Strike options for parents

  • Art organization One Strange Bird, 2515 W North Ave, is offering a strike art camp from 9am–4pm for $60 per day; lunch and snacks are not included.

  • The Chicago Children's Museum is offering free admission to all CPS students this week. Meanwhile, on Museum Campus, Shedd Aquarium has the same deal today and tomorrow; the Adler Planetarium is free Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Lookingglass Theatre, 875 N Michigan Ave (inside the historic Water Tower pumping station), offers drama workshops for kids ages 5–13 from 9am–3pm during the strike. The camps are broken into two ages groups and cost $65 per day. Register online or call 773-477-9257 x193 to learn more.

  • Hubbard Street Dance, 1147 W Jackson Blvd, is offering a special "dance explorers" program for CPS students grades K-6. The class runs 9:30am–2:30pm, and for three days, September 12–14, it costs $180; or it runs $300 for five days (September 17–21). There's also a per-day option of $60. Call 312-850-9744 x139 to register.

  • Chicago JCCs are offering a specilaty curriculum of sports, art, swimming and other activities from 8am to 3:30pm, with an aftercare option until 6pm, until the strike ends (the centers will be closed on September 17 and 18 in observance of Rosh Hashanah). Cost is $50 per day, and $15 for aftercare.

  • Easel Art Studio in Bucktown is hosting a strike camp from 9am–3pm for kids ages 4 and up for $75 per day. Kids should bring a nut-free lunch.

  • Lakeview's Smarty Party has programming from 9am–2pm during the strike. Cost is $40 per child, with 20 percent off a second child and half off a third. Snacks are provided but kids are recommended to pack a nut-free lunch.  

  • Bucktown's Color Wheel Studio is offering 10 percent off its regular studio rate for CPS students affected by the strike. For $22.50 per hour or $75 for anything over 3 hours, you can drop kids off for any length of time between 9am and 4pm. Kids should pack a lunch.

  •  The Chicago Park District is offering free half- and full-day program options between 8:30am and 3:30pm at parks throughout the city. Camp-like nature, sports and art activities will be provided; no meals will be served. Sign up here.    

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