Top Summer Camps 2023

From sports to STEM to social skills, there are camps for every kid. But how do you choose? Here, Chicago Parent’s advertising partners share their top summer camp offerings.

When summer comes, your kids will be more than ready to swim, create, innovate and just have fun. Summer camps offer the perfect place for kids to explore their interests, learn new things and make memories and friendships that can last a lifetime.

Don’t let your chance to register your child for summer camp slip by! Reserve your spot and then relax and let summer slide right in. Here, we share the best summer camp options from Chicago Parent’s advertising partners. Dig in!

MSI Camps

Day Camp, Specialty Camp

Ages: 5th-9th grade

Where: 5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Chicago



Spring, summer and even Saturdays, MSI has your plans covered! Say goodbye to boring breaks. With camps for explorers, makers, tinkerers and everything in between, MSI has fun programs that spark everyone’s imagination and keep curious minds fed.

Camp Anokijig

Overnight/Away Camp, Specialty Camp

Ages: 7-16

Where: W5639 Anokijig Lane, Plymouth, Wisconsin



Outrageous fun is around every corner at Camp Anokijig! Since 1926, Anokijig has nurtured independence, character and confidence in campers as they build positive values, friendships and life skills through their camp experience. It offers a huge variety of traditional activities for campers to self-direct their own camp experience, build self-esteem and create an enriching week of summer camp. Specialty programs offered, too. Convenient, overnight one-week co-ed sessions available.

Camp Galileo

Day Camp

Ages: Rising K-Rising 10th graders

Where: Multiple convenient locations in Chicago, North Shore, Northwest Suburbs and Western Suburbs



Camp Galileo engages rising K-10th graders in creative STEAM-inspired projects and active outdoor games. The dynamic staff inspires kids to turn ideas into reality, collaborate with peers and play hard outside. Stanford research shows that kids who participate in Galileo’s curriculum tend to persevere at unfamiliar challenges, share their ideas more freely and respond better in the face of failure. Optional extended care 8-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. Enroll during Early Bird registration and save $50 per week!

Camp Nicolet for Girls

Overnight/Away Camp

Ages: 7-17

Where: P.O. Box 1359, 16040 Hwy. 70 East, Eagle River, Wisconsin



Have a fun and educational summer adventure in Wisconsin’s beautiful Northwoods! International camp family with top-quality instruction in water skiing, horseback riding, sports, sailing and much more. Plus, exciting tripping opportunities and leadership training at this family-owned camp established in 1944. Recognized as a Pioneer of Camping, Camp Nicolet is celebrating its 79th year of excellent camping tradition. Accredited by the American Camp Association. Offering traditional three-, four- and seven-week sessions.

Camp O at the O-School

Day Camp, Specialty Camp

Ages: 6-15

Where: Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, 6245 S. Ingleside Ave., Chicago



A supportive and structured day camp for young people who require additional supports to access the joys of summer camp. Camp O thoughtfully embeds social and emotional learning into camp activities. A low staff-to-camper ratio (1:4) allows for increased interaction and supervision with highly qualified and trained staff members. Campers will partake in joy and silliness, discover new interests, make friends, build confidence and help create a dynamic Camp O community.

Jellystone Park Camp-Resort

Overnight family campground and resort meant for family vacations

Ages: 4-12

Where: 8425 HWY 38, Caledonia, Wisconsin



An award-winning, family-friendly campground & resort nestled in the woods. With lodging for a wide array of families, it offers four different cabin types, full hook-up campsites with water, sewer and electrical plus primitive sites for tent camping. Camping guests have access to entertainment and amenities, including a heated swimming pool, water park, mini-golf, bathrooms and showers, laundry facilities, gift shops, groceries/supplies, Wi-Fi access and supervised kids program.

Lincoln Park Zoo Summer Camps

Day Camp

Ages: 4-14 (Grades PreK-8)

Where: 2400 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago

312- 742-2056


Calling all nature nerds and animal lovers! Campers in rising grades PreK-5 will explore the zoo and learn about animals and how the zoo cares for them, as they make new friends and spend time in the great outdoors. Campers in rising grades 6-8 will explore the relationships between animals, humans and ecosystems through team-building and immersive learning — all at your zoo.

Music Theater Works’ YouthREACH

Day Camp, Specialty Camp

Age: 8-13

Where: 516 4th St., Wilmette



Young performers who want to learn musical theater from professional teaching artists can find that at YouthREACH. No experience or audition is required and every child gets a part. Students should have a third grade reading level. Each week is different with exciting musicals that end with a performance on stage.

Wildcat Sports Camp

Day Camp, Specialty Camp

Ages: 1st-6th grade

Where: 2311 Campus Drive, Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, Evanston


As one of the North Shore’s best multi-sport day camps, Wildcat Sports Camp offers campers the exciting experience of learning and growing through exercise and sports. Each day campers are introduced to various games and activities while emphasizing teamwork and sportsmanship. Wildcat Sports Camp is administered on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.


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