Traditional Organizations

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

JCC Day Camps *

Business Office
5050 Church Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 763-3650
Fax: (847) 933-9060
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/daycamp
Contact: Gayle Malvin, Director of JCC Day Camps

Offers kids the chance to try new activities, have fun, and make new friends. Bringing Jewish values to life and celebrating Jewish culture is a daily part of JCC camping. All camps feature instructional, carefully selected and skilled staff, and traditional activities and specialties. Day camp programs for children age 3 years through 10th grade at nine Chicagoland camp locations. Day camp programs also offer before and after camp care.

Anita M. Stone JCC Day Camp *

5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: (708) 799-7650
Fax: (708) 799-7673
Email: jkramer@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/stonecamp
Contact: Josh Kramer, Camp Director

Traditional day camp, sports camp and tween camp programs for children 3 years through ninth grade. 10-acre site features instructional swim in an outdoor heated pool, air-conditioned gym, athletic fields, challenge course, basketball and sand volleyball courts, playground, indoor and outdoor climbing walls and wetland area. Flexible camp sessions allow you to build your own summer schedule of camp fun. Register for eight weeks or any combination of one-week sessions that best work with your family's summer plans. 

Bernard Horwich JCC Day Camp *

3003 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 761-9100
Fax: (773) 761-8835
Email: wsinger@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/bhcamp
Contact: Wendy Singer, Camp Director

Neighborhood camp for Orthodox boys and girls ages 4 years through 10th grade. Daily davening and Judaic learning are led by a dynamic team of educators who engage campers in creative ways including games, songs, crafts and sports. Campers receive swim instruction and enjoy activities in the gym, athletic fields, art studio, outdoor volleyball court and picnic area. The camp site also features ample air-conditioned space for hot and rainy days.  Four- and eight-week sessions available.

Hyde Park JCC Day Camp *

5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: (773) 966-1069
Fax: (773) 753-3085
Email: jkramer@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/hpcamp
Contact: Josh Kramer, Camp Director

Neighborhood day camp for children ages 3 years through second grade. The camp offers swim instruction and features an air-conditioned gym and fun indoor spaces, art studio, playground, close to lakefront, and access to Harold Washington Park for sports and outdoor activities. Four- and eight-week sessions are available. A third through ninth grade camp is available at the Anita M. Stone Community Center in Flossmoor or JCC Apachi Chicago Day Camp at UIC (bus service from Hyde Park JCC is provided).

JCC “Z” Frank Apachi Day Camp *

3050 Woodridge Lane
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 272-7050
Fax: (847) 272-5357
Email: tblenner@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/zfa
Contact: Terri Blenner, Camp Director

A premier, American Camp Association accredited camp for children ages 4 years through sixth grade. Counselors-in-training program offered for campers entering eighth-10th grade. Located on a private and beautiful, wooded 10-acre site, the camp features an air-conditioned cultural arts building, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, softball, soccer and kickball fields, boating pond, challenge course, climbing wall, miniature golf and a Ga-ga pit. Twice-daily swimming including American Red Cross instructional swim in our two heated outdoor pools. Nineteen specialty activities are offered of all interests. Four- and eight-week sessions include door-to-door bus service. Day camp/overnight camp combinations with Camp Chi are also available.

JCC Apachi Chicago at UIC Campus *

Administrative Office
524 W. Melrose Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 938-8348
Fax: (773) 871-0224
Email: agoldstein@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/acdc
Contact: Andrea Goldstein, Camp Director

JCC's premier city day camp for children ages 4 years through sixth grade. The camp is an urban oasis featuring an Olympic-sized pool and swim instruction, gymnastics training room, sand volleyball courts, dance studio, manicured sports fields, collegiate tennis courts, picnic area and available air-conditioned space. Three-, four- and seven-week sessions are available and include bus service. Day camp/overnight camp combinations with Camp Chi are also available.

JCC Apachi Northside at Northside College Prep *

5501 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: (847) 763-3504
Email: bmiller@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/northside
Contact: Beth Miller, Camp Director

JCC's newest city day camp for all children kindergarten through sixth grade. The camp is located on the amazing grounds of Northside College Prep and features unique partnerships with Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop and swim instruction by Northside Aquatics Club. The camp's facilities include an indoor swimming pool, manicured sports fields, air-conditioned activity spaces, gym, art room, expansive nature area, professional performance theater, and picnic grounds. Optional bus service is available. Four- and six-week summer sessions offered.

Administrative Office:
5050 Church Street
Skokie, IL 60077

JCC Apachi Village Day Camp *

Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (224) 406-9221
Fax: (224) 406-9272
Email: mrothschild@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/village
Contact: Mara Rothschild, Camp Director

An eight-week day camp experience uniquely designed for children ages 3 to 5 years old. Specially trained counselors help ease the transition from home to camp for preschoolers. Campers enjoy the quality, tradition and spirit of our larger JCC camps, but in a smaller camp setting and community. The camp features instructional swim in our indoor pool (some programs available without swimming), air-conditioned gymnasium, art and activity rooms, manicured grounds and sports fields, playground and outdoor tents for shade. Hebrew Immersion program also available.

JCC Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp *

23280 N. Old McHenry Road, near Route 22
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Phone: (847) 726-0800
Fax: (847) 719-7359
Email: jzislis@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/efa
Contact: Jen Zislis, Camp Director

A premier, American Camp Association accredited day camp for children 3 years to entering seventh grade. Situated on 37 acres of open land and nature areas. Featuring two heated pools for instructional swim and free swim, climbing wall, adventure course with zip line and high ropes, multi-purpose athletic courts, manicured sports fields and a 20,000-square-foot, air-conditioned cultural arts pavilion. The camp offers 19 specialty activities for all interests. The camp is also home to the Garoon Gateway to Science, the region's only state-of-the-art, outdoor science learning center. Four- and eight-week sessions are available with optional bus transportation to designated areas. Day camp/overnight camp combinations with Camp Chi are also available.

Mayer Kaplan JCC Day Camp *

5050 Church Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 763-3511
Fax: (847) 675-4910
Email: mrothschild@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/mkcamp
Contact: Mara Rothschild, Camp Director

Traditional day camp group sessions as well as specialty camp programs for sports and performing arts. This neighborhood camp features swim instruction in our 25-yard indoor pool, air-conditioned gym and fun indoor spaces for hot or rainy days, athletic fields, art studio, computer lab, theater, Ga-ga pit and picnic area. The camp offers field trips and a wide range of activities for all interests. Four- and eight-week sessions for kids 3-years-old through sixth grade. Half-day camp is offered for 3- to 5-year-olds. Day camp/overnight camp combinations with Camp Chi are also available.

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