Summer Camps in Chicago

  • A boat sails on Lake Michigan.
The city of Chicago has a lot going on, including world class museums, esteemed universities and the beauty of Lake Michigan.

Happily, children can take advantage of those resources by signing up for one of the many summer camps available. Whether your child likes to paint, shoot hoops or discover the world around her, there’s something to spark curiosity in every child.

The Art Institute of Chicago

Kids ages 4 through 9 can take advantage of one of the city’s greatest treasures—The Art Institute of Chicago and its Children’s Multi-Arts Camp. Kids will learn to discover, explore and imagine in their own ways, using a variety of art materials and methods that encourage creative thinking and problem-solving skills. The best part? Kids will be inspired by the city around them—and the amazing collection at the museum itself.

University of Chicago Sports Camps

University of Chicago Sports Camps offer the opportunity for kids grades K through 8 to experience the university’s world class facilities, including the $55 million Gerald Ratner Center, the Henry Crown Field House, the Myers-McLoraine Pool, and Stagg Field. Campers will learn and compete in team sports, including basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball, as well as individual sports like tennis and archery.

The Field Museum

Your child can explore the world in a week at the Field Museum’s Summer Worlds Tour. For kids going into grades K through 5, the camp offers four one-week sessions in July that will allow your child to discover the incredible world of dinosaurs at The Field Museum—and also investigate underwater environments at the Shedd Aquarium. Activities include investigating exhibits, hands-on activities, creating original art projects, playing learning games and having lunch along the shore of Lake Michigan.

Windsurfing and Sailing on Lake Michigan

There’s nothing like being on the water on a beautiful summer day—while also learning skills like teamwork and discipline that transfer to life in general. The Northwestern University Sailing Center offers sailing and windsurfing camps for kids ages 9 to 15. Sessions run from early June through early August. There is also an Introduction to Racing Camp for kids ages 12 to 18 and a Little Cats Sailing Camp for kids ages 5 to 8.

Shedd Aquarium

Using Shedd Aquarium as a base, your child will set out to explore someplace new each day through the Summer Road Trip program. At each destination, outdoor activities and environmental investigations are designed to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. Even better? The week ends with a sleepover at the aquarium. Students must be entering sixth through eighth grade to participate, and camps run late June through mid-August.

About Storage Mart

At StorageMart, we’re excited to explore and enjoy the cities we call home, including Chicago and all that it has to offer.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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