Free and Affordable Summer Camps for Chicago Kids

The Chicago Park District provides a fun-filled summer for kids in Chicago. Photo courtesy of the Park District
The Chicago Park District provides a fun-filled summer for kids in Chicago. Photo courtesy of the Park District

School’s almost out, which means it's time for parents to figure out how to keep 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 ... but you gotta do it 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 to take advantage of early-bird discounts offered by most organizations. Also, many summer camps award scholarships or help with financial assistance. If there is a camp your child is interested in, it’s worth checking to see if they offer scholarships and/or financial assistance.

 

 

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo - 4:00 PM Pick
Kohlights
Kohl's Children's Museum - 4:30 PM Pick
Santa's Winterland Workshop at Gallagher Way
Gallagher Way - various times Pick
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides