Summer's Hottest Creative Camps

Posted: April 14, 2020

While we're social distancing right now, we're looking forward to having the opportunity to get back out for Summer Camp! If you're thinking ahead, you can check out some of these awesome creative camps below, and you can visit our full Summer Camp Guide to see all of your options - you'll find creative camps including art, music, dance, theater, photography, film and more!

Below, see some of this summer's hottest creative camps.

And find a full range of options in this year's Summer Camp Guide! .


Featured Creative Camps:



GTA Photography Summer Camps
GTA Photography Camps is Chicago's premier photography & video summer Camp! We teach photography is a fun, creative, and hands-on way that gets your child inspired. Get ready to introduce a new photographer to your home!
Give your child the best summer ever here at GTA Photography Camps! We offer a unique and interactive experience through our DAILY FIELD TRIPS, hands-on photography activities, and more. With over 10 years of experience and 5 stars rated camp, we make it fun for all! This is your child's chance to learn photography and start building on their skills, with over 10 different programs running this summer there is always something new to learn! Most importantly, WE HAVE FUN! Learn more.





On the Stage or Behind the Scenes, Music House has a Camp for Everyone!
Register by May 15 for 10% off (code ChiKids10% in registration notes!)
This summer we are excited to offer all new camp options! From our well rounded Arts Exploration camps for 4-8 year olds, our adventurous performing arts mashups for 8-14 year olds, to our explorative Everything Arts camp for all ages, we are bound to have lots of fun this summer! Some weekly themes include: Sweet Home Chicago, Arts Around the World, Marvelous Inventions, Do it Yourself! and more! Our motivating and inspiring teaching artists help to create a day that is full of learning disguised as fun! Music House supplies all materials needed for each camp. No Experience necessary!
Two Locations: 2925 W. Devon and 1018 N. California. Learn more.





Summer Arts Camp at the Beverly Arts Center: Music, Dance, Art, and More!
The Beverly Arts Center, the South Side's premiere performing arts center, brings back their wildly popular Summer Arts Camp with 6 sessions June 8 - August 28. The full-day camp inspires kids ages 5-12 as they work with professional artists to explore skills in visual arts, theatre, music, dance, and more. By the end of the Summer, your child will have the tools necessary to be the next creative genius! Each session is $422 and offers the ability to purchase pre and after-camp care. If your kid is a bit younger, the BAC also offers a weekly Totally Terrific Tots camp for $180. Learn more.



Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
1147 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago
Come dance with us! Hubbard Street’s Youth Dance Camps offer creative and technical performance opportunities all summer long, for dancers ages 4 to 18 years. Favorite camps include Dancing Stories, Hip Hop, and our Summer Intensive!

Bach to Rock
Three locations, Arlington Heights, Naperville, and Northbrook
Summers ROCK at Bach to Rock! Give your budding rock star a chance to shine at one of our music camps.

Summer Jam at Merry Music Makers
3759 N. Ravenswood Ave. Suite 119, Chicago
Designed to introduce children ages 3 to 8 to the world of sound, Summer Jam is a hands-on enriching, fun, educational experience that inspires a love of music in young children.

Arlington Heights School of Rock
17 E Campbell, Arlington Heights
School of Rock Arlington Heights is the fastest growing, largest music school in the Chicagoland Northwest suburbs. We teach guitar, vocals, ukulele, bass, drums, sax, and keyboards. We offer weekly private lessons, beginner group instrument classes, and school break camps and workshops.

Lifeline Theatre Summer Drama Camps
6912 N Glenwood Ave., Chicago
Discover new worlds at Lifeline Theatre's Drama Camps! Children explore their imaginations and hone their natural performing abilities while gaining sound theatre training in a fun-filled atmosphere.

CircEsteem Summer Camp
4730 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago
Run away with the circus this summer! CircEsteem’s fun and engaging day camp is for ages 6-16. Kids are given opportunities to try varying circus apparatus including trapeze, silks, juggling, German wheel, tumbling and trampoline.

Dream Big Performing Arts
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 4-15 an unforgettable collaborative experience acting, singing, and dancing with friends! Countless creative themes all summer long!

Lookingglass Summer Camps
821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago
Voyage on the high seas with Lookingglass this summer! Our theatre camps invite students to create a world beyond imagination, working collaboratively with professional artists to invent and transform stories.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Summer Camp
821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago
In SAIC's Multi-Arts Camps, kids learn to discover, explore, and imagine in their own unique ways, experimenting with a variety of art materials and methods that encourage the development of creative thinking and problem solving skills.

Summer at ChiArts
2714 W. Augusta Blvd, Chicago
A three-week summer camp designed for 2nd-8th graders to explore the artistic disciplines of Dance, Music, Theatre, Creative Writing, and Visual Arts in a joyful and nurturing environment.

The Paintbrush...a hands-on ART studio for kids
2646 N. Halsted, Chicago
We immerse your kids in art all day with introductions to artists and discussions about artistic styles and ideas, and then we work on our own artist-inspired masterpieces using a variety of artistic media.

Lillstreet Art Center
4401 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago
Children and teens ages 3–16 can learn pottery, movie making, photography, fashion design, jewelry, comics, painting and more at Lillstreet Art Center. New camps are offered weekly all summer long!

Kids Clay Room - a pottery studio for children
2646 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Come explore the wonderful medium of Clay! Children will work with wet clay, clay tools and glazes to make unique and fun ceramic pieces from start to finish. Wheelthrowing options for children ages 10 and up

Wishcraft Workshop Camps for Creative Kids
3907 N. Damen Ave., Chicago
Campers ages 5-12 learn about their world and grow their creative voice with open-ended, connected learning experiences in the arts and including subjects like science, social studies and math. Curious. Creative. Confident.

Find more options for creative camps and many others in our 2020 Summer Camp Guide!.