Hot List: Amazing 2019 Summer Camps

Posted: February 22, 2019

ChicagoKids.com 2019 Hot Summer Camps

The ChicagoKids.com 2019 Camp Guide lets you find the perfect camp for your little ones this summer. Our Camp Guide is organized by different types of camps, including art camps, dance camps, music camps, STEM and science/technology camps, cooking camps, theater camps, sports camps and more! Below are highlights of some of the featured camps you'll find in this year's Camp Guide.

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Summer Camps at the Adler Planetarium
Your campers won't ride any horses or capture any flags at the Adler, but they will have the whole Universe at their fingertips. With tools like telescopes, programmable robots, and high-altitude balloons - and new friends around every corner - Adler summer campers share adventures of cosmic proportions. The Adler Planetarium offers a variety of unique summer day-camp experiences for campers entering preschool through 10th grade. Young space and technology enthusiasts can use their imaginations, get creative, and explore their Universe together just like scientists do!

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Camp Explorations at Bright Horizons
Finding the right summer child care can be tricky. At Bright Horizons our summer program not only features action-packed, weekly sessions to keep your child engaged, but offers flexible scheduling options and convenient hours for your family. Our teachers develop an exciting curriculum that uses surrounding communities and special visitors as an extension of the program. Children will explore nature, experiment with science, and engage in the creative arts, all while learning about the world around them. We are currently accepting Summer Camp registrations. Whether you need care all summer, or just a few weeks, our summer sessions accommodate your family's needs while taking advantage of all that summer has to offer.

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YMCA Camp Benson
Located in northwestern Illinois, YMCA Camp Benson is an overnight summer camp FOR ALL. YCB's mission is to build stronger campers by providing opportunities in the outdoors for personal growth and character development. This is accomplished through innovative adventure programming that is focused on helping campers develop life skills and by employing rock-star role models that are dedicated to creating an inclusive camp community. In essence, our aim is to provide a high quality, transformational camping experience for all of our campers while allowing them to unplug and connect with the natural world and the people around them. Turns out, it is also a ton of fun. We offer overnight camping programs for campers in 1st-12th grade.

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Emerald City Theatre - Lakeview - Lincoln Park - Lincoln Square
Emerald City Theatre offers world-class summer camps for ages 3.5 - 15! 2019 titles include Descendants, Pete the Cat, Hamilton, Matilda, Mean Girls: The Musical, and more! Join us for a summer of creative play, singing, and dancing that is tailored to the budding actor! Creative drama activities expand life skills while focusing on teamwork and confidence; Improved literacy and communication skills through line and song memorization; Introductory theater games for our youngest campers and attention to technique for our older campers. Each camp ends with a final performance for family and friends. "What an AMAZING two weeks my daughter had! She wished it would never end!" - Summer Camp Parent

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GTA Photography Summer Camps
5 New Programs For 10 Years! Get ready to introduce a new photographer to your home! Give your child the best summer ever here at GTA Photography Camps! We offer a unique and interactive experience through our DAILY FIELD TRIPS, hands-on photography activities, and more. From throwing water balloons to practice freezing motion by controlling shutter speeds, to painting with light in a dark room by using long exposure techniques, we make photography fun! Our instructors are all professional photographers who have won various awards and published all around the world. Most importantly, WE HAVE FUN! "I'm not even excited for Friday. I just want this week to go on forever." - Miran | GTA Photography Camper (2018)

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iD Tech held at Loyola, GEMS, Northwestern
iD Tech is the world leader in summer STEM education, with over 400,000 alumni since 1999. Programs for ages 7-19 are held at 150 prestigious campuses including Loyola University, GEMS World Academy, Northwestern, Stanford, and NYU. Students build in-demand skills for futures in coding, game development, robotics, and design, and learn in guaranteed small classes (10 students max per instructor). In addition to the flagship program, iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17, iD Tech also offers all-girls camps, teen-only Academies, an advanced capstone program, and year-round Online Private Lessons. Learn more at iDTech.com.

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Lookingglass Summer Camps
Get curious with Lookingglass this summer! Arts Quest (Grades K-3) and Summergglass (Grades 4-8) camps explore the same artistic process seen on our main stage. Tumble down the rabbit hole in to the world of theatre with professional artists dedicated to inspiring curiosity and collaboration in an ensemble setting. Students of all skill levels create and adapt stories while developing the actor's tools (body, mind, and voice), leaving them changed, charged, and empowered. Our theatre camps invite children to create a world beyond imagination, working collaboratively to invent and transform stories. From Alice in Wonderland to the high seas of The Odyssey, each two-week session ends with a performance live on stage!

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YMCA Summer Day Camp
Our American Camp Association accredited camps allow your child to learn new skills, discover talents, build self-esteem and develop friendships and confidence that will help them grow and succeed throughout their lives. Staff will lead your child through specially designed, unique activities that will build their self-esteem, teach them responsibility, develop their interpersonal skills and encourage habits that promote a healthy lifestyle - all the while creating their own "Y story" filled with fun and friends. The YMCA of Metro Chicago offers summer day camps in several YMCA locations across the Chicago area. Visit our website to find a location near you.

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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Camp
The outdoor-play, muddy hands, expanding minds, nature and science summer camp! Nature Museum Summer Camps immerse children into the wonderful world of nature and science. Campers will develop their critical thinking and social skills by spending fun-filled days inside and outside the Nature Museum. They will participate in hands-on exploration including science and art projects, nature play, animal encounters, and so much more. Developed and led by Nature Museum educators, our camp curriculum fosters social and science skills while cultivating a love of nature and learning. Nature Museum Summer Camps are offered in four, two-week sessions designed for children ages 4 through 11. Experience Chicago's nature camp. Register early to secure our best rates!

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Art Camps at One River School of Art+Design
2 locations to choose from! Lincoln Square: 4625 N. Lincoln Ave. Evanston: 1033 Davis St. At One River, every single camper will create a concept for their own project, receive support and guidance from the instructor, and have finished original work to exhibit at the end of the week. It is our goal that every camper leaves One River with art they are proud of, new friends and memories, and increased confidence in their artistic abilities. Summer Camp Early Bird Registration Discount! Register by April 1 for 20% off! Use code "summer2019"
To learn more about our camps, check out our camps online.

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Train Like A Pro At Summer Camp at Porchlight Music Theatre!
Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre offers an exciting opportunity for the budding Broadway star. During Porchlight's two week program, participants enter the world of music, drama, dance, writing, and more while practicing teamwork, challenging themselves, and, of course, having tons of fun as they create a BRAND NEW MUSICAL! Your child will explore the craft of creating a musical production through collaborative games and stimulating activities and will be guided through the exciting process of making a new musical from backstage to center stage! The class ends with a grand finale performance on a professional stage for family and friends!

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Summer Music Camps at School of Rock Arlington Heights
With camp choices for all ages and skill levels, School of Rock is the perfect summer activity for your child. Our summer music camps are performance-based, meaning students learn to play by rehearsing and performing together in a fun environment. From Beginner camps to Songwriting and Themed Camps, we offer a wide-variety of options to ensure your child has an amazing immersive musical experience. Sign up your child now and watch them become a musician this summer.

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TinkRworks Summer Camp 2019
Are you ready for hands-on STEAM summer experience? TinkRworks, an innovative provider of exceptional STEAM experiences is super excited to start another season of fun learning for k-12 students. TinkRworks offers a wide choice of nearly 20 different STEAM projects in over 9 different locations across Western and Northern Chicagoland suburbs. Students can build and fly high-tech drones, design and program robots, assemble and launch rockets, code their own apps, make magic portions, solve a mystery CSI style and so much more! The best part, whatever the students make, they get to take home to show their family and friends!

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Summer Camps | West Loop Soccer Club
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. We offer weekly camps for boys and girls ages 5-14, with half-day and full-day options from 9am-12pm or 9am-4pm. Included in camp fee is also Extended care starting at 8:30am and ending at 5pm.

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Kidstreet Summer Art Camps
Young artists learn to create fearlessly at Lillstreet Art Center as they explore a variety of media including painting, comics, movie making, photography, pottery, sewing, printmaking, metalsmithing and more! Campers are presented with projects that develop critical thinking skills, enhance creativity and build confidence. Kids and teens are encouraged to discover their own artistic interests while refining technical abilities. The techniques we develop at Lillstreet do not stop here; campers use their new skills artistically, interpersonally and academically for years to come. Sign up in February for $15 off, or in March for $10 off!

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The Kids Table Summer Camp | A Deliciously Fun Summer Experience
Part & Full Day Camps for Kids & Teens | June 10-August 30. Wicker Park & Lakeview locations. Join the cooking fun this summer at The Kids' Table, Chicago's premier Cooking School for Kids & Families. Fill your belly, expand your taste buds, discover new recipes, and pick up some mad kitchen skills. Named one of the 10 Coolest Cooking Camps in America by bon appetit magazine! FULL DAY COOKING CAMPS for kids ages 4-10 in Wicker Park & Lakeview; PART DAY COOKING CAMPS for kids ages 4-7 in Lakeview; FULL DAY FOODIE ADVENTURE CAMPS for kids (ages 7-10) & for teens (11-14) in Lakeview. Visit our website for more info & to register!

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Kids Clay Room - Clay Pottery Camps
Come explore the wonderful medium of Clay! Children will work with wet clay, clay tools and glazes to make fun ceramic pieces from start to finish. Handbuilding Camps are for ages 5 and up and Wheelthrowing for ages 10 and up. Full Day, Half Day and Pick A Day options available.

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TLG Camps: Serious Fun & Flexible Scheduling
More than just gymnastics, our 11 different interactive weekly camp themes help kids continue to fuel their minds and grow their imaginations while exercising their muscles during summer break. Expert instructors fill each 3 hour camp with fitness & fun using gymnastics obstacle courses, group activities, arts & crafts, games, and more. Completely flexible scheduling allows you to book only the days you want & even move around as needed. Purchase by the day or buy a Family Flex Pass to be shared by siblings (ages 3-8) at a discount. Extra early bird discounts will be given for passes purchased in February and March. Help your child beat the heat of summer by staying cool at The Little Gym!

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Summer Programs at North Shore Country Day School
2019 marks the 70th summer of camp programming at North Shore Country Day School. Over the decades the Summer Programs staff have provided children with safe, enriching and fun summer experiences. As we enter our 70th year, our programs continue to build a spirit of adventure, develop friendships and teach teamwork for children ages 3-13. We have a variety of programs and options for families during the summer months.

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Find tons of great 2019 Summer Camp options in our full Camp Guide!