design, World-Building Camp, and more. Learn more and register at saic.edu/cs!

Age: 6-13

Dates/Themes: 

Courses start in June, July and August.

Children’s Multi-Arts Camp 2023 Session Dates:

1-Week: June 26–30, M–F, 9–4
1-Week: July 10–14, M–F, 9–4
2-Weeks: July 17–28, M–F, 9–4
2-Weeks: July 31–August 11, M–F, 9–4

Middle School Program (Ages 10-13) 2023 Session Dates:

1-Week Session: June 26-30, M-F, 9-4
1-Week Session: July 10-14, M-F, 9-4
2-Week Session: July 17-28, M-F, 9-4
2-Week Session: July 31–August 11, M-F, 9-4

Family Camp (Ages 4-10 with Adult) 2023 Session Dates:

1-Week: July 31–August 4, M–F, 9–12
1-Week: July 31–August 4, M–F, 1–4

Hours: M-F, 9 am – 4 p.m.

Discount: Financial Aid and Scholarships are available.

Skyline Children’s Theater Broadway Summer Camp

Lincoln Park: Greenhouse Theater Center located at 2257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Andersonville: First Free Church Family Life Center located at 5255 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60640. 

Ravenswood: Dovetail Studios located at 2853 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 

(773) 234-7688
[email protected]

Skyline’s Chicago Broadway Summer Camps offer a fun and fulfilling musical theatre experience for ages 5-14. From an exciting first day of getting to know a show, to an exhilarating final performance, an experienced Skyline teaching artist will guide each cast to create a fully-staged musical. Every actor will be assigned a named role and have a chance to shine onstage as they learn to work together and fall in love with performing. Days will be packed with singing, acting, and dancing rehearsals, creative drama activities, team-building, and fun in the sun! With multiple locations, age levels, camp lengths, and show titles, new and experienced young actors can enjoy the best of Broadway for one week or all summer long. Register now for a fabulous summer of Broadway Camp!
 
Age: 5-14
Juniors (ages 5-7) 1 week camps
Highlights (ages 8-12) 1 week camps
Stars (ages 9-13) 2 week camps
Performers (ages 10-14) 4 week camps
 
Dates/Themes:
6/5-6/9 Audition workshops
6/12-6/16 Wizard of Oz
6/12-6/23 (6/19 off) Camp Rock
6/20-6/23 (6/19 off) High School Musical
6/20-7/14 (6/19 & 7/4 off) Matilda
6/26-6/30 Madagascar
6/26-7/7 (7/4 off) High School Musical 2
7/3-7/7 (7/4 off) Annie
7/10-7/14 Mary Poppins
7/10-7/21 Camp Rock
7/17-7/21 Lion King
7/17-8/11 Matilda
7/24-7/28 Shrek the Musical
7/24-8/4 High School Musical 2
7/31-8/4 Jungle Book
8/7-8/11 Frozen
8/7-8/18 Camp Rock
8/14-8/18 Descendants
8/21-8/25 Disney Showcase
 
Hours: 9am-3pm for under age 5-7 years (Juniors level), 9am-4pm for all other camps (Highlights, Stars, Performers)
 
Discounts: Early Bird 10% off all registrations through Tuesday 2/14. Second (third, etc.) siblings are eligible for 10% Sibling Discount after a first sibling is registered at full price. Discounts may not be combined.

 

 

Summer Camp at Harmony 

725 W Wrightwood Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
773-633-1764
[email protected]

Harmony Summer Camp is offered in 1-week sessions centered around themes that fit academic and STEAM interests including: art projects, science experiments, music, dance, cooking and open play activities.
 
We give children the attention they deserve through our unique, boutique, Montessori-inspired program. Our low staff-to-child ratio provide children with the freedom to move at their own pace and engage in hands-on learning! Students will participate in outdoor play and group games at area parks: Park West Playground and Weisman’s Park Water Playground. Field trips within walking distance of the center will be on Thursdays. Field trips include: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Oui Chef
 
Age: 5-10 years
 
Dates/Themes: 
8 weeks with a variety of themes
Week 1: June 12-16 Mixed Media Art
Week 2: June 20-23 Science & History
Week 3: June 26-30 Gardening & Cooking
No Camp: July 3-7
Week 4: July 10-14 Mixed Media Art II
Week 5: July 17-21 Science & History II
Week 6: July 24-28 Reading & Chocolate
Week 7: July 31, August 1-4 Pizza & Performance Arts
 
Additional Camps in partnership with Connections Academics
Week 8: August 7-11 Skill Sharpener Camp
Week 8: August 14-18 Skill Sharpener Camp
 
Hours: 8am-4pm with option to extend to 5pm
 
Discount: 10% Sibling Discount 

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