Looking for a kids camp in Chicagoland — and beyond? You’ve come to the right place! Chicago Parent’s first-ever FREE Virtual Camp Fair is packed with top-notch overnight camps, day camps and specialty camps ready to give your kids a safe, memorable and fun summer. Discover what camps offer, explore our Official Camp Planning Guide, and check out the camp chat videos. Happy camping!


What are the benefits of camp for kids in the COVID-19 era? We ask some of the top camp pros in Chicago and beyond for their insights. 

Kids’ safety is top of mind like never before. The American Camp Association of Illinois shares how camps are ready.

Developing kids’ interests is a big summer camp benefit. Learn more with an early childhood expert with the Erikson Institute.

Ready to unplug? Tune into the perks of nature for kids (especially after all that screen time) with the Indiana Dunes National Park.

Camp can empower kids and instill a deep and lasting sense of confidence. The American Camp Association explains why.

Making friends and connections with a diverse group of kids is a huge perk of camp. Take a closer look with the American Camp Association of Illinois.

Kids have been pretty cooped up the past year. Camps help them let loose and get active, as the American Camp Association explains.

It might just be one summer, but the memories last a lifetime. Discover the most compelling reason to sign kids up for camp with the American Camp Association of Illinois.

Official Guide to Summer Camp

Ready for camp? Chicago Parent’s guide is here to help! Get kids in gear for an exciting experience with practical tips and tons of activities to keep the fun going all summer long.

Harness the excitement of summer camp with our action-packed official guide. Discover key questions to ask camps and must-pack goods for kiddos — plus, try our “Camp This, Do That” activities to help kids get stoked for day camp, sports camp, STEM camp, art camp or nature camp (or keep the fun going when camp has ended). You’ll also get details on ALL of the camps here at Virtual Camp Fair Week. Bonus: Challenge the kids to find the camp names in the fun word search worksheet!

Our Fair Camp Booths in 2021

Here’s a peek at the 23 camps that joined Metro Parent’s Virtual Camp Fair in 2021. The booths are now closed, but you can still see the name and type of camp, ages it’s for and a small description!

Aloha Beach Camp Hawaii

Program Type:Overnight Camp
Ages: 7-16
Each summer, Spend a week in Hawaii and take part in more than 50 camp activities in this fun, safe sleep-away program. Think white sandy beach, clean cabins and activities unique to Hawaii right on Oahu’s beautiful North Shore, just 45-minutes from downtown Honolulu and world-famous Waikiki Beach.

Bennett Day Camp

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 4-18
Each morning, campers participate in art, athletic and STEM activities. In the afternoon, campers get to “choose their own adventure,” such as drone racing, sewing and textiles, claymation, photography, coding, mechanical engineering and sports. Kids will love Water Wednesdays.

Camp Ben Frankel

Program Type:Overnight Camp Ages: 6-17
The camp is the perfect place for kids from all backgrounds looking for a Jewish experience while enjoying an inclusive, welcoming environment. It offers aquatic, outdoor adventure, STEM, performing arts, gaming, culinary arts, sports and more.

Camp Chippewa for Boys

Program Type: Overnight Camp Ages: 9-17
An appreciation for the wilderness during their daily adventures is just one of the takeaways from Chippewa. Boys will learn friendship, self-confidence and learn skills they never thought they could master. Campers come from more than 30 states and eight countries.

Camp Newaygo

Program Type: Day Camp, Overnight Camp
Ages: 6-17
This historic camp offers week-long and multi-week sessions for the girls overnight camp (ages 7-17) and co-ed day camp for grades 1-7. The camp sits along Pickerel Lake in the Manistee National Forest area. It even offers mom and me and family camping experiences and more.

Camp Pillsbury

Program Type: Overnight Camp Ages: 6-17
Campers will find nearly every option to fill their passion, from music to magic, extreme sports to circus arts, rock band to equestrian, movie making to dance and fashion design, all set in beautiful summertime Minnesota at Pillsbury College. Day camp is offered to local residents.

Camp Snapology

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: Under 6-14
Fun topics and themes are planned for this summer focused on helping kids really dive deep into STEAM and STEM, learning while having fun. Think robotics, technology and themes such as Minecraft and Star Wars.

Camp Towanda

Program Type: Overnight Camp
Ages: 6-17
This 90+-year-old co-ed camp nestled in Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains offers sports, arts and drama, a beautiful waterfront and adventure. It prides itself on being a place where kids get to be kids, just like the old days.

CircEsteem Summer Camp

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 6-16
Kids can actually run away to join the circus – circus camp, that is. CircEsteem teaches circus arts such as trapeze, acrobatics, clowning, juggling, stilt walking, gym wheel, tight wire, rola bola, and mini trampoline while building kids’ self-esteem and confidence. Parents will love the Show Off performance at the end.

Clubba Virtual Summer Camps For Creators

Program Type: Virtual Camp
Ages: 3-13
For two hours a day, kids get to dive into their passion, learning from people as passionate as they are, whether it be becoming a YouTube star, learning Bollywood, making videos, a game or jewelry, acting, storytelling, dancing, creative writing or coding plus more.

Continuing Studies at the School of the Art Institute Chicago

Program Type: Virtual Camp
Ages: 4-9
Like kids, SAIC’s camps take fun and creating seriously. In addition to daily virtual visits to the Art Institute of Chicago, kids will work with a wide range of materials, including drawing, painting, mixed media, fibers, wearables and animation. Each session has different projects to help kids fill their summer.

Hi-Five Sports Camp Chicago

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: PreK-9th grade
Sport-loving kids can fill their summer at this co-ed camp that teaches more than the rules of the game. They’ll learn about winning and losing the right way, teamwork, playing hard and playing fair. Plus, they’ll make lots of new friends and be really active.

Interlochen Arts Camp

Program Type: Overnight Camp
Ages: grades 3-12
Interlochen Arts Camp each summer welcomes more than 2,500 students from all over the world to study creative writing, dance, interdisciplinary arts, film and new media, music, thea-ter and visual arts.

JCC Chicago Apachi Day Camp & Camp Chi

Program Type: Day Camp, Overnight Camp
Ages: Under 6-17
Apachi Day Camp fills every day with different activities and fun with songs, swimming, theater, plus rock climbing, yoga and STEM activities. It also offers specialized camps to feed kids’ passions. Camp Chi is an overnight camp that offers over 50 activities with choice-based programming, memorable Shabbat celebrations and staff dedicated to camper care.


Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: Under 6-17
The one- and two-weeklong camps let kids take risks and learn things they might not learn at school, such as film making, digital art, anime and creative crafts. Plus, they can learn a new sport or dive into STEM activities, such as coding, game design, virtual reality and 3D modeling.

Learning Math is Fun!

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 6-11
This day camp focuses on basic math skills – such as adding, multiplying, dividing, primes, composites and factors – and reinforces them through games, manipulatives, music and other hands-on activities. It also offers special topics such as fractions, algebraic expressions and quadratic equations.

Lillstreet Art Center

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 3-16
Lillstreet’s Kidstreet program offers more than 200 week-long multimedia camps, allowing campers to explore pottery, painting, sewing and more in a non-competitive environment. The goal is new skills, confidence, friends and fun, not the end result of the project.

McGaw YMCA Summer Day Camp & Camp Echo

Program Type: Day Camp, Overnight Camp
Ages: 6-17
At Day Camp, kids can choose from a variety of activities including archery, fishing, games and sports, arts and crafts, drama, science, swimming and field trips while making friends. Camp Echo is a coed, residential YMCA camp that offers traditional camp programs and memory making starting in the summer before 3rd grade.

Music Theater Works

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 9-17
The Kids Company Summer Workshops bring kids together to create a show in just six days — no experience required. The schedule includes Annie Jr., The Music Man, Singin’ in the Rain and more, beginning July 5. The Youth Company is for teens who are serious about musical theater.

Noggin Builders STEM Camp

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: PreK4-Grade 8
Each week of camp is filled with fun, hands-on activities, including STEM, problem solving and teamwork games with programs divided by age. Some of the topics for this summer include making crazy contraptions, green science, roller coasters, engineering escape rooms and more.

Sylvan Learning-Summer of Learning

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: Grades K-12th
Use summer to build your child’s skills and send them into the new school year with renewed confidence. Sylvan offers group academic camps in math and reading in person and live online for 3rd-8th graders. It also offers individualized writing programs, individualized math programs and comprehension/accelerated reading programs.

The Forge: Lemont Quarries

Program Type: Day Camp
Ages: 7-9 and 10-14
Lil’ Adventurers (ages 7-9) and Explorers (ages 10-14) get to have summer camp in an adventure park, while blending science and technology (augmented reality scavenger hunt, anyone?) with wilderness exploration. The bigger kids can summit the Eight Towers Adventure, the largest aerial adventure course on the continent, while the little ones can navigate the Two Towers Adventure.

American Camp Association of Illinois

​​The American Camp Association, Illinois is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization provides opportunities for children to access camp through various funding programs and camp professionals to grow and strengthen their skills, knowledge & community resources. Parents can explore thousands of camps through the free findacamp.org search tool that lets them narrow the search to zip code, gender and interest.


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