Summer Camps for Kids in North/Northwest Suburbs

Sign up your child at one of these summer camps in the North Suburbs or Northwest Suburbs.

From jewelry design and cooking to swimming, soccer and coding, Chicago’s North/Northwest Suburbs are filled with summer camps to keep your child busy when school is out. Here are a few great options that will ensure they have the best summer ever.

Looking for more summer camps? Check out our interactive map to find the best summer camps for Chicagoland kids.

Featured Summer Camps for Kids in North/Northwest Suburbs

In this section, Chicago Parent’s advertising partners share their top summer camp offerings.

Canlan Sports Summer Camps

Kids tournament at Canlan Sports Summer Camps
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June 3-Aug. 16, 2024

Enhance your skills and keep active! In Canlan Sports camps and clinics, your child will learn to build their skill set and hone in on their technique while being motivated through play-based instruction.

Canlan Sports summer camps feature:

  • Play-based learning: Let your child grow their game the fun way, learning through interactive activities and game-play.
  • Committed instructors: Our instructors are passionate about fostering a love for the game while focusing on your child’s development. 
  • Fun with friends: Keep your child active all summer long, creating memories that will last a lifetime at camp. 

Play is our way of teaching. We believe in making learning fun, because it’s the most enjoyable way to grow your skill. Focusing on development and refinement, with an emphasis on socialization our camps and clinics provide your children with the best environment to continue learning and growing safely.

Play all day, all summer long and make unforgettable memories.

Camp Galileo

Camp Galileo
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  • Address: 10+ Chicagoland locations
  • Phone: 800-854-3684
  • Cost: $490 – $525
  • Best for ages: Rising K-8th

At Camp Galileo, every week is a one-of-a-kind adventure full of engaging STEAM projects, collaborative design challenges and classic camp fun, from silly skits to face painting to pie throwing. Grounded in the acclaimed Galileo Innovation Approach, their hands-on activities and outdoor games cultivate essential skills — including collaboration, perseverance and creative confidence — that last long after summer ends. 

Chicagoland families can choose from more than 10 locations, along with extended care 8am–6pm. 

STEM Camp by Noggin Builders

Noggin Builders
Photo credit: Amy Torf

May 20-August 23, 2024 (weekly sign up)

Send your child on a STEM Adventure this summer! Kids can become explorers and creators at Noggin Builders STEM Camps. How do you build a dunk tank? How do catalysts change chemical reactions? What kinds of challenges would you create if you designed an escape room? 

These are just a few of the questions kids explore in Noggin Builders summer camps, where they dive into different STEM-related themes each week and follow their curiosity along new pathways. A new theme and different activities each week will keep your budding scientist or engineer engaged all summer long.  

Campers entering grades K-5th (divided by age) will explore with experiments and hands-on activities in a variety of STEM areas and open-ended engineering design projects. Some of the themes for 2024 include Chemistry, Space Voyagers, LEGO Engineers, Science of Art and Green Science.  

Campers entering grades 6th-7th will experience an in-depth, full day camp designed for middle schoolers filled with open-ended design projects and STEM skills. Middle school themes include Robotics, Maker Camp and Escape Room Design.  

Noggin Builders also offers special options for the youngest and oldest campers. Preschoolers harness their natural curiosity about the world around them as they explore and build early math and science skills with activities customized for young learners.  

Rising 8th and 9th graders build leadership and collaboration skills in a unique program including team building through fun, hands-on activities and STEM, opportunities to work with younger campers, volunteerism, and more. 

Noggin Builders has flexible options to meet your summer needs. Sign up by the week with half day and full day options for most camps. This summer, your curious camper will build skills in creative problem solving, collaboration, and resiliency while having fun with hands-on STEM. Use coupon code ChicagoParent for $25 off your weekly summer camp. 

Northbrook Park District Summer Camps

Northbrook Park
Photo Credit: Joan Scovic

June 3-Aug. 16, 2024

  • Address: 545 Academy Drive, Northbrook (various locations)
  • Cost: Costs vary, registration can be completed per week or per session. Register by March 6 to save 10% on most summer camps and workshops.
  • Best for ages: 3-15

Whether they are into arts, sports, STEM, figure skating, dance or theater, children and teens can have a fabulous, enriching summer by participating in the wide array of camps and workshops offered by the Northbrook Park District.

Summer camp programming runs June through August at park district facilities and local schools with activities in parks, playgrounds and swimming pools, as well as field trip opportunities. You can choose from half-day options for ages 3-5 and full-day options for ages 5-14, including special pre/post-season camps. Flexible schedules allow kids to try multiple camps for the summer. Additional services like extended care and catered lunches are available.

This summer, Northbrook Park District introduces “World Explorers Camp” for ages 3-5, taking kids on a global adventure, and “Lil’ Artists Camp” for ages 5-7, nurturing young talent. Ages 8-13 can join “Artistic Explorers” to dive into various art projects with expert guidance.

The park district also offers inclusion services to residents with special needs thanks to a partnership with the North Suburban Special Recreation Association, which provides support staff during summer camps. To request inclusion services, which come at no additional cost to families, check “ADA” on the registration form. 

Skokie Park District Summer Camps

Skokie Park District
Photo credit: Jim Bottorff

June 10-Aug. 16, 2024

For decades, the Skokie Park District has provided summer camps that focus on adventure, friendship, fun, exploration, discovery, safety and being kind. This summer, the district’s more than 60 camps promise to offer even more exciting experiences for children ages 3-18.

Brains & Motion Education Summer Camps

June 3 – Aug. 12, 2024

Let your students dive into an amazing summer adventure at Brains & Motion Summer Camps in Chicago. Explore a range of STEM, arts and sports camps for Grades K-8. Learning is fun and possibilities are boundless! Take advantage of the special offer to save $50 on all your summer camp purchases with code CHICAMPS. 

Engage in dynamic hands-on experiments, challenging coding activities and thrilling robotics projects, igniting innovation and honing problem-solving skills. Brains & Motion’s STEM camp is designed to inspire curiosity, fostering a deep-rooted love for science, technology, engineering and mathematics among students.

Discover boundless creativity with painting, origami and performing arts sessions.  Brains & Motion’s art camp fosters self-expression, ignites imagination and explores diverse artistic avenues, nurturing a lifelong love for creativity and deepening appreciation for the arts among students.

Participate in Brains & Motion’s vibrant sports camps, including soccer, tennis, and basketball, to foster teamwork, refine skills, and embrace sportsmanship. Their inclusive programs prioritize physical fitness and camaraderie, offering a supportive and enjoyable environment for all students, regardless of level. 

A summer of endless possibilities awaits your young ones! Save $50 on each enrollment with the code CHICAMPS, until the end of summer!


More Summer Camps for Kids in North/Northwest Suburbs

EV Sewing & Fashion Design Camp

June 3-Aug. 23, 2024

  • Address: Locations in Wilmette, Highland Park, Glencoe
  • Cost: $350/week
  • Best for ages: 6-13

Students will learn from real fashion designers how to create  their own garments using a sewing machine. There is a fashion show at the end of the week for students to showcase their work.

Cooking Camp at Taste Buds Kitchen

June 10-Aug. 23, 2024

Half-day cooking camps feature three recipes each day, both savory and sweet. Young students will learn the fundamentals of measuring and mixing, while older kids will master more advanced techniques like reading recipes and knife skills.


June 17-Aug. 2, 2024

  • Address: Locations in Evanston, Northbrook, Lake Zurich
  • Cost: Starts at $2,895 for 3-week session
  • Best for ages: 4-14

This JCC affiliated day camp encourages campers to celebrate what makes them truly special. Through sports, art, swimming, science and theater, campers discover new ways to express themselves, create friendships and try new things.

Banner Day Camp

June 17-Aug. 9, 2024

The North Shore’s premier day camp offers children every imaginable opportunity for fun in sports, arts, adventure and aquatics programming while fostering a cooperative environment that focuses on building self-confidence through learning and mastering new skills.

Decoma Day Camp

June 10-Aug. 2, 2024

Decoma emphasizes participation and fun while learning new skills and making lasting friendships with a program lineup that includes swimming, sports, climbing wall, crafts, music, dance, archery, fishing, gymnastics, martial arts, biking, photography, theme days and more.

Piven Theatre Summer Camp

June 10–Aug. 8, 2024

Through ensemble exercises, story theatre exploration, theatre games, improvisation techniques and scene work led by highly trained instructors, campers hone their acting skills in their 4-week camps. They also have 1-week camp options available for $395.

Junior Dance Camp at North Shore School of Dance

June-August 2024

Junior dance camps allow students to experience different styles of dance including ballet, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, and hip-hop. In addition to dance technique classes, dancers learn choreography and performance skills.

iD Tech Camp at Northwestern University

July 8-Aug. 9, 2024

Campers learn coding, game development, design and robotics in small groups. At the end of the program, everyone receives an iD Tech diploma and skill certification.

Summer Art Camp at Glenview School of Arts

June 3-Aug. 16, 2024

From drawing and fashion design to ceramics and storybook making, summer art camps introduce kids to various projects and mediums. Campers will have 2-3 different activities/projects daily.

Coding Camp at The Coder School

June 17-Aug. 16, 2024

Coding summer camps are week-long coding courses in a variety of topics, from robotics to artificial intelligence to video game design and development, making coding fun and engaging and honing in on the passions and motivations of kids.

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Lori Orlinsky
Lori Orlinsky
Lori Orlinsky is an award-winning journalist and bestselling children's book author. She is the mom of three little ladies who keep her on her toes.


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