The Chicago Park District is looking forward to providing Chicago’s youth a fun-filled summer through our 2022 Day Camp program. Every summer our staff and campers look forward to reconnecting by engaging in fun, safe, and inclusive activities. Due to space limitations, this year's camps will be available for Chicago residents only.
The 6-weeks of summer fun will include sports, arts, fitness, and outdoor activities with the following ideas woven throughout the camp experience.
- Civic engagement
- Environmental awareness
- Collaboration & team building
- Brain play
- Reflection & journaling
- Friendship & kindness
In addition to our standard 6-week day camp, other types of camps are available, as well as other programs.
Additional Day Camp Information
- Registration Information
An account is required to register for a program, whether registering online or in-person. Accounts can be created online or in-person at the parks. To create an account: Create an Account
View these resources to help be prepared for online registration:
See specific registration dates below.
The standard 6-week day camp program is for children 6-12 years old, as determined by age on September 1, 2022. 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.
Additionally, play camps are offered for ages 3-5 and teen camps are offered for ages 13- 17. Age calculation for these camps are determined based on the following dates:
- Play Camps: age as of the first day of camp
- Teen Camps: age as of September 1, 2022
- Residency Requirement
Due to space limitations, this year's camps will be available for Chicago residents only.
- Dates & Times
Day Camp: July 5 – August 12 | Six hours, from 9 am – 3 pm or 10 am – 4 pm, varies by park.
To see a park's hours, click on the VIEW ALL CAMPS button below.
- Food Program
Lunch and snacks will be provided. Lunch and Snack Menu to come.
- 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 this page prior to those meetings.
- Financial Assistance
Financial assistance is available for city of Chicago residents. Learn more: Financial Assistance
- CHA Vouchers
Chicago Housing Authority residents receive reduced pricing for day camp. Learn more about the process to receive a CHA voucher: CHA Vouchers
- Canceling a Registration
Refund requests will be issued either as a credit to the patron’s account for future use or a credit card/check refund. A 15% service charge will be applied to the amount credited. All refund requests must be made at least two weeks before the program’s scheduled start date. No refund requests will be accepted after the two-week point.
Variety of Camps Offered
Click on the links below to view camp dates, times, locations and fees:
- Day Camp (for ages 6-12)
- Play Camp (for ages 3-5)
- Teen Camp (for ages 13-17)
- Camp Sign (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) and Other Special Recreation Camps
- Sports Camps
- Specialty Camps such as Adventure Camp, Arts & Cultural camps, camps focused on Dance, Rowing, Sailing, Nature, Martial Arts, Theater, and Girls P.L.A.Y camps.
Monday, May 2, 2022
Monday, May 9 & Tuesday, May 10 | Beginning at 9 am
Saturday, May 14 for most parks
View parks starting in-person registration on Monday, 5/16/22
July 5 – August 12 for day camp.
Dates for other camps vary.
Most other summer programs run June 20 - August 21.