Steve & Kate's Chicago - Lincoln Park
· DATES: Jun 26 - Aug 25, 2017
· ADDRESS: Alcott Elementary, 2625 North Orchard Street, Chicago

My favorite community.

I’ve spent 15+ years working for organizations that served kids, but Steve & Kate's is refreshingly different. I love how it marries my love of relationships across kids, parents, teachers, schools, neighbors, and the community. The relationships, they are what truly matters to me. We're all in this together, so let's talk. I think about the needs of campers AND the parent's, which is very important. That creates a real sense of community and it allows kids to feel inspired, feel free, and independently confident to make their own choices. There are moments that we work hard for, where we can literally watch a kid's confidence grow and, to me, nothing is better than that. - Jen

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We have sent our kids to Steve & Kate’s Camp for the past few years, and we can’t say enough good things about the program! While the variety of activities are wonderful, what makes this camp what it is, is the incredible staff. The have provided a safe and loving environment for my kids to go to daily – one where the kids have a blast and one where I feel comfortable sending them each day. I know they care about each of the kids and treat them as if they were their own. I only wish Steve & Kate’s camp was around when I was a kid! - Tara B. (Lincoln Park parent)
Jen and her staff were awesome. It was my son’s first time experiencing summer camp and it could not have been a more memorable experience. From a parent perspective, I could not have asked for a more caring and passionate group of people. It was obvious from day one that every single camp counselor and staff member truly cares about all of the kids and making their camp experience the best and most memorable possible. I cannot wait for him to participate again next summer, we’re counting down the days. - Michelle S. (Lincoln Park parent)
I love how much my daughter loves everyday. She had me drop her off early and pick her up late, everyday. - Jennifer G. (Lincoln Park 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.

Check out these other IL sites with different camp dates: Evanston - (June 13 - Aug 18) River Forest - (June 12 - Aug 18)   Steve & Kate's is aware of the possibility of the CPS calendar changing. If you're not signed up to receive our email updates, please subscribe below. 


Daily drop-off and pick-up will occur at the school's main entrance on Orchard: a northbound one-way road entered from W. Wrightwood Ave. This will be our only entrance/exit for camp. Street parking around the school does not require any permit until 6pm.


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Lincoln Park Coffee Chat: Le Pain Quotidian
Come by Le Pain Quotidian to ask all your questions about camp! Anytime is fine between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and I'd love to buy you your morning cup of joe! Ask the friendly baristas if you can't seem to find me. They'll point me out.
When: Wed April 26th 2017 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where: Le Pain Quotidien 1000 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
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
Lincoln Park Drop-In Launchpad Meet Up
Do you have a camper who is PreK or will be entering Kindergarten? Or a camper who will be attending for the first time and could use a little extra support?  Or maybe a returning Launchpad camper who wants to know what's new for this year? Drop by anytime from 10:30am - 12:30pm and meet some of our staff. Onsite we will have our Director, one of our Assistant Directors and a few of our counselors. This is a great opportunity to learn about what Steve & Kate’s has to offer in 2017 and to make some new friends before camp starts. We'll provide more info about Launchpad and answer any of your camp questions along the way. Kids will also have the chance to try out Animation Stations, mancala, Breadmaking, and other camp activities. Snacks will also be provided. Look for us near the playgrounds! If the weather is not sunshine and rainbows, we will move this event indoors to Next Door Cafe (659 W. Diversy Parkway). Please ask the receptionist to point you to S&K Camp's space.
When: Sat May 13th 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Alcott Elementary School 2625 N. Orchard St, Chicago, IL, 60614 on the playground. If raining, the event will be held at Next Door Cafe (659 W Diversey Parkway)
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.
When: Wed May 17th 2017 3:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Where: (Smallcakes) 3054 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, Starbucks is literally across the street 🙂
Lincoln Park: Final Info Night
Last chance to attend at 2017 Info Night! Join us in the Alcott School Auditorium for a short presentation, we'll tell you what is new and exciting at camp, answer your questions, and take a guided group tour through our camp space! Oh, and snacks, we will have snacks!
When: Thu May 25th 2017 5:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Where: Alcott Elementary School (Auditorium) 2625 N. Orchard Chicago, IL, 60614


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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Staff hosting program

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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