Best Summer Theater and Film Camps

Posted: May 12, 2018

Chicago's Best Performing Arts and Film Camps

Did you know that involvement in the performing arts can be associated with improvements in abilities in math, reading, critical thinking, and verbal skills? It can also increase your child's sense of self confidence and interpersonal skills. Here's a sampling of some of the Chicago area's best theater camps and film camps for kids. Our Performing Arts and Film Camps page rounds up the best camps for drama, musical theater, improv, film and more. Find additional options on our Performing Arts/Film Camps page, and visit our full Camp Guide to see all of your summer options! !

Actors Gymnasium Circus & Performing Arts Camp
927 Noyes Street, Evanston

A summer day camp for incoming 4th graders and older, The Actors Gymnasium Circus and Performing Arts Camp is perfect for young performers who want to strengthen, stretch and flex their creative muscles.
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Chicago Children's Theatre Summer Camp at The Station
100 S. Racine Avenue, Chicago
A summer of ADVENTURE at CCT! Campers will create their own myths and legends while learning skills in acting, song writing and singing, dance choreography, story development, as well as scene and prop construction.
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Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop
5255 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago
See why Dream Big was voted #1 Theater Class in Chicago! Taught by professionally skilled teaching artists, our 1-Week Drama Camps offer children ages 3-18 an unforgettable collaborative experience acting, singing, and dancing with friends! Countless creative themes all summer long!
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Emerald City Theatre Summer Camp
In Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and now in Lincoln Square
Emerald City Theatre is proud to offer Summer Camp 2018, serving ages 3.5 – 15! Titles include Hamilton, Moana, A Year at Hogwarts, The Wizard of Oz, School of Rock, and more!
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Facets Film Camp
1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago
Make a film this summer. Facets’ week-long summer camps cover everything from basic to advanced techniques in filmmaking, creative writing, and animation for kids 7 - 15.
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Infinity Arts Academy LLC
3633 N. California, Chicago
Summer camp at Infinity Arts Academy is a truly enriching summer experience. Students ages 7-high school will be taught the foundations in the following disciplines: MUSIC, DANCE, ACTING, & FILM.
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Knuckleball Comedy at the Menomonee Club
1535 N. Dayton, Chicago
From improv to storytelling, from clowning to writing sketch, this comedy camp has it all. Participants will gain valuable tools for everyday life and enjoy laughs throughout, culminating in a performance for family and friends.
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Lifeline Theatre Summer Drama Camps
6912 N Glenwood Ave., Chicago
Discover new worlds at Lifeline’s Drama Camps! Children ignite their imaginations and explore their performing abilities in a fun-filled atmosphere. Our camps help kids gain confidence, express themselves, and learn to work respectfully with others.
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Music House, School of Performing Arts
Two Locations, Chicago
Campers will get hands on experience with guitar, drums, and vocals in rock band class, release their inner artist with multimedia art, learn fun improv and theatre games, and dance to their favorite kid-friendly pop tunes.
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Performing Arts Studio
630 W. Webster 1-E, Chicago
Summer Camps are a combination of physical and performing arts. Classes are taught inside Performing Arts Studio across the street from Oz Park, and at Oz Park. The combination allows students to learn new skills in the state-of-the-art studio and enjoy the outdoor summer weather. All sessions are taught by highly trained Performing Arts Studio instructors in collaboration our team counselors.
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Porchlight Music Theatre
2350 N. Racine Ave, Chicago
Award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre offers an exciting opportunity for the budding Broadway star. During Porchlight's two week program, students ages 7-12 enter the world of music, drama, dance, writing, and more while practicing teamwork, challenging themselves, and, of course, having tons of fun as they create a brand new musical.
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Second City Training Center Summer Camps
1608 N Wells Ave., Chicago
The Second City Training Center offers a variety of classes for kids and teens all year long. In addition to classes, camps are available all summer and during school winter and spring breaks.
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