Steve & Kate's Chicago - Lakeview
· DATES: Jun 25 - Aug 24, 2018
· 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 Ferguson, Self-Director
773-219-0133 |

Unique things about this location

  • Bell's main playground will be ours to use all summer. The north side of the outdoor space that encompasses this playground will be closed to the public when camp is in session.
  • All of the space we use at Bell is on the first floor and wheelchair accessible.
  • We ask that each camper bring a labeled, reusable water bottle daily. This will help us cut down on our use of non-recyclable plastic cups.
  • The slip 'n' slide will be in operation often and especially during hot days (90 degrees and higher). We recommend that families apply sunblock at home & send children with a bathing suit or change of clothes, and a towel daily if you believe your camper(s) will be tempted to get wet.

Location, Location, Location!

Really important information about Chicago - Lakeview

  • Our main and only entrance is off Oakley Avenue. Please look for our curbside check in tent in front of Door 1.
  • BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE LINK BELOW FOR THE VIRTUAL ORIENTATION. This provides information relevant to all of our camp locations, including information and videos about how to check-in/check-out, what to bring (and not bring), and so much more.

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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.

Sports – Each day, we’ll offer a featured sport for campers of all ages and abilities, and we’ll also schedule other active games throughout the day to spice things up.


Each day at camp, we offer at least one showstopper activity from our lineup of Specials. The Director at each location will decide when and how often to schedule each of their four Specials, so feel free to contact your Director to find out what will be scheduled each day.

Animatronic Ride-Ons – Take a spin around camp on one of our custom motorized Chicken, Moose, or Crocodile go karts! Helmets are required and will be provided if needed, but we highly encourage you to bring your own.

Drone Dome – Go head to head against other campers racing real drones in our custom Drone Dome flight obstacle course.

Inflatable Slip and Slide – Cool off in style on our giant inflatable slip and slide. Check with the Director to find out when this will be scheduled, and bring a swimsuit and towel if your child would like to participate.

Stadium – Jump into a game of hockey, soccer, dodgeball, or pillow polo inside of our custom inflatable stadium designed to amplify the action!


VG = Vegetarian, GF = Gluten Free, DF = Dairy 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.

Everyday items

  • Pizza - A classic slice of cheese pizza from Cooked Chicago.
  • Sandwich - Choice of nitrate and nitrite free turkey, ham, and cheddar on a ciabatta roll with condiments on the side. (EF, possible to make VG, GF and DF)
  • Hot dog - All-beef dog raised w/o antibiotics and free of phosphates, nitrates and nitrites. Condiments on the side. (EF, DF, possible to make GF)

Daily specials

  • Pesto Pasta - no-nut pesto with grape tomato and chopped broccoli from Cooked Chicago. (VG, SF, GF)
  • Lasagna - layers of pasta, tomato sauce, ground beef, and cheese from Cooked Chicago (SF)
  • Gyros - Shawarma chicken in a wheat pita with tzatziki, feta, cucumber, tomato, romaine from Cooked Chicago. (SF, EF)
  • Un-Kabobs - grilled chicken/veggies, rice , pineapple from Cooked Chicago. (GF, DF, SF, EF)
  • Ham & Cheese Quesadilla - smoked ham, swiss cheese and spinach in a wheat tortilla from Cooked Chicago (SF, EF)
  • Tamales - masa, beef and/or cheese from Cooked Chicago (GF, SF, EF)
  • Poke Bowl - sushi rice with mango, avocado, shredded carrot, diced cucumber, soy sauce, and pink pickled ginger topped with sesame seeds from Cooked Chicago. (VG, GF, EF, DF, SF option)
  • Stirfry Rice - with chicken/veggies from Cooked Chicago. (EF, DF, SF, GF)
  • Southwest Salad - brown rice, beans, corn, avocado, cheese, green peas, greens with ranch dressing from Cooked Chicago. (GF, VG, EF, SF)
  • BBQ Pork Stuffed Baked Potato - baked russet potato topped with pork butt, roasted corn, shredded cheddar and bbq sauce from Cooked Chicago. (GF, EF, DF option)

The basics

Contact info

Bell Elementary School,
3730 North Oakley Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60618

Email Sara:

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Camp dates

Jun 25 - Aug 24, 2018

Need more camp? Day Passes and Memberships can be used at any location.

Check out these other Chicagoland sites with different camp dates: Evanston - (Jun 12 - Aug 17) Oak Park River Forest - (June 12 - Aug 17)


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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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)


To learn more about our fees and how refunds work, check out the fees page.
Fees for our mentorship program are a little different; you can find those details on the mentorship page.

Buy 1 or more

$120 per day

Buy 5 or more

$100 per day

Buy 20 or more

$90 per day


$2,700 per child
(44 days of camp)

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