"Love the variety of activities and the mix between sports and crafts. The children come back with really neat crafts and also talk of the fun they had in activities."
"The kids had a blast, and they stayed active all summer. I am glad to have these programs available at reasonable rates!"
- Andrea, Kosciuszko Park
Looking to keep your kids active, engaged and safe this summer?
40,000 kids do just that each summer in Chicago Park District camps, all for a reasonable cost.
Spots are still available at a number of parks!
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Most camps cost between $1 and $3 per hour. Fees vary depending on the program, but are always affordable.
You’re sure to find a camp near you, close to home or work, with convenient hours - choose camp alone (6 hours) or add in early bird and/or extended camps to cover the full day (8-10 hours, varies by park).
There’s so much to do! Variety of activities was the #1 reason parents chose our camps. 2015 camp theme: Explore the Spirit of Chicago –My Neighborhood, Our City, will bring an added level of fun to camp this year. Learn more.
The #1 reason campers chose our camps, behind parent’s decision. Campers go on at least one trip each week.
Our staff is great! The overwhelming majority of parents surveyed said the quality of staff met or exceeded their expectations. Learn more about the day camp staff.
Standard Camps: Day Camp (6-12 yrs), Play Camp (3-5 yrs.), and Teen Camps (13-15).
Numerous specialty camps are also available.
"Petersen Park is the best camp in the City. The environment is excellent, the activities are age appropriate, the staff is supportive of every camper, the director knows all her kids and all the families."
- Jacqueline, Peterson Park
"I would just like to thank CPD for allowing my kids to have a very active and educational summer break. They got to meet new friends, learn new things, but most importantly they got to be kids which is hard in the city with all the violence. So I thank you all for giving them a safe, fun and educational outlet."
- Kathy, Northerly Island
"The camp supervisor and staff are dedicated to providing a safe and fun environment for my child. My son enjoyed attending Union Park, and he requested to return, even though his best friend was at another camp that we could have attended. However, he wanted to remain at Union Park."
- Vanessa, Union Park
"It was really a great experience for her first time. The director and assistant director are awesome! I love the theme they provided for the summer. It was just all around great!"
- Yamaich, Washington Park
"My kids really enjoyed the play camp with Ms. Ofelia at Piotrowski. She was a great leader and did a great job with the aids she had. My kids will miss going to camp, they looked forward to going every day. The Chicago Park District offers a great value to our city, thank you!"
- Marissa, Piotrowski Park
"THANK YOU to EVERYONE at Lake Shore Park (Dan, Mia, Angelo, Vance, Jasmine…) who made my son's day camp experience so wonderful. FUN, safe, nurturing environment. It was not our first year there and it was absolutely FANTASTIC - as always. CAN'T wait for next summer. We adore our LSP family!"
- Hilary, Lake Shore Park
"Ms. Sue and her counselors are so creative, with limited field house facilities at their disposal. We also think the rate is a steal for the level of service provided with lunch included. We will definitely recommend"
-Bridget, Beverly Park
"This was my son's third year in a summer camp. But it was my daughter's first year in the summer camp. I was a little weary of sending her to camp this summer because she has special needs. But I was grateful to find out that Chicago Park District provides an aide. My park was very helpful through the process and I am glad my daughter had a great summer camp experience. Her aide is the best ever."
- Elsa, Senka Park
"This is the third year my kids have gone to Olympia camp. They love it and they love all of their counselors."
- Olympia Park Parent/Guardian
"My 6 years old son had a great time at Oz Park day camp (1st experience), we wish it could last a little longer, until mid august ! The staff members are great and involved. We will definitely try to attend next year!"
– Carole, Oz Park
"The most amazing experience! The camp director Jill was great, the most creative craft ideas EVER! I can't tell you how impressed I am about your program. Jill and coach Emily rocked! My son loved it learned and had fun. Can't ask for anything more. Thank you for providing this service."
- Aimie, Mt. Greenwood Park
"My child LOVED his camp experience. Every day when I would pick him up, he would not be ready to leave. I ask what did you do today and he would go on and on about how much fun he had. My child made new friends and the staff was so friendly. My child looked forward to being at camp every morning at 8:00am and staying until 6:00pm."
- Kimberly, Jackson Park
"My children were surrounded by very positive and patient staff. They are respectful, excellent role models, and helpful."
- Carmen, Riis Park
"Tuley Park regular staff are AWESOME!!! We love them! The summer camp staff, this year, was equally as awesome and we hope to see them again next year! :)"
- Rivanna, Tuley Park
The Chicago Park District has limited funds available to provide financial assistance for families who wish to enroll in the 2015 summer day camp program.
No need to pack a lunch. We got this. There is such a thing as a free lunch here, and snack too. Menus to come soon.
Frequently asked questions about the Chicago Park District Summer Day Camp.
Source: stats provided based on 2014 parent day camp survey.