Big City Day Camp
About Us

Since 1998, Big City Day Camp has shown campers in Kindergarten through 8th Grade where to discover Chicago’s hidden gems.  They sample theatre, swimming, yoga, soccer, tennis, visual arts, and music through weekly field trips and workshops taught by professionals in the field.  Every summer is a different experience with new trips around the city, exploring new trends that we see throughout the area.

Through budding friendships and new experiences, Big City Day Camp kids grow socially and emotionally through age-appropriate programs and activities.  Our warm, friendly atmosphere and experienced camp counselors encourage all campers to try new things and expand their comfort zone – all in a safe environment.

Our Staff

We look forward to spending an amazing summer with you!

Elysabeth Ashe, Camp Director  |  (773) 281-2533
Elysabeth comes to Big City Day Camp with a long history as a camp director, naturalist, teambuilding facilitator and program specialist.  She has experience as a professional storyteller and has performed folk tales and personal motivational stories nationally and internationally. Elysabeth received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University as well as academic work completed in a Master Program in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech.

As a parent, Elysabeth understands that choosing a summer camp can be as difficult as deciding on a school. Because of this, she has created an atmosphere that is most concerned with your child’s safety and – equally as important – their happiness at the end of the day!

Swim Instructors
Swim instruction happens at Fitness Formula Club, a health club at Pine Grove and Waveland in Lakeview, where all instructors are American Red Cross certified.  Our Big City Day Camp Counselors assist small groups of campers in the water and under the guidance of the lead swim instructor. On the first day of swimming, all campers are tested for their skills and split into groups to meet each swimmer on the level that best fits their needs for improvement and the maximum amount of fun!

Program Specialists
Learn from the very best – professionals in the field!  From sports to yoga, drama to art, music to dance your child will experience all that Chicago has to offer from sessions with real professionals from the Chicago area.  Each summer, we offer new workshops – so check back as we have new additions as we get closer to summer!

Camp Counselors
Our highly qualified college-aged counselors come to Big City Day Camp with experience as counselors or teachers during the school year.  Through age-appropriate groups, counselors bring in singing, cooperative games, dancing and arts & crafts to round our program with unique projects, games and fun!