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Chicago summer camp guide: academic camps

If your kid spends weekends staring through a telescope or cataloging insects, these academic summer camps are perfect

Learn science and engineering at ID Tech's summer camps.

There's no way your little Einstein is going to spend her summer lazing at the beach—she's way too interested in flexing that brain of hers studying the stars or losing herself at a Chicago museum. Instead of wasting away the days, an academic summer camp could be the best way to spend the warmer months. Kids can learn how to program a robot, order in French at a French restaurant, study wildlife and more. 

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Academic summer camps

ID Tech Camps

ID Tech Camps

Bill Gates wannabes can get their start at computer camp. While the focus is on coding, robotics programming and game design, there's also plenty of time devoted to enjoying the great outdoors. Times, prices and locations vary; see website for details. Ages 6–16.

Lycee World Camp

Lycee World Camp

Whether your little guy or gal is fluent or still mastering “un, deux, trois,” this immersion-style camp will get them up to speed. Language camp programs include lessons in French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Arabic. 9am–3pm. Dates vary, see website for details. $210–$805. Pre-k–12th grade.


Summer camp at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum


Children delve into topics like nature, art, music, movement and science during these camp sessions. Depending on the camper's age, activities include exploring the museum's outdoor wetlands, woodlands and prairie habitats, animal observation, off-site field trips and more. 9am–1pm or 9am–3pm July 5–Aug 26. $435–$710. Ages 4–11. 


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Camp Noggin

Camp Noggin

Curious kids can develop problem-solving skills as part of Camp Noggin’s hands-on activities, games and experiments. One-week summer day camps for explorers in grades K-8 offer up creative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities. This year’s themes include “arctic expedition,” “crazy contraptions,” and “radical robots.” Find the full schedule, or look for info about four weeks of pre-K camp, on the website. 9am–noon, 1–4pm or 9am–4pm June 13–Aug 19. $295–$495.

Summer Science Camp at Morton Arboretum

The kids can learn and explore all summer long at Morton Arboretum's many camps, where they can build a forest fort or wade through wetlands. Find a complete schedule of dates and themes hereJune 6–Aug 12. $165–$350. Ages K–8th grade. 

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