Arts Quest Camp

Arts Quest Camp

Explore the world around you in our Summer Arts Quest Camp! Campers delve into the theatre arts through daily classes in storytelling, music, and art. We explore Chicago’s most exciting cultural institutions during our field trips, and we host a special guest artist each session. When we’re not out and about in the city, we use dedicated rehearsal time to create an original piece of theatre, which we perform live on stage at the end of the session.


Session 1: Earth Defenders

June 19-30, 2017
Field Trips for Earth Defenders include: Chicago Botanic Garden, Trailside Museum of Natural History, and an exciting hands-on workshop with The Frog Lady.

Session 2: Hometown Heroes (New theme in 2017!)

July 3-14, 2017 (No camp on July 4)
Field Trips for Hometown Heroes include: Wrigley Field, Chicago Fire Academy, and a visit from one of Chicago’s finest.

Session 3: Ocean Voyagers

July 17-28, 2017
Field Trips for Ocean Voyagers include: Shedd Aquarium, a pirate boat tour with the Tall Ship Windy, and a hands-on nautical workshop.

Session 4: Cosmic Explorers

July 31-August 11, 2017
Field Trips for Cosmic Explorers include: Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry, and an excited science workshop.

Session 5: History Detectives

August 14-25, 2017
Field Trips for History Detectives include: Field Museum, a visit to one of Chicago’s specialty museums, and a hands-on history workshop.

Arts Quest Daily Schedule

Arts Quest meets Monday through Friday, from 9:00am-2:45pm. The maximum enrollment for any given Arts Quest session is 30 students. Each session, students are split into two groups, according to grade level— the exact number of students in each group will differ according to session size. If you know a fellow Arts Quest camper, and would like the students to be grouped together, you are welcome to submit a friend request, either by indicating your request during camp registration, or by calling our office at 773.477.9257 x193. While we always strive to group campers together, we cannot guarantee that every friend request will be honored, due to group size and entering grad level of other campers.

Pick-up and drop-off will occur on the north side of the John Hancock Center, which is located at 173 E Delaware Pl. Lookingglass staff will meet Arts Quest campers at their cars, and walk students to join the rest of the camp group, so that parents may remain in their cars. Parents are welcome to turn on their hazard lights while children unload. Our staff members will wear Lookingglass shirts for easy identification.

Our Arts Quest staff includes two full day teaching artists, three specialists (music, storytelling, and visual art), and two full time college interns. At any given time during the camp day, 2-3 adults are assigned to each group of campers. Over the course of each two week session, our Arts Quest staff – guided by the ideas and interests of our Arts Quest campers – create an original piece of theatre surrounding the session’s theme! If you’re interested in what an average day of Arts Quest might look like, please see the sample schedule below!

Arts Quest Sample Schedule (Full Group Rehearsal Day)

8:40am-9:00am: Drop Off

9:00am-9:15am: Assembly

9:15am-10:00am: Class 1 (Art)

10:00am-10:45am: Class 2 (Storytelling)

10:45am-11:30am: Class 3 (Music)

11:30am-12:15pm: Lunch / Free Play

12:15pm-2:30pm: Full Group Rehearsal

2:30pm-2:45pm: Clean Up / Walk to Pick Up

2:45pm-3:00pm: Pick Up



Returning Camper:

Receive 15% off initial registration during first month of registration

Season Subscribers:

Receive $20 off registration

Multiple Registrations:

Receive 10% off registration for each additional registration

For more camp discount details, please visit our FAQ page.

Scholarship and Payment Plans:

Click here for the Summer Camp 2017 Scholarship Application

Contact us regarding details for payment plans and scholarships at 773.477.9257 x193.

Summer Camp DVD

Click here to order a DVD of your camper’s performance.

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Ages Entering Grades K-3

Tuition $635 per Session

Dates Sessions beginning June 19, July 3, July 17, July 31, and August 14

Length 2 Weeks per Session

Days Monday – Friday

Time 9am - 2:45pm

Location Lookingglass Theatre at 173 E Delaware Pl