Steve & Kate's Chicago - Lakeview
· DATES: Jun 26 - Aug 25, 2017
· ADDRESS: Bell Elementary School, 3730 North Oakley Avenue, Chicago

Summer can't come quickly enough.

Three years ago, a friend introduced me to Steve & Kate's. I was immediately drawn to the radical freedom of choice for campers, and the flexibility for the families. I live for camp days with the smell of fresh bread in the air, giggles from friends making films together, and self-actualized heroes running about oblivious to adult judgment and expectations. I nerd out over our philosophy and can talk about it for days (literally). Summer awaits! Can you press fast-forward to June? - Sara

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I was incredibly impressed with the camp and have told many of our friends about it. The entire team at the Lakeview location was fantastic and I loved that my kids felt so welcome there. They both learned so much this summer and are already talking about how excited they are to come back to camp next summer. Thanks for making it all easy. - Marisa P. (Lakeview parent)
The staff was really wonderful at the Chicago-Lakeview location. They were all highly personable and warm with our children. I always appreciated hearing how much they enjoyed spending the day with our kids. They made me feel like my kids were part of a family. - Amy S. (Lakeview parent)
Thank you so much for an amazing summer. (He) is like a different kid. We've found our camp, and it was the first summer that wasn't stressful for our family. The counselors were awesome. Can't wait for next year! - Kelly D. (Lakeview parent)

Activities for every interest.

Whatever your child’s passion, they can push their limits at our camp.
Stop-motion animation, fashion, coding, breadmaking, sports, music, dance, and so much more.

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What can I expect?

  • Unbiased adults who believe in your child's potential
  • Freedom for children to design their own learning experience
  • Immersive & creative studios with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Healthy and delicious lunch and snacks (plus, kids can make their own!)
  • First-aid and CPR-trained staff

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Camp dates

Jun 26 - Aug 25, 2017

Need more camp? Day Passes and Memberships can be used at any location.

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Daily drop-off and pick-up will occur at the school's main entrance on Oakley Avenue. This will be our only entrance/exit for camp. Street parking around the school is available on Oakley, Waveland, Claremont and Grace.


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Chicagoland: Storytelling Celebration
Join Steve & Kate's Camp, in collaboration with Story Pirates, to celebrate World Storytelling Day. Explore the art of storytelling with your family, from start to finish. INSPIRE your creativity by viewing the animated shorts from Story Pirates. CREATE your own cast of characters and discover the plot to their story. Finally, SHARE your story by bringing it to life! Try your hand at stop-motion animation, by creating an animated short film. The characters are waiting to be discovered; the story is waiting to be told. All supplies will be provided, along with snacks and refreshments!
When: Sun March 26th 2017 2:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Where: Industrious Chicago 320 W. Ohio St, 3w Chicago, IL
Lakeview: Coffee Chat @ Spoken Cafe
Swing by Spoken Cafe and let's chat! Let me treat you to a cup of coffee (or tea). We can chat about camp and get to know each other. Future campers & friends are welcome to join! Come by anytime between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.  Look for Sara in her Steve & Kate's shirt or ask the wonderful barista where she's sitting.
When: Mon March 27th 2017 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where: 1812 W Montrose Ave Chicago, IL 60613
Lakeview: Juice & Jokes @ Left Coast
Armed with some top notch juices and a joke to break the ice, Sara will be ready to answer every question you have about camp this summer at Left Coast. She legitimately only knows like 2 decent jokes, so please, bring one of your own too. Come anytime between 4 - 6 p.m. and your drink of choice is on us! Look for Sara in her S&K shirt or ask the barista where she is sitting.
When: Tue April 11th 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: 2878 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Lakeview: Cheers to Summer @ Bitter Pops
Summer is sneaking up on us! Make sure you're ready. Stop by Bitter Pops on Lincoln for drinks and snacks on Sara. Bring your questions about camp, friends and family. We'll be in the tasting room towards the back. This is open house style so pop in anytime between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
When: Sat April 22nd 2017 2:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Where: 3345 N Lincoln Ave #102, Chicago, IL 60657
Chicagoland: Stop Motion Animation @ Heritage Littles
Come enjoy milk & cookies alongside stop motion animation stations at the adorable Heritage Littles! This is event is free but please RSVP "here"(not our link below) to reserve your spot. Bring your questions about camp, your sweet tooth and your imaginations!
When: Fri April 28th 2017 4:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Where: 2868 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60657
Lakeview: Coffee Chat @ Delicious
Join Sara at the cozy, artsy Delicious Cafe anytime between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. for a drinks, treats and answers for all your camp questions. Bring a friend or a future camper; everyone is welcome. If you don't spot her right away, ask the lovely baristas and they'll direct you to her.
When: Thu May 04th 2017 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where: 3827 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Lakeview & Lincoln Park: Cupcakes or Coffee?
Life is full of choices. We'd hate to make you pick between the glorious treats at Smallcakes and your oh-so-needed caffeine fix. So with that in mind, please join us at Smallcakes and/or Starbucks (right across the street) for a pick me up and a chance to meet Sara & Jen in person. Sara will be armed with cupcakes and Jen will be prepped tall, grande and venti drinks. You bring those questions about Summer 2017 and future campers anytime between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
When: Mon May 08th 2017 3:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Where: 3054 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Lakeview: Final Info Night
Last chance! We cordially invite you and the whole family to come by for a short presentation, snacks, Stop Motion animation and a tour of Bell. Bring all of your questions about Summer 2017. Meet us in the auditorium.
When: Thu May 18th 2017 6:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Where: 3730 North Oakley Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618


Each day at camp, we feature at least one of three show stoppers from our lineup for campers to experience. Directors at each location will decide when and how often to schedule each of these Specials, so feel free to contact your Director to find out what will be scheduled each day.

Slip and Slide - Cool off in style in our inflatable slip and slide. Weather permitting, this will be offered most afternoons. Please bring a swimsuit and towel if your camper would like to participate.

Smart Karts - Get behind the wheel of one of Silicon Valley's latest and greatest inventions: the first electric smart-kart for kids. Campers must wear helmets while driving go-karts. While the camp will provide helmets, we prefer and encourage you to provide your own if you have one and your child would like to participate.

Zorbs - Climb inside of one of our giant 10' inflatable hamster balls and weave your way through an obstacle course as fast as a hamster.

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