5 free coding opportunities for kids around Chicagoland

Photo Credit: Apple’s Everyone Can Code


There are many reasons why children should learn to code. Coding helps improve their academic performance, build their soft skills and overall, shape the digital future of our next generation. Jumpstart their education in computer programming with these free coding sessions across the Chicago area.


Today at Apple


Apple’s new Chicago flagship store offers free sessions daily to introduce many aspects of coding and other types of technology to children. Using the Swift Playgrounds app, kids can learn how to program robots and design mazes through code in one hour or less.


Microsoft Store


The Microsoft Store at Woodfield Mall joins the coding fun with in-store events teaching children through Microsoft MakeCode. If you have any Minecraft fans at home, don’t miss out on their Play and Make Code with Minecraft workshops that allow participants to create their Minecraft world with basic coding elements.


We All Code


Have your little learners explore the STEM world through We All Code, a non-profit organization that teaches coding to Chicago kids from ages 7 to 17. Their mission is to offer 100 percent free classes for youth throughout the year to work with mentors and test their coding knowledge.




If your kids are looking to enroll in a new type of class, try out Codeverse, an immersive coding studio for kids of all ages. They’ll learn everything from coding with real computer programming and 3D printing to mobile game designing. Take advantage of their first free class to see if it’s the right fit for your child.


Everyone Can Code


Apple recently announced that they plan to bring more coding opportunities to nearly 500,000 Chicago students. Starting this spring, the Everyone Can Code program will be integrated across the citywide curriculum to teach students this new language. Be sure to keep an eye out for new Swift Coding Clubs at some CPS schools, which will provide coding education to their after-school programs.


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