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.
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.
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.
*Information from Summer 2023 and subject to change for 2024
8am to 6pm
4-12 | We also offer a Mentorship Program for ages 14-15
Chicago World Language Academy
1340 West Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60607
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.
Our daughter has been attending Steve & Kate’s camp for 3 summers at the West Loop location. Steve & Kate’s has been a great experience for our entire family. As a parent I love the convince of an open time frame throughout the day. I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly the staff connected me with my daughter, learned her name, and my name as well. Getting to really know and relate to the staff helped ease my mind about leaving my daughter at camp for the day. In fact, as a family we have befriended 2 -3 of the staff members and they are now more like family. The facility was always clean, organized, and well maintained. We are grateful to have found Steve & Kate’s camp and so grateful to have connected with Amy the director. Our daughter looks forward to eventually mentoring at Steve & Kate's in a year or two.
Steve & Kate’s is amazing. My daughters talk about going all year long! It can be difficult to drop your kids off somewhere all day while you work. In three summers at Steve & Kate’s, I️ have never once had my kids say they didn’t want to go in the morning... and they have often complained I️ pick them up too early. It’s a wonderful feeling to know your kids are not only safe but having tons of fun. The staff is amazing, they are people who are genuinely interested in working with kids. Would recommend Steve & Kate’s to anyone!
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.
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.
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.
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 Day Pass Rate: $85
Mentorship Summer Pass Rate: $2,550
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.
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.
The main entrance is on Congress Parkway next to the parking lot. Families are allowed to use the parking lot, as long as their car is out of the lot by 6pm.
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.
We have a ton of additional activities planned for this summer. Check them out:
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. Get in touch with your local Director:
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