Chicago Grammar School

CGS Summer at a Glance

What is the Sample Daily Schedule?

8:30 Imagination Stations, Art, Coding Robotics, Cards, Fun Friday
10:15 Outdoor Play
11:30 Lunch
12:00 Imagination Stations, Art, Coding Robotics, Cards, Fun Friday
1:45 Swim
3:00 Dismissal

 Summer Program — Specifics for Grades PS/8

Every Tuesday and Thursday we will be off campus exploring Chicago and its environs with scavenger hunts, nature explorations, games, and picnics.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the kids will have choices on what they want to explore.  All of the activities are the things our children have loved doing during the school year.  Here is a chance for more!

A favorite during the school year is Fun Friday.  All of the kids know what this means—Fun Friday is a time for creativity and construction.  They work in a MakerSpace filled with cardboard, found objects, and plenty of glue and masking tape creating whatever is in their imagination. The kids love it during the school year!

Another favorite has been coding, robotics and cards – especially the role-playing games!

 Turning the classroom into a theater, building a giant bridge across the room, painting and drawing – the children love to create, and the Imagination Station is a boundless, beloved activity.

The cost is $525 per week.  The 4th of July week is $420.  The cost includes all entrance fees and transportation.  Pack a lunch each day.

To make enrollment easy, just contact us with the weeks you want to participate.  An enrollment form will be sent to you.

Let your kids continue to do what they love the most this summer!  Join us!!

 Who are your Summer Program Staff?

Members of our regular CGS teaching staff provide the same engaging and stimulating learning strategies that provoke and nurture the children’s curiosity and performance at CGS during the school year.

Where do you have Sports and Swimming?

Chicago Grammar School uses a variety of facilities for sports and physical education. We use the CGS gym, Solheim Center’s gym, tennis courts, and associated green space, the playground at Seward Park, and the Solheim pool.  Adventure Campers go off-site as detailed in the program description.

What about Lunch? 

Full day students bring their own non-perishable lunches and drinks.

Is there a Dress Code?

Play clothes are recommended. Many of their projects may become messy!

Students in the Test Prep Program should dress comfortably.

Pool rules do not allow two-piece swimsuits.

Backless shoes (clogs and flip-flops), platform shoes, and gym shoes with lights are not allowed for safety reasons.

What should my child bring?

A change of clothes (our projects can get messy!) Please label all clothing with your child’s name.

Gym shoes (they can keep a pair here).

Water bottle (please label).

Bathing suit and goggles. (Towels are provided).

Non-perishable lunch and drink for full day students.


Doors open at 8:20. There will be teachers in front of the school from 8:20 to 8:30. Parents may pull up on the west side of Franklin Street and a teacher will escort your child from your car to the entrance.
You may also accompany your child inside.
Please make every effort to have your child at school by 8:30 (9:00 for Test Prep). If you do arrive after 8:30, however, please accompany your child to the front office and sign them in.


Teachers will bring the children outside in front of the school at 12:00pm and 3:00pm for noon and full day dismissals, respectively. (Test Prep dismissal is at 2:00pm and Adventure Camp dismissal times vary by the day – details listed above.) Parents may pull up on the west side of Franklin Street and a teacher will escort your child to your car. If you are early, please wait for your child to be brought outside to you.

What if my child is going to be absent?

If your child is going to be absent, please notify CGS by 9:00 am via telephone at 312-944-5600 or email us at the Chicago Grammar School.

Behavior Code?

CGS encourages the highest standards of honorable conduct, civility, and a sense of fair play. Children enrolled in the CGS Summer Program are expected to be polite to their fellow campers, teachers, and other school personnel, and to respect the property of others and the school. CGS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to deny any student the opportunity to participate in the CGS Summer Program if the child’s social conduct or behavior is deemed unsatisfactory by the Executive Director. No refunds will be made to a student who, for disciplinary reasons, is asked to leave the CGS Summer Program.

Other Questions?

Call 312-944-5600 or email us at the Chicago Grammar School.