YMCA Camps Chicago. Photo courtesy of the YMCA of Chicago
YMCA Camps Chicago. Photo courtesy of the YMCA of Chicago

20+ Top Chicago Summer Day Camps for 2021

Summer is just around the corner, which means it's time to find a great summer camp for your kids. This year, many camps are still a little cautious in reopening, and those that are open and in-person are limited in how many campers can be accommodated. With cooped-up kids ready to take flight (and stressed-out parents ready to concentrate on work for a full day again), camp is extra important this summer. With that in mind, we have rounded up the best day camps that are holding all-day camps for kids of all ages. These camps offer a range of activities, and whether your kids are into sports, science, theater, or just want to have fun—you're sure to find the perfect summer camp here.

If in-person camp isn't right for your family, don't worry! We've got you covered with our Giant List of Top Virtual Summer Camps. And you can also find our complete Chicago Summer Camp Guide here.

These in-person summer camps have taken into consideration state and local safety guidelines, including wearing masks, temperature checks, limited class sizes, outdoor check-ins and check-outs, and social distancing setups. Please see each camp's website for complete details and to verify that they are still operating as planned.

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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Newberry Math & Science Academy

Sager Solomon Schechter Day

Steve and Kate's Camp - West Loop

Kids Science Labs - Lincoln Park

Kids Science Labs - Northbrook

Kids Science Labs - Wheaton

Kids Science Labs - Roscoe Village

The Little Gym of Chicago

Iris & Steven Podolsky Family Center

Baker Demonstration School

Oasis Day Camp Winnetka

Oasis Day Camp Highland Park
Spring Migration Bird Walks
North Park Village Nature Center - 8:00 AM
Bisa Butler Portraits
Art Institute of Chicago - 10:00 AM
Sounds of Spring
Morton Arboretum - 10:30 AM
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