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Chicago summer camp guide

These Chicago summer camps will keep the kids entertained all summer, from singing around the campfire to making crafts

Photograph: Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez
Chicago summer camps are a win-win for the whole family. When the kids (or you) get tired of yet another trip to the splash parkindoor playgrounds or even one of the best Chicago museums, it's probably time to get packed and ready for camp. Whether it's just during the day or a weeklong sleepaway camp, youngsters are bound to make a lifetime of memories at some of our favorite spots, where they can conquer anything from horseback riding and gardening to acting and dancing. Can't decide what to sign up for? Check out our list of the best summer camps in and near Chicago.

Chicago summer camps

Academic camps
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Academic camps

Kids can look to the stars, study wildlife and more with these camps for smarty pants

Sleepaway camps
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Sleepaway camps

Tell the kids to take a hike—the good kind!—at these sleepaway camps in nature 

Arts camps
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Arts camps

Nurture your kid's creative ambitions this summer at an arts-focused camp

Sports camps
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Sports camps

You'll have no problem getting the little ones off the couch with these camps for almost any sport

General interest camps
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General interest camps

These summer camps keep the activities engaging and ever-changing

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Choosing a sleepaway camp
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Choosing a sleepaway camp

Selecting a summer camp can be almost as challenging as choosing a college

Overnight camp options for every kid
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Overnight camp options for every kid

When your kids are ready to fly the coop—at least for a bit—give them an overnight experience close to home

The 7 best drop-in summer camps
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The 7 best drop-in summer camps

Get the kids out of the house to release some creative energy

Chicago camps for special needs children
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Chicago camps for special needs children

These special needs camps offer tons of individual attention and structured, yet flexible activities