Back To (In-Person, Full Day) School: Chicago Public School Calendar for 2021-22

Chicago kids go back to school to the delight of parents all over the city!
Chicago kids go back to school to the delight of parents all over the city!

If you've got a child in public school, you live by the school calendar, and after a year of fits and starts, delays, and COVID-induced quarantines and closures, parents are wondering what this school year will bring. As back-to-school looms, it's looking like students will return to school in semi-normal fashion (on August 30), with in-person learning taking place on campuses across the city five days a week. The Chicago Public School Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year is below, and you'll want to bookmark it now for reference—and to help with planning family vacations and school break camp coverage.

Read on for all the dates and details of the current 2020-21 school year plan.

Chicago Public Schools Return to In-Person Learning

As of August 1, Chicago Public Schools plans to allow all students to return to in-person learning in the fall. However, families also have the option to choose remote learning and attend class from home. Check the reopening guide for details on in-person classes attendance, remote learning, mask guidance, testing, and health screenings. The guidance from the CDC has changed quite recently in response to the spread of the Delta variant, so keep a close eye on requirements and guidelines for students from CPC as the first day of school approaches.

Here are all of the dates you can count on your kiddos being out of school during the 2021-2022 school year.

Chicago Public School Calendar for 2020-2021​

First Day of School: Monday, August 30, 2021
Winter Vacation - Schools are closed from December 20, 2021 to January 2, 2022.
Spring Vacation - Schools are closed from April 8, 2022 to April 15, 2022.
Last Day of School: Tuesday, June 14, 2022

2021-2022 Chicago Public School Holidays and Student Non-Attendance Days:

Monday, October 11 - Indigenous Peoples' Day

Friday, November 5 - School Improvement Day (non-attendance day for students)

Thursday, November 11 - Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 24 to Friday, November 26 - Thanksgiving Break

Monday, December 20, 2021 to Friday, December 31, 2021 - Winter Vacation

Monday, January 17, 2021 - M. L. King Day

Friday, January 28 - School Improvement Day (non-attendance day for students)

Monday, February 21, 2021 - Presidents Day

Friday, April 8, 2022 to Friday, April 15, 2022 - Spring Vacation

Friday, April 16, 2021 - School Improvement Day (non-attendance day for students)

Monday, May 30, 2021 - Memorial Day

Wednesday, June 15, 2021 - School Improvement Day (non-attendance day for students)

For the full calendar, including all parent-teacher conference days, please see the CPS PDF with all the dates.

Midnight Circus in the Parks
Chicago Parks - various times Pick
Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up
Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up - various times Pick
Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest
Cosley Zoo - 9:00 AM
Fall Fest - Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo - 10:00 AM
World Music Festival
Various sites throughout Chicago - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides