2023 Summer Camp Guide

Find Your Summer Fun in Chicago!

By Sara Yaniga, Macaroni KID Chicago February 23, 2023

We have rounded up the best of the best for kids this summer and are honored to share our featured camps below. We continue to add camps and programs for kids of all ages, so be sure to check back regularly.

Featured Chicago Camps

Location: Mount Carmel High School, 6410 S Dante Ave, Chicago 60637
Ages: PreK to 7th Grade / 8th to 10th Grade (CIT)
Days: Monday-Friday
Full-Day: 9:30 AM to 3:15 PM 
Cost: $2405 to $3505

Session 1 | 4 Weeks | June 20-July 14

Session 2 | 3 Weeks | July 17-August 4

Apachi Hyde Park supports campers’ social-emotional growth as they navigate relationships and form friendships, gain independence and build confidence. Campers can try everything from sports, arts & crafts, cooking, drama, and improv. Our theme days are so much fun, and our Shabbat celebrations foster a true sense of community. Our large campus at Mount Carmel High School has open green spaces, on-site swimming, expansive sports fields, a full-size gymnasium, an air-conditioned building, and more. 

Early Registration Discount until 2/28/23

Location: Bobby's Kayaks at Ohio Street Beach, 600 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, 60611
Ages: 9-12 and 13-16 years old
Day/Time: Monday-Friday
Full-Day 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Half-Day 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Cost: $599/$449 (10% sibling discount)

It’s always a beautiful day at Bobby’s Downtown Chicago Adventure Camp! Bobby's Bike Hike brings decades of experience as Chicago’s #1 rated outdoor adventure company to Chicagoland’s youth with our action-packed weekly summer camps. Our core values of travel, community, health, and service are important to us, and we will engage with all four of them as children will have the opportunity to bike, hike, swim, and kayak their way through learning about local history and legendary landmarks from our expertly trained staff.  Downtown Chicago Adventure Camp will run in 11 weekly sessions from June 12 to August 28

Ages: 6 - 14 years
Day/Time: Monday-Friday
Full-Day 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Half-Day 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost: $145 - $465 (Varies By Location/Session)

Chicago Fire FC offers camps on all days off school throughout the year! All camps are led by professional, certified youth coaches. Players will interact with their coach through a small group structure each day as they guide each participant through soccer skills and challenges. Sessions are structured around daily themes that take a closer look at technical soccer skills and holistic soccer concepts.

Chicago Fire FC Programs are the perfect opportunity for girls and boys of all abilities to develop their soccer ability and their love for the game! Working with professional coaches from Chicago Fire FC, our programs focus on technical development and social-emotional learning, to elevate children as both players and people.

All camp participants will receive a ticket to a Chicago Fire FC home game at Soldier Field as part of our reimagined matchday celebration.

Early Bird Registration Ends March 1, 2023

Use code SUMMERCAMP10 to receive a 10% Early Bird Discount!
Offer ends March 15th!

Location: FAME Center, 1319 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Ages: 5-10 (Rising first graders through fourth grade)
Day/Time: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $500 (Financial Aid/Scholarship Available)

Each day campers will participate in 3, one-hour Music, Visual Art, Creative Writing, or Theater classes facilitated by FAME Center teaching staff.  Alongside fine arts classes, FAME Center counselors and campers will fill the rest of their days with their team doing fun, creative group activities, playing games, and spending time outdoors. Classes and activities are subject to change based on enrollment.  

Schedule as follows: 

Session 1: June 12-June 16, 2023 

Session 2: June 19-June 23, 2023

Session 3: July 10-July 14, 2023

Session 4: July 17- July 21, 2023

Session 5: July 24- July 28, 2023

Session 6: July 31- August 4, 2023

How do you make a brand-new play? Work with Filament Theatre’s directors, playwrights, and teaching artists to create new plays and adventures this summer with Filament Camps!

Learn more about Filament Theatre Summer Camps for ages 5 and up HERE

Location:  West Loop & Oak Park
Ages: 3 years to 8th Grade
Day/Time: Monday - Friday
Full-Day 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Half-Day 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Cost: $320 to $625

Summer Day Camp for ages 3 through 8th grade in Chicago's West Loop & Oak Park

Experience all summer has to offer in our unique multicultural, multilingual environment! We have many incredible camps to choose from, including art, science, nature, sports, and more. Each day will be packed with excitement, learning, and fun! Our Early Childhood and Elementary Camps will run from June 12th through August 18th. These camps are staffed by Intercultural teachers, assistants, extended-day teachers, alumni, and summer teachers.

Register Today for Early Bird Discounts!

Location: Kid's Work Riverview, 3429 N California Ave, Chicago 60618
Ages: 3 to 6 years
Day/Time: Monday - Friday
Camp Activities: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Drop Off/Pick Up: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Register by March 31st or for all 3 Sessions for a Discount!

Kids’ Work Chicago Riverview’s summer programs for children 3- 6 years comes with our Camp Kids' Work 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 Kids’ Work’s top rated and exceptionally reliable Kids’ Work 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. 

Register by March 31, 2023 and receive $125 off 

Register for all three sessions and receive a 10% discount

SESSION 1: June 12-June 30 *KWCR closed June 19th 

SESSION 2: July 10-July 28 

SESSION 3: July 31- August 18

Location: Little Kitchen Academy, 1131 W Armitage Ave, Chicago 60614

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Summer offers a bounty of fresh ingredients, and what better time to take advantage of this colourful harvest our summer sessions. By showing them how to create tasty, fresh meals, we are teaching practical skills that will last a lifetime.

Our summer sessions offer children a unique alternative to summer activities, and gets them away from being in front of their screens. Your children will leave our kitchen excited about the ingredients, recipes and foods they have tried, and feel empowered to prepare them at home for the family. Give your children a unique experience for their summer by registering now.

Contact Little Kitchen Academy Chicago directly by E-mailing:

$50 Off Pedalheads Learn to Bike Camps 

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Get your kids riding this summer with Pedalheads learn-to-bike camp!

One of the more unique summer camps you will find, Pedalheads specializes in helping kids get off training wheels and ride on their own – often within one week!

Working with even the most tentative of kids, the focus is on safety, fun, and skills. More than anything, the goal is to build camper confidence and a love of biking. For those with kids already riding on two wheels, Pedalheads offers advanced levels that focus on road riding skills and safety.

Location: Lincoln Park (Drucker Center) and Soul City (West Loop)
Ages: Preschool to 8th Grade
Day/Time: Monday - Friday
Full-Day 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Half-Day 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost: $375/$595 (
early bird & sibling discounts available)

What do you get when you combine the magic of Broadway with the fun and freedom of Summer? The ultimate Summer Camp experience! Summer at Stages' week-long musical theater camps are inspired by hit Broadway shows and Movie Musicals. We combine the magic of musical theater with the fun and freedom of summer to help campers develop the skills every performer needs to perform on a Broadway Stage! Campers will spend the week singing, dancing, acting, and rehearsing for their Final Performance which will take place on the last day of camp! Don’t worry – it’s not all work and no play here at Stages! We take advantage of the fun and freedom of summer, ensuring campers have time outside each day and free play (and rest).

Mini Camp (ages 3 & 4 yr) - Weekly themed sessions run May 30 through August 25

Half Day Camp (ages 3.5 - 5 yr) - Weekly themed sessions run June 12 through August 18

Full Day Camp (Kindergarten - 8th grade) - Weekly themed sessions run June 12 through August 18

Check Out More Camp Options Here
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Get Camp Ready with this Great Discount on Personalized Labels!

$20 for $40 Worth of Personalized Laminated Labels 
Custom name labels that stick to just about everything - Perfect for school, daycare, camp & more!

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It's not too late to list your summer camp in this guide! 

Thousands of families in Chicago, from Lincoln Park to Hyde Park, use Macaroni Kid as their go-to guide for finding family fun - don't let them miss out on your summer camp! 

Contact to get your camp listed TODAY!