Where kids can take a closer look and learn how things work. Photo courtesy of Camp Invention
Where kids can take a closer look and learn how things work. Photo courtesy of Camp Invention

10 Can't-Miss In-Person and Virtual STEM Summer Camps for Chicago Kids

If architectural model making, video game development, battle bot competitions, 3D printing, and Harry Potter science sound like the makings of your kiddo's perfect summer, you're in luck. Chicago is jam-packed with STEM camps available at local universities, museums, and other nearby centers, offering a wide range of enriching, hands-on programming. And as science, technology, engineering, and math become increasingly important in our tech-centric world, you can give yourself a pat on the back for helping to hook your kid up with skills that will serve them long after their school days.

If you're thinking, "Where do we sign up?," take a look at these much-loved Chicago-based STEM camps—both in-person and online! Still not sure what camp is the best fit for your kids? Learn more about local and virtual summer camps with our upcoming Online Camp Fair. Visit virtual booths and watch live camp demos.

Editor's Note: Summer camp information for the 2021 season is changing daily. Please click the links to the individual camps for the most up-to-date information.

Places featured in this article:


British International School of Chicago, South Loop
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Regina Dominican High School
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Saint Catherine Laboure Catholic
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Kids Science Labs - Lincoln Park

Kids Science Labs - Northbrook

Kids Science Labs - Wheaton

Kids Science Labs - Roscoe Village

Camp Invention At-Home Programs
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Camp Invention In-Person Programs
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Newberry Math & Science Academy

Sager Solomon Schechter Day

Launch Math + Science Centers (UWS-68)
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Launch Math + Science Centers (Tribeca-White St.)
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Launch Math + Science Centers
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iD Tech at NYU - Washington Square
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iD Tech at NYU - 10th Street
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iD Tech at Columbia University
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iD Tech at NYIT - Manhattan
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iD Tech at Marymount Manhattan College
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iD Tech Virtual Tech Camps
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