Art Summer Camps for Chicagoland Kids

Your little artists will love any of these summer camps!

Is your child creative and loves anything art related? Then, check out these art summer camps in Chicagoland where they can learn new mediums and techniques.

These summer camps fill up fast. Be sure to register ahead of time. Prices and locations for the camps are subject to change.

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

Featured Art Summer Camps for Chicagoland Kids

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

Merit School of Music Summer Camps

Photo credit: Laura Stills

June-July 2024

Turn up the music this summer with Merit School of Music’s lineup of camps, classes and ensembles! With options for all ages, instruments and experience levels, summer at Merit is a great way for kids to stay social and creative while school is out. 

Your child will have the chance to study with some of the best music educators in the region while having fun and making friends with young music lovers from across Chicagoland. Beginners are welcome. There are 1-week and 2-week camps available throughout June and July. See website for more details.

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. 

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 Art Summer Camps in Chicagoland

One River Evanston Camps

May 28-Aug. 16, 2024

One River School’s summer camp programs allow teens and kids to select from a wide range of studio art, and digital art and design experiences that cater to students of all ages and all levels. There are more than 90 camps to choose from, including street art, cartooning, digital art and more.

Creativity Camp at Hyde Park Art Center

June 12-Sept. 1, 2024

Awaken your imagination all summer long with unique camps in visual and performing arts. Led by professional artists in multimedia studios, Creativity Camp at Hyde Park Art Center offers young artists unparalleled access to Chicago’s creative community in a fun, relaxed environment — perfect for summer!

ARTastic Summer Camp

June 10-Aug. 30, 2024

Budding artists join instructors to draw, sculpt, paint, build and create their own masterpieces. They’ll also have creative time, reading space, outdoor exploring and free play. Each week has a different theme.

TAC Summer Camps

June 10-Aug. 16, 2024

The Art Center Highland Park aims to inspire and ignite a passion for the arts through its innovative programs and classes in a variety of mediums such as jewelry, ceramics, cartooning, and mixed-media.

Art Camps at The Paintbrush

June 10-Aug. 23, 2024

Explore art through a variety of approaches including drawing, painting, artist inspired projects, weekly tie-dye day and slime day, games and more! Lunch break and some art exploration/play may take place outdoors (weather permitting).

Lillistreet Art Center Summer Camps

June 10-Aug. 19, 2024

Find a wide variety of summer camps for ages 3-16 in multimedia and specialized art forms, including ceramics, photography, sewing, metalsmithing, printmaking, drawing, painting and digital art.

Multi Arts Camps at School of the Art Institute

June 30-July 11, 2024

  • Address: School of the Art Institute, 36 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago
  • Cost: $600/one week; $1,100/two week program
  • Best for ages: 10-13

Students are able to dig deep into their areas of interests as each course provides an immersive experience that teaches young makers both conceptual and technical skills while allowing them the freedom to explore and innovate. Themes include toy design, building, architecture, illustration, animation and more.

Kids Summer Sewing Camp

June 24-Aug. 9, 2024

Each student will be able to select a large project to work on for each week they are in camp. Options range from lap blankets and decorative pillows to drawstring backpacks and laundry bags. No sewing experience necessary.

Summer Arts Camp at Beverly Arts Center

June 10-Aug. 16, 2024

This full-day camp provides a unique, elevated arts experience as students work with arts professionals to create two productions while still enjoying the traditional arts and crafts, playtime, and teaching artist workshops.

Writing Camps with 826 Chi

July 15-Aug. 15, 2024

  • Address: School of the Art Institute, 36 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago
  • Cost: $425 full price, $225 partial scholarship, $0 full scholarship
  • Best for ages: 8-17

Spark creativity with 826CHI’s camps! From tantalizing food critiques in “Eat Your Words” camp for young gourmands to immersive storytelling in the “High School Writers Lab,” they offer a buffet of inspiration for all ages.

Jewelry Design Camp at Glencoe Park District

Aug. 12-23, 2024

Design and create your very own jewelry! Work with young designers to learn how to create beautiful handmade necklaces, bracelets and earrings out of polymer clay. Learn from real designers in the industry and leave class wearing your handmade creations.

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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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