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10 Best Summer Camps in Chicago for Kids with Autism

10 Best Summer Camps in Chicago for Kids with Autism

Updated: May 4, 2024 · 8 Minute Read

Amy Gong

Reviewed by:

Amy Gong, Neurodiversity Advocate


  • We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best summer camps in the Chicago area, all vetted and approved by camp insiders and families.
  • Each camp on this list is equipped to work with children on the autism spectrum and their unique, individual needs.

Day Camps

Photo Credit: Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA)


CampyardigansWebsite|Glenview, IL
Photo Credit: Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)


Camp QuestWebsite|West Chicago, IL
Photo Credit: SEASPAR


Camp SEASPARWebsite|Multiple Locations
Photo Credit: Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center


Traditions Day CampWebsite|Carbondale, IL
Photo Credit: One In A Hundred, Inc.


One in a HundredWebsite|Northbrook, IL

Overnight Camps

Photo Credit: Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA)


Camp DuncanWebsite|Ingleside, IL
Photo Credit: Camp Red Leaf
Camp Red LeafWebsite|Ingleside, IL

Specialty Camps

Photo Credit: The Red Kite Project


Camp Red KiteWebsite|Chicago, IL
Photo Credit: Brookfield Zoo


Zoo CampWebsite|Brookfield, IL


Camp R.E.A.L.Website|Evanston, IL

Bonus Camp



Spectrum SailingWebsite|Chicago, IL


Why we love it: A brand new camp is coming to Chicago this summer! Established in South Carolina, founder, Scott Herman, was looking for a sailing camp for his Autistic son, and when he couldn’t find one he decided to create his own. Herman created Camp Cool to give children with autism the opportunity to learn to sail. This three-day camp provides campers the chance to learn about different kinds of knots, parts of the boat, why the boat sails, and most importantly how to sail! Camp Cool also has land activities based on STEM education, and nautical-themed games and crafts. If there isn’t enough wind to sail, instructors will lead campers in team-building opportunities to promote self-confidence and self-esteem.


Pricing Information: Free


Perfect for: Ages 10–17|Day Camp | Summer Only


Stuck on which one to pick? Check out our guide on choosing the right summer camps for autistic children!

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