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2013 Summer Camp Guide for Chicago's North Shore

Interested in enrolling your child in summer camp on the North Shore? Here's information about camps in Deerfield, Evanston, Glenview, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Northbrook, Wilmette and Winnetka.

With the choice and variety of summer camps available on Chicago's North Shore in 2013, boredom for your kids won't be an option.

Organizations, from the YMCA to your local parks and recreation department, offer dozens of camp choices for science, reading, sports, music and more. Whether you're looking for an all-around experience or a more focused camp, this list features a few in your town and nearby.

If you know of other summer camps in your area, please share them with us in the comments below.

Deerfield

Name: Deerfield Park District Camps
Type of camp: Multiple Activities
Cost: $165 to $1,492 depending on camp and length of registration
Where:  Park locations througout Deerfield
When: Varies from June 10 through August 2
Deadline for registration:  Anytime until full.
Details: Call 847-945-0560

Evanston

Name: Evanston Parks & Recreation Department
Cost: Varies by camp
Where: Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, Robert Crown Center, Chandler-Newberger Center, Evanston Ecology Center, city parks, etc. 
When: June, July and August
Deadline for registration: Open registration began Feb. 26 and closes when camps are full. 
Details: More information can be found in the city's summer camp guide.

Glencoe

Name: Glencoe Parks Department
Type of camp: Day Camp
Cost: Costs vary per camp
Where: Various parks and schools across Glencoe 
Deadline for registration: Registration is now open, and balances must be paid in full by April 1. 

Details: More information can be found about the various programs on the Glencoe Park District website here

Glenview

Name: Glenview Park District 
Type of camp: Day camps
Cost: Varies by program
Where: Parks and schools throughout Glenview
When: Most camps last from Jun. 10 to early Aug.
Deadline for registration: April 1 with deposit, after April 1 registrants must pay full camp cost
Details: http://glenviewparks.org/index.php/programs/camps

Highland Park

Name:
Type of camp: Day camps
Cost: Varies
Where:  Parks and park district facilities throughout Highland Park.
When: Many programs begin June 17.
Deadline for registration:  Registration began Jan. 9.
Details: http://www.pdhp.org/index.aspx?page=275

Kenilworth

Name: Kenilworth Parks Department
Type of camp: Day Camps
Where: Various parks and schools across Kenilworth
When: Camp spans from June 17 to July 26.
Deadline for registration: Registration ends on May 10, and late applicants must pay an additional $150 per family.
Details: For more information on Kenilworth camps, visit the Parks District website here.

Lake Forest

Name:
Type of camp: Multiple Activities
Cost: Varies depending on length of program
Where:  Lake Forest Park District
When: Programs vary in length
Deadline for registration: Begins March 6, continues until program is full

Northbrook

Name: Northbrook Park District
Type of camp:
 Day camps
Cost: 
Varies by program
Where: Parks and schools throughout Northbrook
When: 
Many camps go from June 17 to Aug. 9
Deadline for registration: 
No deadline while space is available
Details: 
http://nbparks.org/Camps/general-info.htm

Name: North Suburban YMCA
Type of camp:
 Over 40 varieties of day camps with flexible schedules.
Cost: 
Varies by program
Where: North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Road, Northbrook
When: 
Day Camps from June 10-August 16; Splash Camp August 19-23
Deadline for registration: 
No deadline, but spaces filling quickly
Details: http://www.nsymca.org/NSYMCA-2013-Camp-Guide/

Northfield

Name:
Type of camp: Day Camp
Cost: Costs vary per program
Where:  Various parks and schools across Northfield.
When: Camp dates vary per program
Details: For more information on the Northfield Parks District, visit their website here

Wilmette

Name: Wilmette Parks Department
Type of camp: Day Camps
Cost: Costs vary per program, and a $150 deposit per camp is required. 
Deadline for registration: No registration deadline is listed, although registration for residents began on Jan. 29 and residents for non-residents opened on Feb. 5. Payments in full are due April 19.
Details: A variety of camp types are available, ranging from adventure camps to performing arts. 

Winnetka

Name: Winnetka Park District
Type of camp: 
Day Camp
Cost: 
Costs vary per program
Where:  
Various schools and parks across Winnetka
When: 
Start dates vary per program.
Details: A variety of camps are offered through the Winnetka Park District. Find out more information about the different programs online here.  

iD Tech Camps March 02, 2013 at 12:34 AM
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Jennifer Fisher March 14, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Thank you for adding this information and sharing the link!
Youth Company Chicago March 19, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Youth Company Chicago offers high-quality, performance-focused musical theatre camps for all ages. Summer 2013 programs in NW Chicago and Central Evanston are based on The Wizard of Oz. Students will learn skills in acting, singing and movement while preparing for a final performance (multiple performances for Level 4). In addition, there are plenty of social/recreational activities designed to ensure a well-rounded summer camp experience. Generous financial aid is available. More information can be found at: www.youthcompanychicago.org | or email or call: email@youthcompanychicago.org, 312.324.3700
SchoolofRock Evanston January 15, 2014 at 03:24 PM
School of Rock Evanston and highwood have a camps nearly every week of the summer for the musical child! http://evanston.schoolofrock.com/local-camps
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