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CHICAGO, IL

Chicago Lakeview Summer Camp

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Here, we put kids in charge.

Preposterous? Possibly. Effective? You betcha.

When you trust kids, they trust themselves. For 43 years, we’ve put kids in charge of their own learning experience. As they try, fail, and learn on their own, they learn to trust their own judgment, and tackle the challenges of an ever changing world with creativity and confidence.

Campers choose minute to minute from a variety of activities. They’ll decide what they want to do, and for how long. Our job is to get out of their way, cheerlead creative risks, and provide just enough guidance to make sure nobody does anything totally* senseless.

*Totally senseless: By our definition, mistakes aren’t senseless. They’re how you learn.

Buy any number of days. Use them any time. Get refunds for unused days.

You can buy a Day Pass here and 22 there, or go for the whole shebang with a Summer Pass. You don’t even have to tell us when you’re going to show up (or pretend like you know when you’re going to show up). If you have unused passes left over, we’ll automatically refund them in full at summer’s end.

Lunch, snacks, and all hours, 8am–6pm, included.

Camp Details

DATES

Jun 12 - Aug 11

NOTES

Closed July 4th

HOURS

8am to 6pm

AGES

4-12

ADDRESS

Audubon Elementary
3500 N Hoyne Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

DIRECTOR

Sara

CALL/TEXT

773-219-0133

Activities for Every Interest

In the early morning and late afternoon, campers ramp up and wind down with recreational choices. For the bulk of the day, children will choose from the activities listed below. While we can’t say exactly what the day will look like, one thing is for sure: The campers are in control.

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MEDIA LAB

Campers will use scaffolded coding apps to build & play games on iPads. They'll also have the ability to produce stop-motion shorts on our custom animation stations, create music, or remix their favorite song.
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THE STAGE

Children will jump into the spotlight for dancing games and karaoke. Or spend time filming short movies in front of custom backdrops, or record your favorite TikTok dances with friends!
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SEWING SALON

Hand & machine sewing are available for campers of all ages. Children will also have options for embroidery & creating other artistic flare.
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WEEKLY SPECIALS

Additional activities to spice up the regular lineup. Each day we'll have either a recreational showstopper such as a giant inflatable, a workshop like dance, or a live show like a magician. 2023 weekly schedule coming soon!
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BAKERY

Experienced bakers & professional taste-testers unite to experiment with different bread recipes & creations. Kids choose from a variety of fillings, spices, & add-ons to customize the flavors before & after they bake.
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SPORTS & REC

Campers and staff join together to play soccer, gaga, capture the flag, or whatever games children are interested in that day.
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MAKERY

Imagination is the limit on what campers will create with a mix of maker kits, crafts, and art supplies.
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WATER PLAY

When the weather gets hot, we'll cool down with water games & activities such as water tag, sprinklers, or an inflatable slip n' slide (space & local water restrictions permitting).
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S&K TRADITIONS

Our 43+ year-long camp traditions continue with games such as Finding Chuckie (a beloved, mini rubber chicken), and Friday Pieday–where campers & staff can celebrate the end of the week with a whipped cream pie to the face.

Testimonials From Our Summer Camp in Lakeview

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.

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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.

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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.

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Fees

Maybe you’re the type who likes to plan ahead. Maybe you’re not. Either way, we’ve structured our fees to work around your calendar–whether you’re making it up on the fly or trying to crack the color code of a multi-tab Excel spreadsheet.

 

Buy any number of Day Passes or a Summer Pass, and use them whenever you’d like during the summer. You don’t even need to let us know when you plan to join–just show up! If for any reason your plans change, we’ll automatically refund your unused Passes in-full at summer’s end.

We also offer need-based financial aid to qualifying families. Learn more or submit an application, here.

All fees include lunch, snacks and all hours 8:00am to 6:00pm. 

Fee includes lunch, snacks, activities and all hours 8:00am to 6:00pm.

  • Buy any number of Day Passes and use them anytime
  • Upgrade to a Summer Pass at any time by purchasing 30 Day Passes per a given child
  • Unused Day Passes are automatically refunded in mid September

Fee includes lunch, snacks, activities and all hours 8:00am to 6:00pm.

  • One fee covers the entire summer–that’s up to 44 days of camp in Lakeview!
  • If you purchase a Summer Pass and use less than 30 days of camp, we’ll calculate what you would have paid at the Day Pass rate and refund you the difference automatically in mid September

STAFF

Tireless child advocates, who balance structure and guidance with staying out of campers’ ways. All staff members are background checked and trained in CPR & first-aid.

FOOD

We provide daily lunch options from a rotating variety of local restaurants and caterers. We’ll also offer an array of snacks for kids to nosh on throughout the day. Check out the daily menu below.

Details About Camp in Lakeview

Daily Express Check In & Wellness Survey

Staff and campers will complete a wellness survey and/or other screenings to identify any potential health concerns before arriving to camp each day.

Virtual Camp Orientation & Drop-off/Pick-Up Procedures

Check out our virtual camp orientation for everything you need to know before your first day of camp, coming this spring. Once we get closer to summer, we’ll email registered families a link to our virtual, camp orientation. This will provide important information such as camp drop-off & pick-up procedures, how to check-in and check-out of camp each day, what to bring (and not bring), and a few more camp details.

Lakeview Bakery Program

For our Bakery program, we may not be able to bake all campers’ projects if we experience inclement weather. Please be aware projects make come home uncooked on these days, but we’ll be sure to include instructions for how to bake it at home!

Lunch Times

We have three lunch periods that span from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All campers will eat within this time each day; there’s a chance your camper may eat at varying times each day though.

Daily Menu

VG= Vegetarian , VV= Vegan , GF = Gluten Free , SF = Soy Free , EF= Egg Free

*No items contain nuts or nut products. However, some may have been prepared in areas that also produce items with nuts. Please note that we will have three lunch periods that span from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at our Lakeview camp. All campers will eat within this time each day; there's a chance your camper may eat at varying times each day though.

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Contact Your Local Director

Our directors work year-round and would love to help you learn more about our program and at the same time learn more about you and your camper.

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This will be Sara’s 10th summer working with Steve & Kate’s!! When not at camp, you can usually find her playing soccer or cooking for friends. She’s taught herself how to make a mean, flaky, buttery biscuit, which is a pretty dangerous skill set to have!

This summer Sara is most excited to start some camper and staff chess competitions!

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