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Chicago - North Center Summer Camp

Coonley Elementary, 4046 N Leavitt St., Chicago, IL 60618


North Center Summer Day Camp

All year long, kids find themselves encased in rigid structure.

When summer comes, we give them what they desperately need — freedom to expand and evolve. At Steve & Kate’s, campers choose which activities they do, whom they do it with and for how long. For kids, this experience is pure joy. It’s also a kind of training ground for life, where they’ll need to be empowered and independent and resilient and responsible for their own decisions. Happy human-ing starts here.

Grown-ups adore freedom, too.

We’ve described the magical gift you give your kids when you empower them to make their own decisions. Now let’s talk hardcore convenience for you:

  • Buy a Summer Pass and send your kid to camp any day you want? Check.
  • Drop them off and pick them up whenever you want? Yup.
  • Long camp hours, all included in your camp fee? Totally.
  • Tasty meals and snacks, also included? You bet.
  • Get an automatic refund for unused days at summer’s end? For sure.
  • Do you desire this kind of freedom? Yes, you do.

The camper’s dilemma.

Coding. Sewing. Baking. Making. Sporting. Lounging. Every day, campers face the excruciating task of choosing from these and many more engrossing activities. Some select a mix of many. Others burrow deep into one or two. Every morning, they face a brand new day bristling with terrible trade-offs and tantalizing possibilities.



Create animated art in our bustling Media Lab, as you breathe life into your stories via stop-motion “shorts” filmed on our purpose-built animation stages.
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Use customized patterns and challenges—and a mix of hand and machine sewing—to manufacture bags, clothing and other fashionable, funky creations. This year campers can even use stencils to design their own fabric.


Absorb hands-on coding concepts using curated iPad apps with drag-and-drop platforms that cater to both early and advanced readers. Our approach gamifies the learning process to put power in the hands of new coders.


Move and groove with motion-based games like Just Dance, or film your own music videos with friends. New this year campers can also make puppets for our custom theater. Want to burst out in song and dance, or act out a gripping dramatic scene? This is your big moment.


Leverage leading-edge robotic technology to empower your learning and problem-solving. Choose from guided activities and self-directed games, plus tools like robot landscapes and custom mazes.


Bake up a storm in our wildly popular test kitchen. Choose fillings, spices, and add-ons, explore new flavors, and customize confections to satisfy your discerning palate.


Release your inner innovator with crafts, inventor kits, 3D pens, and giant foam blocks. Construct take-home projects or collaborate on large-scale builds such as forts or thrones. Our hand-selected STEAM-based materials fuel your curiosity and inspire exploration.
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Participate in decades-old Steve & Kate’s traditions like Find Chuckie—our beloved, elusive, rubber chicken—and Friday Pie-Day—where you can cap off a productive week by treating friends and camp staffers to a refreshing pie in the face.


Run, jump, throw, kick, play. Each site is equipped with go-karts and additional athletic gear optimized for the available fields and play spaces. Team up with peers and staffers to play sports, design games, concoct obstacle courses and more.


Every day, experience a special, show- stopping activity. A giant inflatable, a musical performance or guest speaker, a movement class, obstacle course—anything’s possible. We’ll announce our official 2024 specials lineup this spring.


On a sweltering summer afternoon, nothing keeps you cooler than games and activities like water tag, inflatable slip n’ slides and giant sprinklers. Wherever space, weather, and local water restrictions allow ‘em, we provide ‘em.
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Enter a pulsating paradise of foosball, marble mazes and other indoor diversions. Retreat to a quiet corner with sensory objects, puzzles and fidget toys. Or immerse yourself in a selection from our library of books curated for all ages and interests.

Extra action.

At Steve & Kate’s, enough is never enough. So every week we supplement our main offering of awesome activities with thrill-inducing weekly specials. Here’s what’s coming this summer to your location:

JUNE 10 - JUNE 14

Fairy Wing Craft
Tuesday, 6/11
Campers can get their own set of fairy wings in Tinker, to draw on, add to, and wear around camp!

Wednesday, 6/12
Campers can bounce around on a dinosaur-themed bounce house on the turf!

Dinosaur Egg Craft
Thursday, 6/13
Campers can decorate their very own dinosaur egg (with a special dinosaur surprise inside) in Tinker!

Friday, 6/14
Campers can make materials at camp to dress up as a dinosaur, fairy, or other mythical creature!

JUNE 17 - JUNE 21

Disco- Dome Inflatable
Monday, 6/17
Campers can bounce around AND dance to some fun tunes in a disco dance-party inflatable bounce house on the turf!

Tie-Dye Day
Wednesday, 6/19 10 AM
Campers should bring something white: a t-shirt, pillowcase, pair of socks, pants, etc. to tie-dye at camp!

Drag Story Hour
Friday, 6/21
Campers can join Muffy Fishbasket for a story-time hour in the gym!

Friday, 6/21
Rainbow day! Campers can wear their favorite colors to camp, their tie-dye creations from Wednesday, or use their favorite colors to create something in Sewing!

JUNE 24 - JUNE 28

Super-Hero Cape Craft
Monday, 6/24
Campers can create their very own super-hero capes (and other accessories) in the sewing room and wear them around camp!

Julian the Magician
Wednesday, 6/26
Campers can watch Julian the Magician perform MAGIC in the gym!

Batman Obstacle Course
Friday, 6/28
Campers can put on their bravest superhero faces and bounce through a Batman obstacle course outside on the turf!

Friday, 6/28
Campers can dress up as their favorite superhero (fictional or non-fictional), wear their cape creations from Monday, or use materials in Sewing to create other accessories!


Color-Me-In Beach Ball Craft
Monday, 7/1
Campers can get beach-ready by decorating their very own inflatable beach ball in Tinker!

Water Shark Slide
Tuesday, 7/2
Campers can enjoy sliding down an inflatable water slide, shaped like a friendly shark, outside on the turf!

Bubble Machine
Wednesday, 7/3
Campers can run through a wonderland of bubbles outside on the turf!

Water Balloon Fight
Friday, 7/5 3PM
One-chance only! Campers get to throw water balloons at the counselors before pie-day festivities!

Friday, 7/5
Campers can create fins in Sewing, or come dressed as their favorite sea creature (sharks, fish, mermaids, pirates oh my)!

JULY 8 - JULY 12

Inflatable Archery
Wednesday, 7/10
Campers can test out their archery skills (safely) on this inflatable archery set-up on the turf!

Treasure Hunt
Thursday, 7/11
Campers can team up and compete in an all-day, camp-wide treasure hunt to win a prize!

Toilet Racers
Friday, 7/12
A North Center favorite! Campers can ride around on toilet-shaped go-karts on the turf!

Friday, 7/13
Campers can create a jersey in Sewing, or come wearing their favorite sports attire!

JULY 15 - JULY 19

Make-Your-Own Planet Craft
Monday, 7/15 2PM
Campers can make their very own planets out of ping-pong balls, tea-light candles, and paint in the MPR! They make great bedside nightlights.

Mad Science Show
Wednesday, 7/17
Campers can enjoy a beautiful fire-and-ice science show put on by Mad Science in the gym!

Space Shuttle Slide
Friday, 7/19
Campers can feel what it’s like to climb to space and slide back down to earth on this 20′ inflatable space shuttle slide!

Friday, 7/19
Campers can create alien ears in Tinker (and other accessories) or come dressed up in their favorite astronaut, alien, or space-themed gear!

JULY 22 - JULY 26

Belle’s Music Class
Monday, 7/22 2PM
Campers can learn all about the element of sound, musical notes, and different kinds of instruments with Belle in the gym!

Make-Your-Own Drum Craft
Tuesday, 7/23 2PM
Campers can make their very own mini drums in the MPR with coffee cans, balloons, and rubber-bands!

Garrity Musical Story Hour
Wednesday, 7/24 2PM
Campers can join Amanda and Michael Garrity in the gym for a musical story hour!

Local Rock Band Performance
Friday, 7/26 2PM
Campers can join a local independent band in the gym for a rock concert!

Friday, 7/26
Campers can show up in their favorite rock-star gear or create accessories in Tinker and Sewing!


Bobbing for Apples Inflatable
Tuesday, 7/30
Campers can “bob for apples” on a bungee-line inflatable on the turf!

Kid-Create Monster Craft
Thursday, 8/1 2PM
Campers can join a craft session with Kid-Create Studios to a monster face craft!

Friday, 8/2
Campers can join our Summerween festivities and either come in their favorite Halloween costume, or make something fun in Sewing or Tinker!


Stuffie Craft
Monday- Wednesday
Campers can create mini stuffed animals in Sewing! Fictional or non-fictional!

Stop-Motion Film Contest
Thursday, 8/8 2PM
Campers can show off their best animal-themed stop-motion films during a film-screening for the chance to win a prize!

Flying Fox Animal Show
Friday, 8/9 2PM
Campers can enjoy an educational animal show and get the chance to see some wild/exotic animals from our friends with Flying Fox, out on the turf!

Friday, 8/9
Campers can create their favorite animal accessories in Sewing, or come wearing their favorite animal costumes!


Monday, 8/10 10 AM
Campers can listen to the smooth and stylish drummings of the AED drum-line on the turf!


Campers can leave all normal camp activities in the back of their minds and immerse themselves in something new. They can compete in various carnival games, bounce on new inflatables, ride fun rides, and get a chance to win prizes!

Youngest campers fly solo, but there’s a net.

Most kids take to life at Steve & Kate’s like the naturally hardy individuals they are. For some, especially our younger campers, it can take a little longer to get their wings. That’s why each camp has staff dedicated specifically to supporting our youngest campers. Helping these campers discover their camp magic is the whole point of our Youngest Camper Support Staff, and every time it’s exhilarating to behold.


Eat your heart out.

Life without delicious food sucks. That’s why our cuisine de camp features a mouth-watering array of tasty, nourishing grub. In partnership with fan favorite restaurants, we keep kids fired up with food they love — from piping hot pizza to salubrious Caesar salads to tangy tomato soup, and much more. Our menus include rotating specials as well as healthy snacks and sides kids can grab whenever their fuel gauge dips into the red. Chomp, chomp. Munch, munch.

What’s on the menu.


What camp costs.

Perhaps you are a grown-up who loves to plan. Or maybe you’re an expert of the fine art of logistical improvisation. Miraculously, our camp fees are designed to scratch both of your respective itches. Buy any number of Day Passes or a Summer Pass, and use them whenever you want during the summer. Don’t even bother to let us know when you’re coming — just roll up. If your plans change, don’t sweat it. We’ll automatically refund your unused Passes in full at summer’s end. How many other camps can offer you that level of flexibility?*

*Not one that we know of.

Day Pass and Summer Pass fees cover the entire Steve & Kate’s experience, including lunch, snacks, activities and the entire day from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

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 North Center!
  • 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
Camp details

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Jun 10 - Aug 16


Closed 7/4


8am to 6pm


4-12 | We also offer a Mentorship Program for ages 14-15


Coonley Elementary
4046 N Leavitt St.,
Chicago, IL 60618





Additional info for denizens of North Center

Mentorship Program

We’re excited to offer our Mentorship Program at this camp location for Summer 2024!

Intended exclusively for children ages 14-15, our Mentorship Program is an experience where participants can get a taste of what it’s like to be a counselor and develop leadership skills, while upholding our self-directed philosophy.

With the supervision of Steve & Kate’s staff, Mentees (our program participants) will help facilitate camp activities, engage with campers, and help encourage camper connection and participation. The program utilizes self-directed learning to support Mentees in their development into young adults ready to take on more responsibilities.

Mentorship Rates:

Mentorship Day Pass Rate: $90
Mentorship Summer Pass Rate: $2,700
Returning Mentees: $0

Per usual, any unused Mentorship Day Passes will be automatically refunded in full at summer’s end. If you purchase a Mentorship Summer Pass and end up using less than 30 days of camp, then we’ll calculate what you would have paid at the daily rate and refund you the difference automatically.

Mentorship Application

To participate in the Mentorship Program, please submit an application here. Please note that Mentees must attend the camp location they apply for. Once approved, your local director will email you with instructions for completing registration. If you have any questions, please reach out to your local director.

Playground Notice

Please note that the enclosed playground space outside our campus will be open to the public during the summer, and will not be used by Steve & Kate’s Camp. The playground space is fenced-off and separate from our camp area.

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

Virtual Camp Orientation: 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.

Campus & Accessibility Details

Coonley Elementary is ADA-accessible


These people are very smart. You should listen to them.

My son loves Steve & Kate's! He started going there when he was 4 and though I was initially worried about how he'd do in the new environment everyone was so supporting and helpful that he did just fine. He's now 6 and is eager to get back there as soon as he can. I love that they promote self-exploration. He's come home with superhero masks and capes he made himself as well with a new found knowledge of checkers and chess. I also like that they rally all together every morning and value equity and diversity. There is a lot of kindness and support at Steve & Kates, which helps teach my son the type of values I want him to have as he grows.
Monica S.

(S&K parent)

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My 6-year old went to Steve & Kate's in Oakland this summer and I don't know who loved it more, me or her! She loved seeing many familiar faces from school and other camps she's been to (unplanned), the food (!), the activities (like making her own video with friends, learning to knit, baking bread) and the freedom to roam and make decisions for herself.
Jessica G.

(S&K parent)

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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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So much more than
a job.

For our team members, giving kids the space to liberate their true potential becomes a kind of calling. Think of them as a high-energy, warm-hearted crew of child advocates who deftly balance two invaluable skills — that of providing structure and guidance, and that of staying the heck out of campers’ ways. If that’s not enough, they’re all background-checked and trained in CPR and first-aid. Say “hi” to them at camp — they’d love to meet you.

Mentorship Program

This camp location also participates in a Mentorship Program (or junior counselor program) for teens who might want to work at camp some day or who just aren’t quite ready to give up that sweet camper life. This program guides children ages 14-15 through camp experiences aimed to develop their leadership skills, all while honoring our approach to self-directed learning. Learn more, here.


Steve & Kate's Events

Join us at an upcoming virtual Information Session to learn all the camp basics. We’ll give a quick presentation and overview on our program, and then answer any questions you have. Please note that Information Sessions are open to all Steve & Kate’s Camps, and are not specific to any given location. All Information Sessions are listed in ET.

Local Events

Your camp director

Meet your illustrious camp director.

Our camp directors are year-round employees. That means you are free to contact them anytime with your questions about life at Steve & Kate’s, or questions about life in general.

Sydney Sargis



Syd’s began directing in 2023, but joined Steve & Kate’s Camp in 2017! Syd even taught herself how to bake at camp, while leading the Baking activity in 2018. When not at camp you can usually find Syd playing the bass or at a concert or a friends’ show.

This year Syd is most excited to hold a camp-wide music video competition!

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