Day Camp

Three girls gather for a photo together.

The opportunity to be with old friends and make new ones is a big part of the day camp experience.

Day camp kids draw with chalk on the sidewalks in Loyola park.

Creative fun outdoors in the sun!

Campers get the opportunity to enjoy time relaxing outdoors.

Campers get the opportunity to enjoy time relaxing outdoors.

A girl looks close up at a spider inside a glass jar.

Kids have fun and learn a little too, with exciting camp activities.

A camp counselor plays games with a group of girls in day camp.

Camp counselors play a vital role in keeping kids engaged and happy throughout the summer

Campers enjoy a nature themed recreational game that has them running.

Fun recreational activities that keep campers active are a big part of camp life.

Summer Camp Fun!

Summer Camp Fun!

Campers perform at their end of camp event.

To celebrate another great summer, most camps put on an end of camp performance like this one.

Camper from River Park gather together in the pool.

Water fun is part of the camp experience at most parks.

Day camp kids all in their camp t-shirts, gather together for a group photo.

Camp means friendships and fun in the sun.

The Chicago Park District is the hot spot for kids this summer.  For the ultimate summer camp experience, look no further than your local park!  With a variety of camp offerings, you're sure to find an option to match your needs.

Camp programs can be found at more than 200 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences.

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2014 DATES:

Online Registration   Began 4/7 and 4/8 
In-Person Registration   Began 4/12 and 4/14
Camp Starts*  6/23/14 
Camp Ends* 8/1/14



*traditional 6-week camp

View a list of August camp offerings

View the day camp lunch menu

Note: The main 6-week camp runs 6/23-8/1.  This menu runs 6/16-8/14, covering early summer camps and late summer camps offered at select parks.

IMPORTANT:  Before you register for camp this summer, please make sure to update
your account information, with specific focus on your child's school information
and pick up information (who's approved to pick up your child, is he/she able to walk
home alone).  Learn more.


Get a taste of what camp has to offer, watch our day camp video:


Camp FAQ's

What are the summer camp hours?
Hours vary. Traditional camp hours are typically no less than 6 hours per day (such as 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or 10 a.m.-4 p.m.), Monday thru Friday. Many parks offer early morning and extended late day camp sessions as well. 

When does the camp session begin? When does it end?
The traditional six-week camp runs June 23, 2014 - August 1, 2014.  Specialty camps dates vary.

How much does camp cost?
Fees vary depending on the program, but are affordable. Most camps cost between $1 and $3 per hour. 

What is the age range for campers?
The traditional six-week camp is for children age 6-12.  Campers must be six by September 1, 2014.
Play camps are available for younger children age 3-5, and camp opportunities for teens are offered at many parks.

What do children do at camp?
At traditional summer day camp programs, children experience a variety of activities including field trips, visits to the local pool or beach, arts and crafts, fun with nature, sports, team games and much more. To learn more about a specific park’s summer camp agenda, contact the park directly.

Online registration requires credit card payment via Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. In person registration payment options include cash (exact change required), check or money order (not accepted two weeks prior to program start date) and credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express) at many parks.

What is the refund and cancellation policy?
A 15% service charge will be deducted from all refunds and cancellations. This includes duplicate and accidental registrations. Refunds should be requested from the park where the program is being held, at least two weeks before the program’s scheduled start date. No refund requests will be accepted after the two week point. This applies to online and in person registrations.

What if the camp I wanted is sold out online right away, what can I do?
If the program was only available for online registration:
A waiting list will take effect online immediately.  Make sure to get added to the waiting list.  If spots become available, the park supervisor will contact patrons based on their position on the list.

If the program has both online and in-person registration available:
Try to register in-person at the park. If you don’t get a spot at in-person registration, then ask at the park to add you to the waiting list.  If spots become available, the park supervisor will contact patrons based on their position on the list. We also encourage patrons to be flexible on their location as many parks do not sell out on the first day.

Is financial assistance available?
Yes.  Learn more about the day camp financial assistance program.


I have more questions, who can I contact?
If you have additional questions you can email us, or call us at 312.742.PLAY (7529) or 312.747.2001 (TTY).