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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

Written by
Samantha Lande
&
Laura Rote
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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

Academic camps

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

Sleepaway camps

Sleepaway camps

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

Arts camps

Arts camps

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

Sports camps

Sports camps

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

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