Arts Quest



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.

  • Ages Entering Grades K-3
  • Tuition $635 per Session
  • Dates 7/2, 7/13, 7/30, & 8/13
  • Length 2 Weeks per Session
  • Days Monday – Friday
  • Time 9AM – 2:45PM
  • Location New in 2018! Prudential Building in Downtown Chicago 


Session 1: Hometown Heroes

(Session I has been cancelled due to low enrollment)

Session 2: Earth Defenders

July 2-13, 2018 (No camp on July 4)
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 3: Cosmic Explorers

July 16-27, 2018
Field Trips for Cosmic Explorers include: Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry, and a hands on workshop with Mad Science Chicago.

Session 4: History Detectives

July 30-August 10, 2018
Field Trips for History Detectives include: Field Museum, another of Chicago’s specialty destinations, and a circus arts workshop with a cast member of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS

Session 5: Ocean Voyagers

August 13-24, 2018
Field Trips for Ocean Voyagers include: Shedd Aquarium, a pirate boat tour on the Tall Ship Windy, and a workshop with an artist from the Old Town School of Folk Music.


Arts Quest meets Monday through Friday, from 9AM-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 grade level of other campers.

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!

Location Update: New in 2018, Arts Quest will be located in the Prudential Building, at 130 E Randolph! Our spaces at Prudential will feature rooms dedicated to Arts Quest Camp, and we look forward to exploring our new corner of Michigan Avenue, including Millennium Park just across the street!


Full Group Rehearsal Day

8:40AM-9AM: Drop Off
9AM-9:15AM: Assembly
9:15AM-10AM: Class 1 (Art)
10AM-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-3PM: 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.

Summer Camp Video Recording

Flash drives containing a digital video file of your camper’s performance will be available for purchase at theater on the day of. If you would like to order one after that time, please call 773.477.9257 x193

Scholarship and Payment Plans:

the Summer Camp 2018 Scholarship Application is available January 15 through March 1. Applications received after the due date are reviewed on a rolling basis.

As of May 1 we have allocated all scholarships for this program. If you are interested in setting up a payment plan, call 773.477.9257 x193 for more details.

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