Curious kids will feel right at home in these parent-recommended STEM summer camps near Chicago! Check out our map to find the best STEM camps near you, where kids are encouraged to tinker, question, analyze and explore.

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    Camp Invention

     (673.6 mi)

    1-week sessions

    Full day


    K-6th grade

    Brigitte Nohra Miller:  Camp Invention is one week in the summer where your child’s creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills are challenged and developed in fun and exciting ways. Their top priority is to inspire future innovators and build kids' confidence in their natural ability to dream and create. They offer STEM camps all over Chicago and the suburbs. Find a camp near you!

    Museum of Science and Industry - Summer Camps

     (724.0 mi)

    1-week sessions

    Full day


    6th-9th grade

    Shila:  The Museum of Science and Industry has exciting opportunities to engage your youth in science, making, and the wonder of this exciting museum! All supplies provided and scholarships are available for students in need of financial assistance.

    Homewood Science Center

     (725.8 mi)

    4-day sessions

    2 hours


    Age 5-13

    Agreatmom2!:  Various STEM camps and workshops. A small Science center but great programs.

    Illinois Institute of Technology - Summer Programs

     (727.9 mi)

    Age 11-17

    Shila:  If you’re interested in technology, business, architecture, science, engineering, or computers, you’ll find plenty to keep you both busy and excited at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) summer camp programs ! This is an excellent opportunity for teens to be on an urban college campus and test out potential majors! Camp topics include: freelance coding, robotics, computer discovery, architecture & many more!

    Kids Science Labs - Innovators Camp

     (728.0 mi)

    1-week sessions

    Full & half day

    $325/half day, $500/full day

    Age 4-12

    Shila:  Kids Science Labs presents a series of weekly STEM summer camps around Chicago designed to enhance your child’s critical thinking skills and problem solving ability combined with traditional camp fun. The schedule includes weekly themes like Tinker Factory and Mysteries of Science.

    iD Tech Camp

     (728.3 mi)

    1-week sessions

    Day & overnight available


    Age 7-17

    Shila:  iD Tech is the world leader in STEM education, with 450,000 alumni since 1999. Students build in-demand skills for futures in coding, game development, robotics, and creative arts.

    Bit Space - Summer Maker Camp

     (734.8 mi)

    1-week sessions

    Full day


    Age 9-13

    Shila:  Bit Space is inspiring and guiding the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, and problem-solvers. Kids will design, prototype, and construct a product of their own invention using their creativity, ingenuity and cutting edge technologies.

    Noggin Builders - Summer Camp

     (748.8 mi)

    1-week sessions

    Full & half day


    PreK-7th grade

    Brigitte Nohra Miller:  Noggin Builders offers weekly summer camps. Each week of camp is filled with fun, hands-on activities including STEM, problem solving and teamwork games. They offer a counselor in training for kids entering 8th and 9th grade.

    College of Lake County - Summer Camps

     (751.8 mi)

    4-day sessions

    Half day

    Starting at $195

    Grade 1-12

    Shila:  Explore Camps at the College of Lake County are fun, challenging programs taught by experienced, personable instructors whose passion for education will inspire your kids. Explore Camps for kids in grades 1-8 are themed around topics like LEGO robotics and math skills. Engage Career Exploration for high school kids gives them a taste of future career options in medicine, criminal justice and more.

    Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy - Summer@IMSA

     (775.8 mi)

    1-week sessions

    Full day


    Grade 3-10

    Shila:  Science, math & technology take the center stage in Summer@IMSA programs as students utilize discovery, exploration, & problem-solving in innovative ways. Mission Impossible and Extreme Engineering Explorations are just a few examples of camp themes.

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