Photo courtesy of SkyArt Studio
Photo courtesy of SkyArt Studio

Free and Affordable Summer Camps for Chicago Kids

School’s out, and now you have to figure out how to keep your kids busy, happy, and entertained for the whole summer! Summer camp is a great way to help kids burn off energy, spend time outdoors, and make lifelong friendships...without breaking the bank. No need to panic! We've rounded up free and affordable summer camp options throughout Chicagoland. 

Parents and caregivers should sign up for summer camp as early as possible in order to take advantage of early-bird discounts offered by most organizations. In addition, many organizations award scholarships or help with financial assistance. If there is a camp your child is interested in, it’s worth checking if they offer scholarships and/or financial assistance. 

Note that summer camp information for the 2020 season is changing daily. Please click the links to the individual camps below to see which ones are offering programs this year.


SkyART Studios
3026 E 91st Street
Chicago, IL 60617

Red Shield Center
945 W 69th Street
Chicago, IL 60621

Girls Who Code
151 North Franklin Street (CNA Chicago)
Chicago, IL 60606

Apple Store - Michigan Ave
401 N Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Public Library - Harold Washington Branch
400 S. State Street 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60605

The Field Museum of Natural History
1400 Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532

After School Matters
66 E Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Chicago Park District
541 N. Fairbanks
Chicago, IL 60611

YMCA of Metro Chicago
1030 W. Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
20 S Clark St #200
Chicago, IL 60603

Olin Studio Chicago
1957 W 23rd St
Chicago, IL 60608

The Little Gym of Chicago
3216 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

Camp Invention
multiple locations throughout the area
Chicago, IL

Camp Invention
Online
Chicago, IL

Little Beans Cafe - Chicago
1809 W. Webster
Chicago, IL 60614

Little Beans Cafe - Evanston
430 Asbury Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202

Cook County Forest Preserve
536 N Harlem Ave
River Forest, IL 60305

Project Pipeline at Illinois Institute of Technology
3360 S State Street
Chicago, IL 60616
Model Railway Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden - various times Pick
Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest
Cosley Zoo - various times
Chuck Jones in Your Homes
Zoom - various times
Fresh Bites for Kids
- various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides