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: Stop Motion Animation @ A Little Photo Studio
Come enjoy milk & cookies alongside stop motion animation stations at the adorable A Little Photo Studio! 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
Chicagoland: Parents' Night Out
Parents, this is date night made simple! This is your chance to have a night out in the West Loop while your kids hangout with Steve & Kate's Camp. We will be hosting a Parents' Night at Imagination Children's Academy. Dinner is provided, along with our Stop Motion Animation Stations, Mancala Boards, and lots of other fun activities (geared for ages 3-12)! This event is free of charge. UPDATE: This event is full, but feel free to RSVP and join our waitlist. We'll let you know if a spot opens up for your family!
When: Sat April 29th 2017 5:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Where: 1144 West Madison St. Chicago, 60607
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 with 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: Wed May 17th 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
Lakeview: Chicago Kids' Day
Join Steve & Kate's Camp for the 11th annual Chicago KIDS Day and 21st annual Chicago Mayfest, featuring Chicago’s best bands, festival cuisine, artisans, and a wide variety of specialty entertainers. Families are encouraged to stop by for a day of fun, food, and important resources to help make Chicago’s kids safer, healthier and more productive citizens. Steve & Kate's will be in tow with activities and ready to answer any camp questions you have. We'll be on the corner of Ashland & Barry. Please visit to learn more!
When: Sat May 20th 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Where: Ashland & Barry, Chicago, IL 60657
Lakeview: Launchpad Hangout
Is your camper entering Pre-K or Kindergarten? Or do you have a camper who will be joining us for the first time and could use a little extra support? Or do you have a returning Launchpad camper who wants to know what's new this year? Come hangout with Sara, Lakeview Launchpad staffers and other families at Bell's amazing outdoor space! We'll provide treats, games and of course all the answers to your camp questions. Look for us near the playgrounds!
When: Sun May 21st 2017 2:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Where: 3730 N. Oakley Avenue
Lakeview: Coffee Chat @ Blue Sky Bakery
Bring your questions about camp this summer and enjoy a cup of something delicious on Sara! Simply stop by Blue Sky Bakery anytime between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and look for her with her S&K laptop. She'll be enjoying one of their heavenly scones and will most likely talk you into getting one too. Future campers welcome!
When: Thu May 25th 2017 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where: 3720 N Lincoln Ave # 1, Chicago, IL 60613
Lakeview: Tuesday’s Child Family Fun Day & 5K
Join Steve & Kate's Camp, once again, to raise funds for Tuesday's Child exceptional services in the Chicagoland area. The event will feature a 5K Walk & Fun Run followed by a Family Carnival with games, food and entertainment. If you're interested in running or walking in the 5K, you'll want to RSVP through their website (not our link below). RSVP with us just to hang out. We'll be on the South Lawn and in the lobby of DeVry University.
When: Sun June 04th 2017 8:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Where: 3300 N Campbell Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Lakeview: Coffee Chat @ Two Hearted Queen
Do you still have questions about camp? This is your last chance to talk to Sara in person in the calm, cool environment of Two Hearted Queen! Stop by anytime between 7 a.m and 10 a.m. Let Sara answer your questions and treat you to your drink of choice. Ask the wonderful staff for help if you can't seem to find her. Future campers welcome!
When: Tue June 06th 2017 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where: 1201 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60657


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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Would you be interested in hosting international staff or staff from elsewhere in the US this summer? If so, we’re hoping to connect you with those staff members.

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