Classes in circus, aerial and theater arts: gymnastics, clowning, dance, drama, juggling, stage combat and magic for children and adults.
Produces original works, offers workshops, camps and classes throughout the year and provides event entertainment.
Independent, nonprofit, early childhood school for children between the ages of 3 and 6, including Kindergarten/First grade Classroom. Program emphasizes visual arts and music, early literacy and differentiation. Full or part day, with extended care available. Weekly summer camps for children between 3 and 6 years.
Camp Kesem specializes in providing free summer camp to children who have been affected by a parent or guardian's cancer. We provide programming opportunities year-round for campers to get to interact with one another. Summer camp sessions are held for 5 days in Fredonia, Wisconsin. Note: All camper programming will be virtual in 2021 due to COVID-19
After school, weekend and some school day programs for gifted and talented children, pre-K through grade 12. Summer programs in several locations including Skokie and Glenview.
Center offers many programs: after-school sports classes, girls’ youth basketball leagues, youth flag football leagues, preschool play groups, youth chess, adult/youth fencing, preschool development classes, youth gymnastics, adult/youth volleyball leagues, women’s basketball classes and more as well as summer day camps for school-aged youth and preschoolers.
Chicago Ballet Arts (CBA) has been offering high quality, dance training for over 30 years, specializing in classical ballet. Its primary program focuses on ages 3-18. In addition, CBA is home to two performance ensembles, offers adult ballet classes and presents community master classes and events. Training opportunities are available year round.
These non-contact camps teach athletic skills, football skills, and life skills to kids 6 to 14 years old. Camps are led by professional, college and high school football coaches with experience as educators.
Online resource that lists events, classes, programs and other activities for Chicago area children and families. Use to find dance and art classes, coupons and deals, summer festivals, daycamps, sports and more.
Connelly’s Academy offers traditional martial arts training to children, teens and adults. Programs in Taekwon-do, Hapkido and Kumdo for all levels of ability including physically challenged individuals. The emphasis is on mutual support, development of skills and personal growth which benefit students by improving fitness, self-confidence, character and leadership. Summer half-day and full day camps are held at Baker School, 201 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette,
Private, non-sectarian, Evanston/ Skokie, IL-based developmental nursery school for ages 2-5. Provides experiences that match a child's abilities emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively through a play-oriented approach.
A progressive series of arts enrichment classes for children ages 6 months to 13 years. Classes for younger children include songs, dance, language activities, finger plays, large and small motor skill exercises, rhythm activities, puppetry, pantomime and group games. For 5-13 year olds, classes include dance, cooking, Chinese, and ballroom dance.
Summer programs offer a variety of arts and cooking themes with several attendance choices.
Offers custom children's birthday parties.
Non-profit created in memory of Dajae Coleman, an ETHS freshman, who was shot in Evanston in September 2012. DC3F offers programs that motivate the youth and instill positive values that help guide them such as homework help and tutoring to Evanston Pride Feeder Basketball Program participants.
The Dajae Coleman Achievement Award recognizes two Evanston Township High School freshman students, chosen by Humanities teachers, for their leadership capabilities and ability to honor the values articulated by Dajae’s life and ethics. Winners of the Award receive $1000 scholarships to be applied toward their post-secondary education.
927 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL
Holistic, team-centered approach to musical and theatrical education. Private lessons, ensembles, classes and original productions at every level involve and reflect the students’ interests. Programs offered include private lessons in several instruments, musical theatre ensembles for children K-3, 4-7 and gr. 8-12, a choir for young adults aged 13-19, Tween choir, and more. Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/etcmusicschool
Hands-on, student-directed activities for children ages 6 to 15. Camps are offered during the summer and school holiday breaks. Most are held at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.
Built on the grounds of the Ladd Arboretum, 17 acres of park land with a bird sanctuary and bicycle path, the Evanston Ecology Center serves as a focal point for environmental education and volunteerism in the community. Offers a wide range of programs to community members of all ages including School Programs, Community Gardening, and Summer Camps. Operated by the City of Evanston with support from the Evanston Environmental Association.
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 5:00pm year round
Open weekends for programs and rentals.
Mailing: 3234 North Southport. Chicago, IL 60657
A Fairytale Ballet introduces children to dance, costumes, music and more. Classes blend dance, drama, music, costumes and storytelling. Week-long Fairytale Princess Camps throughout the summer.
EVANSTON SAFETY TOWN is a summer day camp program for 4-7 year olds. Established in 1977 by the Evanston/Skokie Council of PTAs, the not-for-profit program teaches safety rules in a fun-filled setting. Safety rules are reinforced with practice on the child-size Safety Town that includes buildings, cars (big wheel bikes) and bicycles from home.
The Evanston Safety Town summer day camp is now taking registrations for 2021 campers ($130) and the teen volunteers ($5), but won’t collect fees until we know the camp can meet this summer. Information and registration at https://www.evanstonsafetytown.org/.
ETHS Summer Sports Camps are designed to provide the student-athletes in our community with
a foundation of fundamental skills, knowledge, character and leadership development, and love
for athletics. Summer Sports Camps for ages 8 to 18.
ETHS continues to provide financial assistance, based on need, to campers living in School Distict 202
A community recreation facility with programs for adults and children, including a fitness center, dance studio, regulation gymnasium, and auditorium space. Provides extensive after-school and summer programs for children, School Day Off programs and Senior Lunch, served every Wednesday.
Resource organization serving children, teens and young adults with autism. With offices in Park Ridge and Evanston, Have Dreams offers individualized after-school programs, vocational, life skills and transition to employment programs, along with diagnostic and family support services. Our continuum of services support individuals from early childhood through adulthood, and offer a broad range of programs to serve the full range of the autism spectrum. Programs for children and teens include Special Olympics, Technology Club and a nationally recognized Film & Multimedia camp. Transition to adult services include Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University and Have Dreams Academy, as well as a variety of programs that focus on developing critical soft skills for employment, internship experiences and life skills. Have Dreams also provides best-practice autism training for professionals and individual, in-home and school consultative services.
A family yoga studio offering a broad range of yoga styles: Anusara-Inspired, Asthanga, Hatha, Kundalini, Radiant Child and Vinyasa Flow, as well as providing opportunities for Energy Healing and meditation.
Day and overnight summer tech camps for kids ages 7-17 held at Northwestern University. Boarding campers stay in Northwestern dorms. Courses, beginner to advanced levels, specializing in video game design, iPhone® app development, Flash® animation, programming, video editing and more. Traditional camp activities are also part of the program.
Non-profit organization which promotes and educates girls in the skill, knowledge, sportsmanship, and love of the sport of lacrosse. It was created to offer all girls the opportunity to learn and play lacrosse through its leagues, camps, and clinics in many communities throughout Chicagoland.
Childcare programs for children 6 weeks to 12 years old
Hours: 7 am to 6 pm Monday-Friday
Multiple preschool, pre-kindergarten, and school-age full-day camps.
Nationally Accredited Center
NEAYC --- NECPA --- Excelerate Illinois
Little Beans is a family café and an imaginative playspace for kids of all ages. Little Beans Playspace includes an imaginative village and age appropriate toys great for kids 0-6 years and an additional recreation based space for kids 5-12 years as well).Open play, camps, music gymnastic, dance, drumming and music classes, events, parties and workshops are all offered for children and adults.
Sports, fitness, and wellness programs for preschoolers through senior citizens. Offers daycare and after school enrichment programs, summer camps, tutoring, dance classes and music lessons, American Red Cross courses, swimming and a variety of sports programs. Active volunteer program.
Birthday party rentals.
Preschool/Daycare Child Care center, preschool music, swimming, kindergarten readiness
Youth/Teens trips, tutoring and mentoring, special programming
Summer Day Camps
Pre-school programs for children ages 2-5.
Infant & Toddler Education
Full and Part Day Preschool- ages 2 - 5
Preschool Explorers- 3 afternoons a week for ages 3 - 5
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
Midwest Montessori offers a variety of nurturing full-and partial-day programs for children aged 3-6. Our master teachers and enriched environments help children develop concentration, independence and self-confidence through a wide variety of hands-on learning experiences to joyfully begin their lifetime of learning! Serves as a demonstration school for the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, affiliated with the American Montessori Society.
Summer camp available.
Mudlark Theater is a not-for-profit organization where
children are taken seriously as artists, and learn theater by making it. As a rule, the general public expects little of children’s theater. Mudlark's goal is to raise that expectation and keep it there. By holding children to a higher standard and empowering them to make strong artistic choices, Mudlark creates the possibility for great theater—vibrant, funny, compelling shows that erase the boundary between youth and professional theater.
Half-day workshops and summer camps available: http://www.mudlarktheater.org/training
1702 Sherman Avenue; Evanston, IL
Performance and Rental Space:
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL
Offers concerts, private and group instruction in voice and all musical instruments for all ages and levels of ability at several locations. Community performing groups include Community Symphony, Chorale, New Horizons Band and several other string and voice ensembles for children, teens and senior adults. Financial aid available. Online registration at www.musicinstituteofchicago.org.
Summer Camps include Art of the Jazz Band, Musical Theater, Duo Piano Festival, Chamber Camp for Winds and Musikgarten classes for parent and young children together.
Professional not-for-profit music theater in Evanston, Illinois, founded in 1980, offering three annual main-stage productions at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street (at Sheridan Road), Evanston. All productions presented with large cast and full orchestra.
The company also presents concerts and outreach programs at schools, hospitals, nursing homes, civic organizations, festivals and other community events. Offers five one-week Summer Kids Workshops for students age 8 to 13.
Offers group and private music instruction to preschoolers through retirees in piano, voice, violin/viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, guitar (all styles--acoustic and electric), electric bass, rock and blues ("Plugged In And Live"), Brazilian Choro (The Chicago Choro Club), chamber music, composition and Scratch Orchestra. Also hosts the Music On Madison concert series. Scholarships available.
A variety of programs for those in kindergarten all the way through 12th grade.
Wildcat Camp has been a Northwestern tradition since 1939. Wildcat camp offers multi-sport day camps emphasizing skills, fun and fitness. Program serves girls and boys currently attending 1st through 5th grade.
Experience college life at Northwestern University this summer in the College Prep Program. High school sophomores and juniors can take undergraduate courses for college credit, or enroll in a two-week IN FOCUS seminar in a special topic area.
Intensive summer residential program for gifted high school students in journalism, music, theatre arts, film and video, forensics, and debate. Students gain practical college-level experience in their chosen field; interact closely with outstanding faculty; tackle new social and intellectual challenges; and experience campus life with other exceptional high school students. Attendees are called Cherubs.
This year's Summer Program will take place on June 15-18th, 2015. The Summer Technology and Engineering Program (STEP) is a free 4-Day non-residential camp for girls going into 7th, 8th, and 9th grades to encourage them to explore careers in the field of engineering. Participants will: Participants will:
-Work in teams to complete and present a three day design activity.
-Participate in hand-on activities and classroom lessons
-Learn about the different engineering disciplines and the career opportunities within each.
-Explore laboratories at Northwestern's Technological Institute
-Interact in small groups with Northwestern undergraduate engineering students
-Meet other girls who are also excited about engineering!
Summer sports camp offering instruction tailored to children 5-14 and ability levels. Meets at St. Athanasius School, Lincoln and Ashland, Evanston
Lady Olympians for Girls in Grades 3-8.
Rookies for Grades Kindergarten through 2nd, Boys & Girls.
Jr. Varsity Boys, grades 3-5.
Varsity for Grades 6th through 8th, Boys.
For schedule, see Camp For Champs.
Located inside the Main Street Metra Station in the South Evanston community, Piccolo Theatre, Inc. (PTI) offers accessible and dynamic programming for all ages using the universal medium of the comedic arts, in order to strengthen and engage shared experiences in artforms that transcends social, racial, and economic boundaries. Find out more about our Youth Classes & Camps, our Theatre Ensemble & Productions, or our annual celebration of local and regional artists, Custer Fair.
Founded by Byrne and Joyce Piven in 1973, PTW is a not-for-profit professional theatre and actor's training center. The Workshop produces critically acclaimed professional theatre works, focusing on adaptations and story theatre. The actor's training center provides classes for youths in 4th grade through high school, and adults. Students at Piven discover the value of improvisational thinking, the training of impulse and instincts, the power of truth and honesty in performance, and the importance of effective communications skills. Piven Theatre Workshop has helped thousands of students celebrate play and unlock their own unique artistic voice. Located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.
Notes: Summer camps and classes available, as well as school session classes. Visit Piventheatre.org/classes to learn more.
Educational theatre company dedicated to providing young people with quality theatre training implemented by professionals in a creative and nurturing environment with a focus on development of the student as individual and artist.
Provides party and corporate event activities, school workshops and classes, community outreach opportunities.
Classes throughout the year and summer programs.
Quad Indoor Sports is a indoor sporting facility holding a 102 by 56 yd. AstroTurf field, as well as two batting cages. We host leagues and organize rentals for flag football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, rugby, baseball, and many other sports. In addition, we host birthday parties, special events, and camps, both for the summer and school holidays. The Quad is a great place for all ages, and on a rainy day, we've got you covered.
The Community Center offers sports programs, classes in the visual and performing arts, after-school program and Preschool Programs for ages 2 to 5.
Dance classes include ballet, tap, ballroom and creative movement.
The Ice Complex provides ice skating, figure skating, hockey, speedskating and broomball. Skates may be rented to attend the public skating sessions and may be rented for use during skating classes.
Party rentals available.
Robert Crown Community Center's Child Care program provides high-quality child care for ages 2 through 12.
We are a full-service facility offering full-day and part-time care, including an after school program. Our program is licensed by the DCFS. Let us care for your child in a recreational-based environment and offer you peace of mind while you work.
Take Two (age 2)
Creative Play Preschool (ages 3-5)
Dual Enrollment (4 and 5 year olds enrolled in School District 65 half-day programs)
After School Adventure
An independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school providing a liberal arts education to students from age 3 through Grade 12.
Early Childhood (ages 3-5), plus Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools
Operates on a rolling admissions deadline when space is available. Personal tours are available throughout the summer.
Offers a variety of social services targeted toward low income families and individuals.
Emergency Service Schedule: Food Pantry: Friday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Utilities, Rental/Mortgage Assistance- By Appointment Only
Monday: Prayer Chain – 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer Meeting – 6:00 p.m. Bible Study – 6:30 p.m. Women’s Club- 7:30 p.m. Men’s Club – 7:30 p.m. Fellowship Meal
Counseling: Christian counseling, substance abuse counseling.
Food Assistance: Food vouchers (redeemable at Jewel on Chicago Avenue), canned goods and clothing vouchers for the needy.
Housing: Rent and utilities assistance (when funds are available).
After School Program:
For children ages 5 - 13, Monday - Friday between 3pm to 6pm. Transportation from Evanston schools,snack and homework assistance provided for a monthly fee. Extended care may be available.
Character Building Program:
Adventure Corps (boys ages 6-12),Sunbeams (girls 6-11),Girls Guards (girls 12-18) and Teen Reflection Cell Group (a drop-in time for teens 13-18). Meets Fridays 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Youth Music Program:
Activities for youth include Singing Company (ages 6-10),Junior Choir (ages 10-17),Junior Band (ages 13 and older) and Instructional Band (ages 6-15)
Summer Day Camp:
A day camp is offered for 8 weeks during the summer for children ages 5-12, between 7:30 am - 5:45pm, Monday through Friday.
Women's Programs also available, including sewing and Zumba groups
Located in the heart of Evanston, SLC fosters a strong early childhood community while integrating a developmentally appropriate curriculum. The Mission of School for Little Children is to educate, nurture and inspire all children and to support families in that endeavor. We seek to provide high quality and equitable early education in a community that embraces individuality and diversity while promoting the social-emotional and cognitive development of our students.
Adult/Child- 18-28 months
Preschool- 2, 3 and 4 year olds
Kindergarten- 5 year olds
Early/After School Care- Early Care at 8:30 AM; After Care - until 4:00 PM
Lunch & Learn Program
Fun in the Sun - 6 week summer program for children ages 2-6
Team Evanston is a competitive community-based soccer club committed to training players to perform at their best in a team environment. Development of technical and tactical skills for players of all levels of abilities is the focus of Team Evanston. Offers individual player training.
Three season (fall, winter and spring) playing options; registration fees. Indoor training facility at 2025 Dempster St., Evanston.
Summer 3v3 Camps
Team Evanston was officially founded in 1991 through the merger of Evanston’s two premier traveling youth soccer clubs – Gross Point Soccer and Pele Stars. The main purpose of the merger was to unite Evanston club soccer under one umbrella organization, and to improve the overall quality of youth soccer in Evanston. Both clubs had a great tradition in Evanston, but agreed it was time to pool resources and talents to create a better experience for both boys and girls in Evanston.
Today Team Evanston consists of 40 boys and girls team including approximately 600 children playing from U8 through U19. Though the organization is still run by a volunteer board, all teams have paid and licensed coaches. The club also has a paid director of coaching responsible for the hiring of coaches and development of curriculum for all age levels.
The Fund donates scholarships to public school children from families with limited financial resources for quality, fee-based summer programs. The Fund also sponsors Ted Fund Tuesdaysa weekly tutoring and mentoring program for adults and children, grades 3-6, on Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm. at the YMCA.
Oasis Summer Day Camp