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Summer Day Camp - Play On


The Chicago Park District is committed to providing Chicago’s youth the opportunity to “Play On” this summer through our day camp program.  While the 2020 camps will be different, the focus of offering a safe space for children to be healthy, active, make new friends and create lifelong memories remains the same.  The safety of all campers is a priority.  Camps will run in accordance with state and city guidelines, limiting the number of campers we can safely program for at each park. Due to space limitations, camp will only be available for Chicago residents.  It is our hope that those who need camp the most are able to register.  Please keep this in mind when making your summer plans.

Key Dates*

June 1                          Programs are available for viewing online
June 11 at 9 am           Online registration begins Thursday, June 11 at 9 am for parks west of California Ave.
June 12 at 9 am           Online registration begins Friday, June 12 at 9 am for parks east of California Ave.
June 12 at noon           Online registration begins Friday, June 12 at noon for McFetridge & Morgan Park Sports Centers
June 13                        In-Person registration offered at most parks, dependant on the number of spots remaining. 
                                     See more about in-person registration in the list of parks below.
July 10                          Last day to register for day camp.  Registration will continue into August for late summer camp.
August 17                     Last day to regiser for Late Summer Camp Week 1 (runs August 17-21)
August 24                     Last day to register for Late Summer Camp Week 2 (runs August 24-28)
*Summer program dates are subject to change based on guidance from public health officials.

Important Information for Day Camp 2020

  • Smaller group sizes will be implemented in accordance with CDC, IDPH, and CDPH guidelines. Staff to camper ratio will be 1:9. 
  • Camp is offered for Chicago residents only.
  • Registration will be done by age group (ex. 6-7, 8-10, 11-12) to ensure campers are with kids their age.  Children will only be with their group throughout each day of camp.
  • Campers must practice social distancing. 
  • Campers will be required to wear their own face covering/mask during camp.
  • Campers must attend camp in good health. If any symptoms present, the child will be isolated and a parent will be called to take the child home.
  • Campers must bring their own water, drinking fountains will not be available.
  • Field trips will not be offered.
  • Swimming will not be included.

While camp will be different in several ways, many of the fun activities kids are used to experiencing will remain, such as arts & crafts, non-contact sports, wellness and nature-based activities, and in-house special events.  Seeing familiar faces of park staff and other campers is another highlight of the camp experience, for both campers and staff.  That will especially be the case this summer.

Additional Information:

  • Ages
    The camp program is for children 6-12 years old, as determined by age on September 1, 2020.  This summer registration will be done by age group at most parks, to ensure campers are with kids their age.  When registering, please confirm you have selected the correct age group option.  
  • Locations
    148 Parks will provide Day Camp.  See the list of parks below.  
  • Dates & Hours
    Day Camp:  July 6 – August 14  |  Six hours, from 9 am – 3 pm or 10 am – 4 pm. See hours in the list of parks below.
    Late Summer Camp:  August 17 - 21 and/or August 24 - 28 |  Three hours, from 9 am - noon or 10 am - 1pm.
  • Activities
    All camp activities are designed to comply with social distancing measures.  Activities will include arts & crafts, non-contact sports, wellness and nature-based activities, and some in-house special events.  Field trips and swimming will not be included in camp this year.
  • Food Program
    Lunch and snacks will be provided.
  • Parent Orientation
    A Day Camp parent orientation meeting will be held by each park prior to the start of camp. Patrons who register will be contacted by park staff with more information regarding orientation.  Parent Orientation materials will be available on the Chicago Park District website.
  • Financial Assistance 
    Financial assistance will be available and CHA vouchers will be accepted.  Go here to learn more about financial assistance & CHA vouchers.
  • Canceling a Registration
    Refund requests will be issued as credits on the patron's account and not back to credit cards or cash. A 15% service charge will be applied to the amount credited.
  • Online Registration Checklist & FAQ's 
    View these resources to be prepared for online registration: Online Registration Checklist and Registration FAQ's
  • Summer Learning Program
    In partnership with Chicago City of Learning (CCOL), campers will participate in educationally enriching activities as part of the summer camp curriculum. We are proud to continue this program that began in 2013, known as the “Summer of Learning.” By attending camp, children will earn digital badges representing skills and knowledge gained across subjects such as: Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math. These badges are able to connect a young person to new learning experiences and opportunities across the city and online that match their interests. Parents can create an account for their child to recognize digital badges earned through Day Camp and other programs offered throughout the year. Chicago Public School students have accounts created for them automatically; for non-CPS students, Chicago Park District will provide basic information including name, birthdate, and school to create their account and send them a notification that they’ve earned a badge. Parents may choose to opt out of participating in CCOL at the time of registering for Day Camp.


Late Summer Camp Availability Map