10 Can't-Miss, In-Person and Virtual STEM Summer Camps near Chicago

Work on STEM skills with a fun summer camp in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Camp Invention
Work on STEM skills with a fun summer camp in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Camp Invention

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.

Still not quite ready for in-person camps? There are a few virtul options available for those who want to gain new STEM skills from the comfort of their own home. Get ready to launch a fantastic summer with this variety of fun and unique STEM camps. And for more summer camps near Chicago, check out our Chicago Summer Camp Guide, or our directory of summer camps in Chicago.

Editor's Note: Summer camp information for the 2022 season is changing daily and camps are filling up fast. We have not included any camps that were completely sold out at the time of publication. Please click the links to the individual camps for the most up-to-date information.

Places featured in this article:


Kids Science Labs - Northbrook

Kids Science Labs - Wheaton

Kids Science Labs - Roscoe Village

Camp Invention In-Person Programs

Newberry Math & Science Academy

Sager Solomon Schechter Day

iD Tech at NYU - Washington Square

iD Tech at Marymount Manhattan College

iD Tech Virtual Tech Camps
Art on the Mart
Merchandise Mart - 8:30 PM Pick
Online Guitar Lessons for Kids
Virtual - various times
Online Art Lessons for Kids
Virtual - various times
Online Piano Lessons for Kids
Virtual - various times
5th-6th Grade Virtual Art Classes
online (Zoom) - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides