Day Camp Weeks: June 18 – August 17, 2018
Regular Camp Hours: 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Before Camp Care: 7:45 A.M. -8:45 A.M. (additional fee)
After Camp Care: 3:15 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. (additional fee)

Post Camp Weeks (August 20 – August 31, 2018)
Camp hours: 8:30 – 5:30 for all campers (one fee for the entire day)


Big City Day Camp has it all for campers entering grades K-8 in the Fall!

BCDC campers experience the best of Chicago while gaining social skills, giving back to the community through stewardship opportunities, and growing in leaps and bounds in a positive, amazingly fun environment. Based at the contemporary Center on Halsted, BCDC campers sample theatre, swimming, cooking, yoga, soccer, tennis, visual and performing arts, golf and music through weekly field trips and workshops taught by professionals in the field. Every summer is a different experience with new and favorite trips around the city and suburbs.

(entering Kindergarten in Fall)

Counselor-to-Camper ratio is 1:7

(entering Grades 1 – 2 in Fall)

Counselor-to-Camper ratio is 1:9

(entering Grades 3 – 4 in Fall)

Counselor-to Camper ratio is 1:10

(entering Grades 5 – 8 in Fall)

Counselor to Camper ratio is 1:10

Age-Appropriate Programs and Activities

Campers go paddle boarding, make pizza in a local restaurant, and cheer like mad at Chicago Sky games! Big City Day Campers grow socially and emotionally in a cooperative atmosphere with age-appropriate programs and activities. Swim lessons are provided by Red Cross certified instructors at Fitness Formula Club. Older camp groups enjoy an overnighter adventure at JCYS Camp Henry Horner!


Calling all summer staff!

Big City Day Camp wants you for the Summer season.

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Stewardship Opportunities and Post Camp

Experienced staff sprinkle in singing, cooperative games, dancing and arts and crafts, and each Friday is made special when we celebrate the Jewish tradition of Shabbat and enjoy a cook out for lunch. The week ends with unique stewardship opportunities where campers support projects such as animal shelters, senior centers, environmental projects, and childrens’ needs.

Choose the days your camper attends, or an entire week as part of your four-week minimum registration. Post camp is also available to campers who did not attend BCDC during the summer. Post camp combines all age groups and offers a new field trip every day.