Summer Camps

Getting schedules organized for the summer can seem like putting together a patchwork quilt and hoping all the pieces fit into place. This list of local resources can help ensure that you have a workable plan for summer care.

Need additional resources? Contact the Northwestern resource & referral specialist through Illinois Action for Children at (773)-356-8135.

Summer Camps at Northwestern

Center for Talent Development  Life-changing residential and commuter programs providing challenging enrichment, honors and Advanced Placement® courses taught in a highly supportive environment. From early childhood through elementary, middle and high school, Center for Talent Development (CTD) gifted summer programs encourage gifted kids to explore academic areas of interest and connect with a community of peers.

ID Tech Camps At our Northwestern camps, near the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, kids and teens build valuable STEM skills in an inspiring, collegiate setting. Students experience personalized learning with a maximum of 8 students per instructor and use the best brand name products from industry leaders like Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Google, and Microsoft. Kick-start your dream job and gain a competitive edge for college!

Northwestern Sport-Specific Camps Run by many of the top intercollegiate coaches in the country, sports camps held at Northwestern University provide a fun and exciting learning environment for youth of all ages. Many coaches offer a variety of camps including team, residential and daily commuter camps. Campers who attend sports camps at Northwestern have the opportunity to learn more about their sport, improve skills and receive guidance from coaches and student athletes alike. Day programs for youth of all ages.

Wildcat Sports Camps Wildcat Sports Camp has been a Chicagoland tradition since 1939 and continues its success as one of the best quality multi-sports day camps on the North Shore.  When children are offered fun, exciting and challenging fitness experiences, they discover and learn to appreciate the many pleasures of being active and fit throughout life. Wildcat Sports Camp is administered through the Northwestern University Department of Athletics and Recreation.

Summer Camps in Evanston and Neighboring Suburbs

Baker Demonstration School Summer Discovery Camp (Day programs, Pre-K through 8th grade)

Chicago Botanic Garden Camp CBG (Day programs, ages 6 months through 15 years)

City of Evanston Summer Camp Magazine 2018 (Day programs, pre-K through age 16; programs for youth with special needs available)

Good Times Day Camp (Day programs,  ages 3* through 14 years)

Little Beans Cafe Camps (Day programs, ages 3 through 9 years)

McGaw YMCA Summer Programs (Day programs, 1st grade through 6th grade; Overnight programs, 3rd grade through 11th grade)

North Shore Country Day School Summer Programs (Day Programs, ages 3 through 13)

Pope John XXIII School (Day programs, ages Pre-K through 5th)

Roycemore School Summer Programs (Day programs ages 3 through 12)

Skokie Park District Summer Camps (Day programs, ages 3 through teen)

The Actors Gymnasium (Day programs, ages 9 through 15)

Summer Camps in the City of Chicago

Adler Planetarium Summer Camps (Day programs, ages 3 through 16)

British International School of Chicago (Day programs, ages 2 through 11)

Brookfield Zoo Summer Camps (Day programs, ages 4 through 8th grade)

Chicago Park District (Day programs, all ages)

The Field Museum - Summer Worlds Tour (Day programs, grades K-5)

JCC Camps (Day and overnight programs,  multiple ages)

Lakefront Children’s Academy Camp (Day programs, ages 2 through 8)

Latin School Day Camps (Day programs, ages  3 through 14)

F.W. Parker Summer Programs (Day programs, grades JK through 12th grade)

Additional Summer Camp Resources

Galileo Camps (Chicago and Winnetka)

Steve and Kate's Camp (Chicago and Evanston)

Kids' Science Labs (Chicago and Naperville)

YMCA Camps (Chicago)

Oasis Summer Day Camp (Winnetka and Highland Park)

Kids Playing Camp (on Northeastern Illinois University’s campus)

For more information, contact the Office of Work/Life & Family Resources.

The Northwestern University Office of Work/Life & Family Resources does not endorse or recommend any particular summer camp. school or child care center and encourages all parents to carefully evaluate any provider they are considering for their child.