Steve & Kate's Oak Park River Forest
· DATES: Jun 12 - Aug 17, 2018
· ADDRESS: St. Vincent Ferrer School, 1515 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest


I'm so excited to be stepping up into the Self Director role this summer. I've worked with S&K for 3 summers in both Oak Park / River Forest and Evanston. I love working with youth and seeing what they can explore when given the space and freedom to follow their own passions. Camp will be here before you know it - are you ready?

John Quade, Summer Director
773-295-4866 |

Unique things about this location

  • Our outdoor space boasts a large grass field, play structure and blacktop space.
  • Water activities will be available on hot and sunny days until lunch. We recommend that families apply sunblock at home and send children with a bathing suit or change of clothes, and a towel.

Location, Location, Location!

Really important information about Oak Park River Forest

  • For Pick-up & Drop-off please use the doors located on LeMoyne.
  • If you arrive after 9:30am, please ring the doorbell located on the doors located at LeMoyne.
  • 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.

Online orientation »

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.

Soccer & Kickball
Dodgeball & Coneball
Hockey & Pillow Polo
Capture the Flag & Steal the Rubber Chicken
Director's Choice


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.
  • 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 and DF available)
  • 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

St. Vincent Ferrer School,
1515 Lathrop Avenue,
River Forest, IL 60305

Email John:

Call or text John:

Camp dates

Jun 12 - Aug 17, 2018

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

Check out these other Chicago city-sites which all run until Aug 24: Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and West Loop.


Daily drop off and pick up will occur through the South door of the school, facing Le Moyne Pkwy on the corner of Lathrop Ave. This door will be our main and only entrance for camp.


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I have only seen my son's confidence continue to soar since starting at Steve & Kate's camp. I am so appreciative of the model the founders created and the ability of you and your staff to carry it out with such enthusiasm and compassion. This is truly the quickest, most positive shift towards greater independence and socialization with peers I have ever seen in him. Thank you. - Laura (Oak Park River Forest parent)
We have a 5 year old having the summer of her (admittedly short to date) life. She dances her face off then comes home flushed and happy from a day with buddies of all ages with a loaf of kid-baked bread to boot. Beyond our daughter's experience, every parent touch point has been top notch… the camp has proven itself beyond our hopefulest hopes. - Julie B. (Oak Park River Forest parent)
How much do I and my kids love this camp? Honestly there are days I consider quitting my job and hanging with them at camp! My kids love the regular staff who are happy, helpful and pleasant. My kids love the food (no packing lunches!!) and the camp is vegetarian friendly. This camp is a lifesaver whether your kids go one day or the whole summer. - Cami M. (Oak Park River Forest 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
(48 days of camp)

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