Recreation for Children with Autism

Recreation for Children with Autism

Birth to Age 3

Autism Camp Programs

Covenant Harbor Family Summer Camp

1724 Main St., Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Phone: (262) 248-3600

Activities include swimming, rock climbing, arts and crafts, board games, and open gym.


Creative Exchange Music Therapy Clinic

Craig Christiansen, MT-BC, President
Kari Christiansen, Director
1527 Westchester Blvd., Suite One South, Westchester, Illinois 60154
Phone: (708) 345-6100 or (773) 562-6202
Email: info@creativeexchangemusic.com

The Playing with Style group works on improving listening skills and encourages creativity by exploring different styles of music through listening games, instrument playing, and songwriting.


Douglas Park (Chicago Park District)

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Valonda Smith
1401 S. Sacremento Blvd., Chicago, IL 60623
Phone: (773) 762-2842

Activities include: recreational, computer and board games, softball, track and field, Special Olympics training, sign language available, etc.


Eckhart Park District Summer Camp (Chicago Park District)

Contact: Melody Mitchell
1330 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (312) 746-5490

Activities include swimming, outdoor/indoor sports, field trips, and much more.


Glick Family Camp

Contact: Tamara Besser, LCSW
26710 W. Nippersink, Ingleside, IL 60041
Phone: (773) 765-3159

Camp Red Leaf provides children diagnosed with developmental disabilities and their families an opportunity to relax, mingle with other families, and enjoy the outdoors on 181 acres of Illinois countryside.


Have Dreams

Dana Fenceroy
515 Busse Highway, Suite 150, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 905-0702

After-school programs, day programs, and workplace training services are offered to those ages 16 months and older affected with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as diagnostic and family support services.


High Ridge YMCA Summer Camp

Contact: Amanda Goss or Dannica Williams
2424 W. Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 262-8300

Activities include swimming, group games, arts and crafts, kick-ball, board games, field trips, and free play.


Jesse Owens Park (Chicago Park District)

Contact: Jetaune Guyton
2031 East 88th St., Chicago, IL 60617
Phone: (312) 747-6709

Special recreation cooperative.


Keshet

3210 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 205-0274

Jen Phillips, Chief Program Officer
Marni Sommerfield, Asst. Director of Recreation & Camp

With 18 day and overnight camp locations, Keshet has a camp program that fits nearly any interest, special need and background. We are proud to partner with JCC Chicago day and overnight camps, JCYS, Junior Gan Israel, Camp Nageela Midwest and Ramah Day Camp. Assistance is available for some families demonstrating financial need. For overnight camp, assistance is available for up to four weeks. 


KGH Autism Services

Phone: (224) 326-2206
Email: intake@kghautismservices.com
1161 Lake Cook Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015

Specializing in developmental-based ABA therapy (NDBI, ESDM) for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with ASD, in the home or at their specialized center. Providing therapeutic preschool and kindergarten, SLP, OT, mental health, parent training, sibling support, social groups, community support, significant problematic behavior support (FA) from early childhood through young adulthood. KGH also offers a Teen & Young Adult Center with a teaching apartment for teaching life skills. Serving Chicagoland, North Shore, West Suburbs, Northwest Suburbs, and Far North Suburbs. KGH has been supporting children and families for over 19 years.


Lake View YMCA

3333 N. Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 248-3333

Activities include: outside activities, swimming, sports, field trips, etc.


Lincolnway Special Recreation Association

P.O. Box 547, Frankfort, IL 60423
Phone: (815) 464-2811

Special recreation cooperative.


Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

140 N. Wright St, Naperville, IL 60540
(708) 860-2404 (Lisa) or (630) 305-4196, ext. 1 (Patti)

Some areas that may be worked on include cooperation, communication, imitation, math and reading readiness skills, and play and leisure activities.


Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation

Mailing address: 6820 W. Depmster St., Morton Grove, IL 60053
Phone: (847) 966-5522

Special recreation cooperative.


Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association

1770 W. Centennial Place, Addison, IL 60101
Phone: (630) 620-4500

Special recreation cooperative.


Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association

820 E. Terra Cotta, Suite 125, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Phone: (815) 459-0737

Special recreation cooperative.


Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association

3105 MacArthur, Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 509-9400

Special recreation cooperative.


Northwest Special Recreation Association

Theresa Waite
3000 W. Central Road, Suite 205, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Phone: (847) 392-2848

Special recreation cooperative.


Oak Lawn Park District/Special Recreation Cooperative

4625 W. 110th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: (708) 857-7614

Special recreation cooperative.


Piotrowski Park District Spring Camp

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: David Donohue
4247 West 31st St, Chicago, IL 60623
Phone: (312) 745-4804

Activities include: swimming, sports, exercise, etc.


SEASPAR Day Camp

4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: (630) 960-7600
Email: info@seaspar.org

Offers multiple day camps each summer to provide a structured environment in which to enjoy productive leisure activities.


Shabbona Park Summer Day Camp

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Laura LeVitus
6935 W. Addison St, Chicago, IL 60634
Phone: (773) 685-6205

Activities include but are not limited to swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, baseball, and tennis. 


South Suburban Special Recreation Association

19910 80th Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60487
Phone: (815) 806-0384

SSRA is a therapeutic recreation program organized to provide individuals with disabilities or special needs the opportunity to be involved in year-round recreation.


South West Special Recreation Association

12521 S. Kostner Ave, Alsip, IL 60803
Phone: (708) 389-9423

Special recreation cooperative.


Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County (SRACLC)

290 Oakwood Road, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Phone: (847) 816-4866

Special recreation cooperative that serves seven communities: Vernon Hills, Lake Zurich, Mundelein, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Grayslake, and Hawthorn Woods. Provides programming for individuals, families, and SibShops for siblings of individuals with disabilities.  


Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County (SRSNLC)

Katie Kozuch
2200 E. Grass Lake Road, Lindenhurst, IL 60046
Phone: (847) 356-6011

Special recreation cooperative.


Special Recreation of Joliet and Channahon

3000 W. Jefferson St, Joliet, IL 60435
Phone: (815) 741-7275, ext. 169

Special recreation cooperative.


Special Recreation Services (SRS)

1624 E. 154th St., Dolton, IL 60419
Phone: (708) 841-1071 ext. 233

Special recreation cooperative.


Northern Will County Special Recreation Association

10 Montrose Drive, Romeoville, IL 60446
Phone: (815) 407-1819
Email: info@nwcsra.org

Special recreation cooperative.


Tuesday's Child Behavioral Summer Camp

c/o DePaul College Prep
Where: 3633 N. California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618-4602
Phone: (773) 423-5055

This is a great opportunity for your child to receive behavioral support in a fun, peer-based environment.


Warren Special Recreation Association

100 S. Greenleaf, Gurnee, IL 60031
Phone: (847) 244-6619

Special recreation cooperative.


Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)

116 N. Schmale Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188
Phone: (630) 681-0962

Special recreation cooperative.


Westside Children's Therapy

1725 S. Naperville Road - Suite 110, Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: 630-509-4911
email: wheatonadmin@westsidechildrenstherapy.com

Offers a variety of therapies, including ABA, speech, feeding, physical, occupational therapy and counseling. Additionally, Westside offers diagnostic evaluation/testing and summer camp programming. 


Vittum Park-Special Recreation Programming (Chicago Park District)

Contact: Michael Floyd
5010 W. 50th St, Chicago, IL 60638
Phone: (773) 284-6022

An introduction to physical activity class will allow young participants to not only learn the basics of sports but increase fine and gross motor skills, socialization, coordination, and sensory integration.

Sports & Play

Advocate Illinois Masonic Pediatric Developmental Center

3040 N. Wilton Ave, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 296-7340

Ongoing exercise and recreational activities group. Bi-lingual therapy services available (Spanish).


Arlington Pediatric Therapy Management Services, Ltd.

Let's Play
Facilitator: Krista Stewart, developmental therapist
3105 N. Wilke Road, Suite H, Arlington Heights, IL 60004-1450
Phone: (847) 255-8690, ext. 137

Let's play together and make some friends. In this group, there will be a lot of hands on play and learning experiences.


BDI Playhouse Children's Therapy

Two Locations:  

Aurora: 600 N. Commons Drive, Suite 102 Aurora, IL  60504 

Orland Park: 11411 W. 183rd Street. Suite B Orland Park 60467

708.478.1820 

We provide Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy along with Aquatic Therapy, Gait Clinic, Feeding Clinic, Casting and Bike Riding Lessons for kids and young adults (birth - 25).


The Center for Hope & Healing

Jessica K. Paganis, MSW, LSW, P.L.A.Y Project Home Consultant
16W241 South Frontage Road, Suites 35 & 36, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Phone: (630) 468-2341
Email: jessica@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com

Therapists help strengthen each child's social-emotional development by forming a close relationship that allows children to express and regulate emotions.


Chicago Children’s Museum - Play for All

700 East Grand Avenue, Suite 127. Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 527-1000


Chicago Dance Therapy

Erica Hornthal
1516 Greenwood Ave, Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone number: (847) 848-0697
Email: info@northshoredancetherapy.com

Dance therapy and counseling services provided by board-certified dance therapists and licensed clinical counselors.


City Kids, Inc.

5669 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, IL 60646
Phone: (773) 467-5669
Email: citykidsfun.play.learn@gmail.com

Developmental play groups led by speech therapist and some volunteers. The play groups involve free play, circle time, story time, fine and gross motor play, and sensory based play.


C.I.T.Y. of Support

Free parent group that links families, primarily in the NW suburbs, to parent meetup and child playdate events. Events occur several times per monthl. Click here for calendar. 


Chicago White Sox Kids Club

333 W. 35th St, Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: (312) 674-5504
Email: kidsclub@chisox.com

All-Star members receive: official membership card, welcome postcard, White Sox gym bag, stopwatch, jump rope, baseball cap, stickers, temporary tattoos, baseball cards (set of six) featuring current players, and four ticket coupons redeemable for upper reserved seats.


Communication Clubhouse

Downers Grove Site: 2901 Finley Road, Suite 102, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: 630-495-6800

Jefferson Park Site: 4958 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60630
Phone: 773-205-8505

Roscoe Village Site: 2630 W. Bradley Place, Suite A. Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: 312-955-0089

Email: info@clubhousetherapy.com

The Clubhouse is a multi-disciplinary, integrated team of professionals who empower parents to enhance the lives of their family members. It is the mission of the Clubhouse to celebrate a client’s strengths while fortifying them in their areas of need. We do this through partnership with the family.


Elena Kaiser, MA, ATR-BC, LCPC

Counseling and Art Therapy
2530 Crawford Ave, Suite 305, Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 337-2377
Email: elenakaiser25@gmail.com

Provides non-directive play therapy. Consistent with the principles developed by Virginia Axline, Elena develops a warm and friendly relationship with the child.


Family Health Center - Infant Welfare Society of Chicago

3600 W Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 782-2800

Services at Angel Harvey Family Health Center include the Child-centered Health & Advanced Therapies (CHAT) program and other direct care services which provide comprehensive, bilingual developmental and behavioral health services that address the needs of underserved children and their families. It coordinates child development services across departments and enables timely interventions for our young patients who are at risk for developmental delays. Services at the center include Medical, DentalVisionSpeech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Skills Groups, and Counseling. Family support groups are also available. Call Cynthia Arias (773-782-5003) for SLP, OT, and groups.


The Field Museum - Field for All

1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 922-9410

For more information on the Field for All App: https://www.fieldmuseum.org/visit/accessibility  

Sensory Friendly “Field For All” & Sensory Saturdays: we want everyone to have a great time at the museum, so we strive to make our programs, exhibitions, and facilities accessible for everyone by removing barriers, delivering a welcoming and relevant experience, and providing opportunities for meaningful engagement. The Field Museum also hosts Sensory Saturdays where families enjoy a sensory-friendly morning in the Crown Family PlayLab once a month.


Five Keys Yoga, LLC

Erin Haddock
2225 W. Wabansia Ave., Suite 204, Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (847) 899-0441
Email: erin@5keysyoga.com

Singing, breathing exercises, yoga poses, and deep relaxation for children with autism to promote regulation of their behaviors and emotions.


Funtastic Gymnastic Therapy

5 Revere Drive, Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (224) 554-9634
Email: funtastictherapies@yahoo.com

Utilizes fun aquatic and gymnastic environments to encourage and increase body and spatial awareness, tactile discovery, strength and confidence in each and every unique child.


Gymquest

Special Needs Playtime
14511 S. Van Dyke Road, Plainfield, IL 60544
Phone: (815) 609-6360

GymQuest invites every child, no matter what skill level, to benefit from learning the fundamentals of gymnastics and tumbling which can carry over to any number of other sports.


Have Dreams

515 Busse Highway, Suite 150, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 685-0250
Email: info@havedreams.org

Three levels of swim instruction, Special Olympics Aquatics, and Special Olympics Track & Field.


Irving Park YMCA

4251 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60641
Phone: (773) 777-7500

Swim classes offered for those children on the autism spectrum, including neurological, physical, or socially challenged individuals that focus on developing water safety, social interaction, and basic swimming skills.


Kaitlin's Hideout 

526 Crescent Blvd., Suite 7, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Phone: (630) 460-0878

Provides social play groups focusing on socialization, teamwork, following directions, turn taking and table manners. A snack is provided.


Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)

High Ridge YMCA
2424 W. Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 876-2535
Email: info@keenchicago.org

Volunteer led organization that provides free one to one recreational opportunities such as swimming and other sports for children with mental and physical disabilities, such as autism and other developmental delays.


Learning Through Play Center for Child Development

633 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: (312) 458-9865
Email: info@pediatricresources.org

Provides therapeutic playgroups led by speech language pathologists, board-certified behavior therapists, occupational therapists and developmental therapists.


LEEP Forward Developmental Center

Lorell Marin, MST, DT, Founder
1280 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 255-8155
leepforward1@aol.com

Services span early childhood through adolescence. Provides individual and group (social skills) therapy for children with autism, Asperger's and SPD using a DIR/Floortime approach. Additionally, services include assessment and treatment in developmental, speech and language, occupational, physical and behavior therapy services. ABA services are provided in-home and in-clinic. LEEP is also a certified Early Intervention program.


Misericordia Heart of Mercy

Tina's Playgroup
Contact: Anne Maddock
6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: (773) 273-3064
Email: annem@misericordia.com

Interactive playgroup for children with special needs and their families. The playgroup is open to all levels of ability and participants are not required to attend every meeting. 


Oak Leyden Developmental Services

411 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, IL60302
Phone: (708) 524-1050

Play group works on gross motor time, circle singing, each month has a different theme, snack-time and other activities planned.


Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum (AD,SPD,PDD-NOS)

Meeting location varies on event.

A play/support group for parents who have children with sensory issues, autism, aspergers, and PPD-NOS.


Playworks Therapy

2043 West Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: (773) 332-9439
Email: info@playworkschicago.com

Play groups for social language and social skills groups.


Pyramid Early Learning Center

3048 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: (312) 458-9865
Email: info@pediatricresources.org

Provides therapeutic playgroups led by speech language pathologists, board-certified behavior therapists, occupational therapists and developmental therapists.


Right Fit Willowbrook

Bradley LaRocque
7101 Adams St #7, Willowbrook, IL 60527
Phone: 630-850-4050
Email: brad@right-fit.com

Right Fit provides fitness and wellness services to individuals with special needs including intellectual, cognitive, and developmental disabilities including Autism and Down Syndrome.


Shedd Aquarium’s Calm Waters

1200 S Lake Shore DriveChicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-939-2438

Calm Waters is an exclusive event for guests with disabilities to explore Shedd Aquarium’s exhibits and experiences in a comfortable and accepting environment.


Sky High Sports

6424 Howard St, Niles, IL 60714
Phone: (847) 801-5867
Email: nilinfo@jumpskyhigh.com

Sky High Sports welcomes jumpers with special needs, along with their siblings, family, and friends the first Tuesday of every month from 3-6 p.m for a unique jump session.


Special Recreation at Vittum Park

Michael Floyd
5010 W. 50th St, Chicago, IL 60638
Phone: (773) 284-6022

Chicago Park District programs for individuals with special needs.


Stacey Glorioso, OTR/L

Phone: (815) 351-5770
Email: JoshuasDragonCrew@gmail.com

Play group focusing on socialization, integrating sensory information and communication skills.


Urban Brain and Body, LLC

2551 N. Clark St., Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 257-8550
Email: info@urbanbrainandbody.com

Provides play and socialization groups.


We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym

553 E Dundee Rd, Palatine, IL 60074
847-496-5674

We Rock the Spectrum Chicago/Palatine provides children with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills. Our unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development. Through our nonprofit My Brother Rocks The Spectrum Foundation, we provide social skills groups and activities for children across the spectrum.

Preschool

Autism Camp Programs

Bessemer Park Summer Day Camp

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
8930 S. Muskegon Ave., Chicago, IL 60617
Phone: (312) 747-6023

Camp activities include: Special Olympics training, golf, soccer, tennis, softball, bocce ball, swimming, arts and crafts, fishing, personal development classes, and speech class.


Building Great Beginnings Family Retreat Camp

Contact: Maria Bellantuono
(847) 533-6224
email: bgb@buildinggreatbeginnings.info

Parents, siblings, and children with special needs and have the opportunity to get “survival tips”, relationship tips, participate in activities such as ziplining and rock wall climbing, and receive support from other families at Camp Henry Horner.


Charlie's Gift

Center for Autism and Related Disorders
1048 W. Ogden Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60521
Phone: (630) 323-7500 x239
Email: charliesgift@att.net

Provides individual and group occupational, speech, and mental health/behavioral therapy for children/families through a family centered, team-based approach, as well as family education/support and other activities.


Connect PLAY at Lawrence Hall

Renee Lehocky
rlehocky@lawrencehall.org        
(773)320-1626

Between Albany Park and Lincoln Square on Lawrence

Connect PLAY offers safe and fun, small after school playgroups for children on the spectrum, with caring, expert staff leading activities tailored to each individual child. Let Connect PLAY lighten your load for an afternoon and call for an assessment today!


Covenant Harbor Family Summer Camp

1724 Main St., Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Phone: (262) 248-3600

Activities include swimming, rock climbing, arts and crafts, board games, and open gym.


Creative Exchange Music Therapy Clinic

Craig Christiansen, MT-BC, President
Kari Christiansen, Director
1527 Westchester Blvd., Suite One South, Westchester, Illinois 60154
Phone: (708) 345-6100 or (773) 562-6202
Email: info@creativeexchangemusic.com

The Playing with Style group works on improving listening skills and encourages creativity by exploring different styles of music through listening games, instrument playing, and songwriting.


Douglas Park (Chicago Park District)

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Valonda Smith
1401 S. Sacremento Blvd., Chicago, IL 60623
Phone: (773) 762-2842

Activities include: recreational, computer and board games, softball, track and field, Special Olympics training, sign language available, etc.


Dynamic Lynks

1100 Lake St. Suite 100C, Oak Park, IL 60301
Phone: (708) 620-2373

Social skills groups and camps for children of all ages and abilities that incorporate current social and emotional skill curricula in tandem with evidence-based music therapy techniques and current autism best practices.


Eckhart Park District Summer Camp (Chicago Park District)

Contact: Melody Mitchell
1330 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (312) 746-5490

Activities include swimming, outdoor/indoor sports, field trips, and much more.


Fox Valley Special Recreation Association

2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 907-1114

Year-round recreation activities are offered to provide people with disabilities with the support and tools they need to live active and healthy lifestyles.


Gateway Special Recreation Association

15W431 59th St., Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Phone: (630) 325-3857

A variety of recreation and sports programs are offered in order to promote the health, well-being, and quality of life for people with disabilities.


Glick Family Camp

Contact: Tamara Besser, LCSW
26710 W. Nippersink, Ingleside, IL 60041
Phone: (773) 765-3159

Camp Red Leaf provides children diagnosed with developmental disabilities and their families an opportunity to relax, mingle with other families, and enjoy the outdoors on 181 acres of Illinois countryside.


Harrison Park District (Chicago Park District)

Contact: Sylvia Herrera
1824 S. Wood, Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 746-5491
email: sylvia.herrera@chicagoparkdistrict.com

Weekly program options include special olympic swimming, young athletes, daily living skills, special olympic bowling, special olympic sports, arts & crafts, dinner & a movie, fun & games, super saturdays, adult leadership club, and learning to swim.


Have Dreams

Dana Fenceroy
515 Busse Highway, Suite 150, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 905-0702

After-school programs, day programs, and workplace training services are offered to those ages 16 months and older affected with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as diagnostic and family support services.


High Ridge YMCA Summer Camp

Contact: Amanda Goss or Dannica Williams
2424 W. Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 262-8300

Activities include swimming, group games, arts and crafts, kick-ball, board games, field trips, and free play.


Jesse Owens Park (Chicago Park District)

Contact: Jetaune Guyton
2031 East 88th St., Chicago, IL 60617
Phone: (312) 747-6709

Special recreation cooperative.


Julie Herr & Associates

Julie Herr, MS, developmental therapist
2032 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL, 60612
Phone: (312) 388-8883

Children with and without special needs will have an opportunity to foster relationships, play with peers, build confidence, and master new skills in a day and/or overnight camp.


Keshet

3210 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 205-0274

Jen Phillips, Chief Program Officer
Marni Sommerfield, Asst. Director of Recreation & Camp

With 18 day and overnight camp locations, Keshet has a camp program that fits nearly any interest, special need and background. We are proud to partner with JCC Chicago day and overnight camps, JCYS, Junior Gan Israel, Camp Nageela Midwest and Ramah Day Camp. Assistance is available for some families demonstrating financial need. For overnight camp, assistance is available for up to four weeks. 


KGH Autism Services

Phone: (224) 326-2206
Email: intake@kghautismservices.com
1161 Lake Cook Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015

Specializing in developmental-based ABA therapy (NDBI, ESDM) for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with ASD, in the home or at their specialized center. Providing therapeutic preschool and kindergarten, SLP, OT, mental health, parent training, sibling support, social groups, community support, significant problematic behavior support (FA) from early childhood through young adulthood. KGH also offers a Teen & Young Adult Center with a teaching apartment for teaching life skills. Serving Chicagoland, North Shore, West Suburbs, Northwest Suburbs, and Far North Suburbs. KGH has been supporting children and families for over 19 years.


Kick Start Learning and Play

Northfield, IL & Libertyville, IL
Phone: (847) 386-6560
info@kickstartptn.com

Clinical services include developmental therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and social skills groups for children up to early adolescence. Additionally, Kick Start has early intervention, therapeutic preschool and summer camp programs. 


Lake View YMCA

3333 N. Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 248-3333

Activities include: outside activities, swimming, sports, field trips, etc.


Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

140 N. Wright St, Naperville, IL 60540
(708) 860-2404 (Lisa) or (630) 305-4196, ext. 1 (Patti)

Some areas that may be worked on include cooperation, communication, imitation, math and reading readiness skills, and play and leisure activities.


Loyola Park District Summer Day Camp (Chicago Park District)

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Jose Herrera
1230 W. Greenleaf Ave., Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: (773) 262-8605

Activities include: arts and crafts, sports, swimming, bowling, field trips, nutrition, music, board games and more.


Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation

Mailing address: 6820 W. Depmster St., Morton Grove, IL 60053
Phone: (847) 966-5522

Special recreation cooperative.


Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA)

285 Memorial Drive, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
P: 815-459-0737

NISRA provides year round recreation activities for people with disabilities in 13 communities in northern Illinois. Since 1976, children and adults of all ability levels have enjoyed socializing, building skills and having fun in hundreds of weekly programs, special events, camps and trips each year.


Northern Will County Special Recreation Association

10 Montrose Drive, Romeoville, IL 60446
Phone: (815) 407-1819
Email: info@nwcsra.org

Special recreation cooperative.


River Valley Special Recreation Association

1335 E. Broadway, Bradley, IL 60915
Phone: (815) 933-7336
email: rvsra@sbcglobal.net

Special recreation cooperative.


Rockford Park District

Therapeautic Recreation
401 S. Main St., Rockford, IL, 61101
Phone: (815) 987-1607

Programs based on sports and fitness, arts and leisure, and social acitivities are offered to promote the development, maintanence, and experssion of a meaningful leisure lifestyle to people with disabilities.


SEASPAR Day Camp

4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: (630) 960-7600
Email: info@seaspar.org

Offers multiple day camps each summer to provide a structured environment in which to enjoy productive leisure activities.


Shabbona Park Summer Day Camp

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Laura LeVitus
6935 W. Addison St, Chicago, IL 60634
Phone: (773) 685-6205

Activities include but are not limited to swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, baseball, and tennis. 


South Suburban Special Recreation Association

19910 80th Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60487
Phone: (815) 806-0384

SSRA is a therapeutic recreation program organized to provide individuals with disabilities or special needs the opportunity to be involved in year-round recreation.


South West Special Recreation Association

12521 S. Kostner Ave, Alsip, IL 60803
Phone: (708) 389-9423

Special recreation cooperative.


Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County (SRACLC)

290 Oakwood Road, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Phone: (847) 816-4866

Special recreation cooperative that serves seven communities: Vernon Hills, Lake Zurich, Mundelein, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Grayslake, and Hawthorn Woods. Provides programming for individuals, families, and SibShops for siblings of individuals with disabilities.  


Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County (SRSNLC)

Katie Kozuch
2200 E. Grass Lake Road, Lindenhurst, IL 60046
Phone: (847) 356-6011

Special recreation cooperative.


Special Recreation of Joliet and Channahon

3000 W. Jefferson St, Joliet, IL 60435
Phone: (815) 741-7275, ext. 169

Special recreation cooperative.


Special Recreation Services (SRS)

1624 E. 154th St., Dolton, IL 60419
Phone: (708) 841-1071 ext. 233

Special recreation cooperative.


Tuesday's Child Behavioral Summer Camp

c/o DePaul College Prep
Where: 3633 N. California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618-4602
Phone: (773) 423-5055

This is a great opportunity for your child to receive behavioral support in a fun, peer-based environment.


Vittum Park-Special Recreation Programming (Chicago Park District)

Contact: Michael Floyd
5010 W. 50th St, Chicago, IL 60638
Phone: (773) 284-6022

An introduction to physical activity class will allow young participants to not only learn the basics of sports but increase fine and gross motor skills, socialization, coordination, and sensory integration.


Warren Special Recreation Association

100 S. Greenleaf, Gurnee, IL 60031
Phone: (847) 244-6619

Special recreation cooperative.


Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)

116 N. Schmale Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188
Phone: (630) 681-0962

Special recreation cooperative.


Westside Children's Therapy

1725 S. Naperville Road - Suite 110, Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: 630-509-4911
email: wheatonadmin@westsidechildrenstherapy.com

Offers a variety of therapies, including ABA, speech, feeding, physical, occupational therapy and counseling. Additionally, Westside offers diagnostic evaluation/testing and summer camp programming. 


West Pullman Park Summer Day Camp 

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Ron Wright
401 W. 123rd St., Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: (312) 747-7090

Activities include field trips, "learn to swim" program, carnival, arts and crafts, sports and much more.


West Suburban Special Recreation Association

2915 Maple St., Franklin Park, IL 60131
Phone: (847) 455-2100

Special recreation cooperative.

Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding

Blazing Prairie Stars, Inc. 

47W635 Beith Road, Maple Park, IL 60151
Email: blazingps@msn.com
Phone: (630) 365-5550

Provides hippotherapy as a strategy for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy to meet client-centered goals.


BraveHearts

Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center
Sarah Newland, program director
7319 Maxon Road, Harvard, IL 60033
Phone: (815) 943-8226 or (815) 765-2113

BraveHearts is a PATH International-premier accredited center (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) whose programs teach horseback riding skills to children and adults with cognitive and/or physical disabilities as well as therapeutic carriage driving lessons and a wide variety of recreational therapy activities.


Bull Run Equestrian Center

Contact: Loren Gineris, PT
email: dljjjgineris@sbcglobal.net
P.O. Box 870, 3N065 Anderson Road, Elburn, IL 60119
Phone: (630) 715-0354

Strides In Motion is a program in which physical therapists work with side-walkers, horse leaders, and arena assistants to combine clinic-based treatments with hippotherapy in order to achieve a client's functional goals in a natural setting.


Central Illinois Riding Therapy

Judith Kruse
305 Neumann Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611
Phone: (309) 699-3710
email: cirt@cirt.info

Therapeutic horseback riding for individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.


Equestrian Connection

Diana Schnell, executive director
600 N. Bradley Road, Lake Forest, IL, 60045
Phone: (847) 615-8696
email: info@equestrianconnection.org

Hippotherapy, art therapy, and therapeautic riding are offered with features such as a 16,000 square foot heated arena, riding trails, an outdoor arena, therapy rooms, job and living skill programs, after school clubs, summer and spring camps, and massage therapy for both clients and caregivers.


EquiTherapy

9501 N. Austin Ave., Morton Grove, IL 60053
Phone: (847) 965-1632

Provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.


Freedom Woods

9501 Austin Ave., Morton Grove, IL 60053
Phone: (847) 967-9800
email: freedomwoodsfarm@ymail.com

Provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy; program placement will be determined via an evaluation performed by a licensed therapist.


Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities

28W051 Liberty St., Winfield, IL 60190
Phone: (630) 588-8543
email: info@ftea.org

Provides individualized therapuetic activities for people with disabilities.


Heather Ridge Farm

Cheryl Case
31309 E. 2500 N. Road, Cabrey, IL 60919
Phone: (630) 853-9813
email: heatherridgestables@yahoo.com

Provides individualized therapuetic riding for people with disabilities. Get more information about services and fees.


Holistic Riding Equestrian Therapy

Chicago and surrounding suburbs

Marlene Karman
630-878-8096
holisticriding19@gmail.com 

HRET is passionately committed to empowering the lives of individuals with varied physical, emotional, cognitive, and social abilities through the spirit of the horse. Our programs include therapeutic riding (unmounted and mounted activities), veteran programs, farm and nature experience, and trail classes. We have no age restrictions and we strive to accommodate all individuals. 


Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding NFP

Nicholas Coyne or Paula Lundell
1181 Riverwoods Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Phone: (847) 234-2411
email: nick@horsefeatherscenter.org or paula.m.lundell@horsefeatherscenter.org

Equine-assisted treatment programs for people of all ages and all abilities conducted one-on-one to enhance skills that are generalizable for daily life and for boosting self-esteem.


Manhattan Meadows 

Lisa Rizzo, Owner
Route 52 and Huff Road, Manhattan, IL 60442
Phone: (815) 919-4149

Provides private therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.


Midwest Center for Children's Development NFP

Beth Saip, DPT Clinical Director
4701 N. Oak St, Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Phone: (815) 788-1020
Email: info@mccdtherapy.com

Provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy services with an equine assisted model.


New Kingdom Trailriders

18929 81st. St., Sherrard, IL, 61281
Phone: (309) 764-4220
Email: info@nktriders.org

Provides therapeutic horse riding and motion therapy.


Paradise Equestrian Therapy Center

18146 East Country Road 750 N., Charleston, IL, 61920
(217) 232-0022
email: petcenter2007@yahoo.com

Specialized therapeautic horse riding sessions created for each individual by a therapeutic riding instructor or a health professional.


Partners for Progress NFP

Amanda Braden
email: amanda@partnersforprogressnfp.org
23525 W. Milton Road, Wauconda, IL, 60084
Phone: (847) 438-5400

Provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy.


Pegasus Special Riders, Inc.

6668 S. Carthage Road, P.O. Box 293, Oregon, IL 61061
Phone: (815) 973-3177
email: admin@pegasusspecialriders.org

Provides equine assisted therapy to physically, mentally and/or emotionally challenged individuals with the help of physical therapists, trained instructors, medical experts, and volunteers.


Rainbow Riders

822 200th Ave., Monmouth, IL, 61462
Phone: (309) 734-4849
email: karenangotti@gmail.com

Therapeutic horseback riding program for children with special needs that provides safe, professional, and affordable therapeutic horseback riding opportunities that contribute to the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being of each child.


Ray Graham Association

Hanson Center Horsemanship Program
Email: horsemanship@raygraham.org
Phone: (630) 620-2222

Therapeautic riding lessons for individuals with a wide range of disabilities including physical, intellectual, developmental, sensory, and social.


Sojourn Therapeutic Riding Center

Barbara Mulry
24861 S. 88th Ave., Frankfort, IL, 60423
Phone: (708) 539-3078
Email: bmulry@gmail.com

Provides equine assisted therapy to physically, mentally and/or emotionally challenged individuals.


School for Therapeutic and Recreational Riding (STARR)

3180 S. Mount Zion Road, Decatur, IL 62521
Phone: (217) 864-2463

Therapeutic horseback riding for children with special needs.


Walk On

Mary Illing
26665 W Cuba, Barrington, IL 60010
Phone: (847) 381-4231
Email: walkonfarm@walkonfarm.org or milling@walkonfarm.org

Equine assisted activities for people with physical, cognitive, social and emotional disabilities.


White Oaks Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Whiteside County Fairgrounds
201 W. Winfield St. Morrison, IL 61270
Phone: (815) 772-2669
email: rideatwhoa@yahoo.com

Provides recreational, educational, therapeutic, and social opportunities for persons with disabilities by virtue of interactions with horses.

Sports & Play

Advocate Illinois Masonic Pediatric Developmental Center

3040 N. Wilton Ave, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 296-7340

Ongoing exercise and recreational activities group. Bi-lingual therapy services available (Spanish).


American Youth Soccer Organization

P.O. Box 557514 Chicago, IL, 60655
Phone: (773) 432-4210

Region 423: a quality soccer experience for children whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to participate successfully on mainstream teams.


The Autism Project

Hubbard Street Dance Center
1147 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 850-9744
email: info@hubbardstreetdance.com

This well-structured curriculum was developed collaboratively with the Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays at the University of Illinois at Chicago (RCADD) to allow students to explore dance technique and the choreographic process using developmentally appropriate methods, supported by a 1:1 teacher/student ratio as needed.


BDI Playhouse Children's Therapy

Two Locations:  

Aurora: 600 N. Commons Drive, Suite 102 Aurora, IL  60504 

Orland Park: 11411 W. 183rd Street. Suite B Orland Park 60467

708.478.1820 

We provide Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy along with Aquatic Therapy, Gait Clinic, Feeding Clinic, Casting and Bike Riding Lessons for kids and young adults (birth - 25).


BelAir

2442 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(872) 216-4535

Jui-Jitsu and Tech for kids with developmental differences - move, play and learn! First class is free.


Brickology - Legos

Beth Weis
Phone: (847) 494-5346
email: beth@bethweis.com

Team-building projects with Legos for children with autism spectrum disorder to promote social, emotional, cognitive, and motor enrichment.


Brooklyn Boulders - Adaptive Climbing Group

Adaptive Climbing Group
100 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 268-0002
Email: chicago@adaptiveclimbinggroup.org

Adaptive recreational activities good for individuals with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities.


Buddy Baseball of Buffalo Grove

Leslie Klassman
401 E. Aptakisic Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 630-4358

Two leagues each year for children with disabilites.


Chicago Children’s Museum - Play for All

700 East Grand Avenue, Suite 127. Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 527-1000


Chicago Dance Therapy

Erica Hornthal
1516 Greenwood Ave, Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone number: (847) 848-0697
Email: info@northshoredancetherapy.com

Dance therapy and counseling services provided by board-certified dance therapists and licensed clinical counselors.


Chicago White Sox Kids Club

333 W. 35th St, Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: (312) 674-5504
Email: kidsclub@chisox.com

All-Star members receive: official membership card, welcome postcard, White Sox gym bag, stopwatch, jump rope, baseball cap, stickers, temporary tattoos, baseball cards (set of six) featuring current players, and four ticket coupons redeemable for upper reserved seats.


C.I.T.Y. of Support

Free parent group that links families, primarily in the NW suburbs, to parent meetup and child playdate events. Events occur several times per monthl. Click here for calendar. 


 

Communication Clubhouse

Downers Grove Site: 2901 Finley Road, Suite 102, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: 630-495-6800

Jefferson Park Site: 4958 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60630
Phone: 773-205-8505

Roscoe Village Site: 2630 W. Bradley Place, Suite A. Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: 312-955-0089

Email: info@clubhousetherapy.com

The Clubhouse is a multi-disciplinary, integrated team of professionals who empower parents to enhance the lives of their family members. It is the mission of the Clubhouse to celebrate a client’s strengths while fortifying them in their areas of need. We do this through partnership with the family.


Elk Grove Gymnastics School

775 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60007
Phone: (847) 437-3447

Services include: field trips, cheer tumbling, birthday parties, competitive gymnastics teams that will be played at Special Olympics functions, circus classes, and beginning/intermediate/advanced gymnastics classes.


Exercise Connection

Amber Pantaleo
amber@exerciseconnection.com
(773) 575-5100

Our services target neurodiverse people ages Kindergarten-Adulthood in the Chicagoland Area. We are using exercise to successfully empower the autism and special needs community to build an active lifestyle and develop an up-and-coming workforce, resulting in many untold opportunities. Reach out for class and location information. 


Family Yoga at Campanelli YMCA

300 W. Wise Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193
Phone: (847) 891-9622

A class designed to help participants build rapport and a basic understanding of yoga for the whole family; all participants do not have to be affected by autism.


The Field Museum - Field for All

1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 922-9410

For more information on the Field for All App: https://www.fieldmuseum.org/visit/accessibility  

Sensory Friendly “Field For All” & Sensory Saturdays: we want everyone to have a great time at the museum, so we strive to make our programs, exhibitions, and facilities accessible for everyone by removing barriers, delivering a welcoming and relevant experience, and providing opportunities for meaningful engagement. The Field Museum also hosts Sensory Saturdays where families enjoy a sensory-friendly morning in the Crown Family PlayLab once a month.


Five Keys Yoga, LLC

Erin Haddock
2225 W. Wabansia Ave., Suite 204, Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (847) 899-0441
Email: erin@5keysyoga.com

Singing, breathing exercises, yoga poses, and deep relaxation for children with autism to promote regulation of their behaviors and emotions.


Focus Martial Arts and Fitness

Special Focus Karate
9342 Virginia Road, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
Phone: (847) 458-0938

A positive environment in which children are encouraged to use the individual gifts they have plus the karate skills they learn to make a difference in their lives.


Fox Valley Special Recreation Association

2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 907-1114

Year-round recreation activities are offered to provide people with disabilities with the support and tools they need to live a healthy lifestyle.


Funtastic Gymnastic Therapy

5 Revere Drive, Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (224) 554-9634
Email: funtastictherapies@yahoo.com

Utilizes fun aquatic and gymnastic environments to encourage and increase body and spatial awareness, tactile discovery, strength and confidence in each and every unique child.


Gymquest

Special Needs Playtime
14511 S. Van Dyke Road, Plainfield, IL 60544
Phone: (815) 609-6360

GymQuest invites every child, no matter what skill level, to benefit from learning the fundamentals of gymnastics and tumbling which can carry over to any number of other sports.


Have Dreams

515 Busse Highway, Suite 150, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 685-0250
Email: info@havedreams.org

Three levels of swim instruction, Special Olympics Aquatics, and Special Olympics Track & Field.


Invincible Silent Warriors

Katie Grubba
1341 Manor Court, Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: (224) 800-7265
Email: grubbacoaches.sbgil@gmail.com

Our program is designed to help children and young adults learn self-defense skills and socialization.


Irving Park YMCA

4251 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60641
Phone: (773) 777-7500

Swim classes offered for those children on the autism spectrum, including neurological, physical, or socially challenged individuals that focus on developing water safety, social interaction, and basic swimming skills.


JoRide Bicycles

Steven Cohen
Phone: (630) 258-2543
email: steven@joride.com

JoRide Bicycles are pedal-less bicycles and were created for individuals with special needs, regardless of age or physical limitation, to create the ability, freedom, independence, comfort, and stability to learn how to ride a bicycle.


Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)

High Ridge YMCA
2424 W. Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 876-2535
Email: info@keenchicago.org

Volunteer led organization that provides free one to one recreational opportunities such as swimming and other sports for children with mental and physical disabilities, such as autism and other developmental delays.


LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

601 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: (847) 592-9700

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is teaming up with AUTISM SPEAKS® to provide Play Well Days, a brand new sensory friendly LEGO® experience on the first Saturday of every month.


Little City - Children's Programs

1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
Main Campus: 847-358-5510
700 N Sacramento, Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60612
Chicago office: 773-265-1539

Our ChildBridge Centers provide individuals up to age 21 with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and therapeutic day school, home-based supports and therapy, and foster care/adoption services.


Options & Advocacy

365 Millennium Dr., Suite A
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
(815) 477-4720, ext. 233

This program connects families to diagnostic locations, provided resources and referrals, helps to create a service plan for the families short and long term goals, provides consultation and advocacy, offers parent support group opportunities and support individuals with an ASD through Game Nights and other social opportunities. Sibshops for siblings available.


Premier Gymnastics

2066 Mitchell Drive, Oswego, IL 60543
Phone: (630) 554-7480
Email: PremierGymWest@gmail.com

Open gym time for children with autism.


Right Fit Willowbrook

Bradley LaRocque
7101 Adams St #7, Willowbrook, IL 60527
Phone: 630-850-4050
Email: brad@right-fit.com

Right Fit provides fitness and wellness services to individuals with special needs including intellectual, cognitive, and developmental disabilities including Autism and Down Syndrome.


Shedd Aquarium’s Calm Waters

1200 S Lake Shore DriveChicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-939-2438

Calm Waters is an exclusive event for guests with disabilities to explore Shedd Aquarium’s exhibits and experiences in a comfortable and accepting environment.


Sky High Sports

6424 Howard St, Niles, IL 60714
Phone: (847) 801-5867
Email: nilinfo@jumpskyhigh.com

Sky High Sports welcomes jumpers with special needs, along with their siblings, family, and friends the first Tuesday of every month from 3-6 p.m for a unique jump session.


Special Needs Baseball Team

Jesus Perez
1440 N. Humboldt Blvd, Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (312) 742-7549

A program for children with special needs to learn the basics of baseball in a safe and non-competitive environment.


Special Recreation at Vittum Park

Michael Floyd
5010 W. 50th St, Chicago, IL 60638
Phone: (773) 284-6022

Chicago Park District programs for individuals with special needs.


We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym

553 E Dundee Rd, Palatine, IL 60074
847-496-5674

We Rock the Spectrum Chicago/Palatine provides children with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills. Our unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development. Through our nonprofit My Brother Rocks The Spectrum Foundation, we provide social skills groups and activities for children across the spectrum.

Elementary School

Autism Camp Programs

Adaptive Sports Camp 

Sponsored by the Parkways Foundation and Variety - The Children's Charian Park
11546 S. Ave. L
Chicago, IL 60617
(312) 742-PLAY
Cook County

Camp for individuals with cognitive, physical, and/or sensory disabilities. Activities include: adaptive cycling, kayaking, fishing, and a variety of sports activities. Camp hours: Monday-Friday from noon to 6 p.m..

Ages: 8 years and up.
Cost: free.


Building Great Beginnings Family Retreat Camp

Contact: Maria Bellantuono
(847) 533-6224
email: bgb@buildinggreatbeginnings.info

Parents, siblings, and children with special needs and have the opportunity to get “survival tips”, relationship tips, participate in activities such as ziplining and rock wall climbing, and receive support from other families at Camp Henry Horner.


Camp Firefly

6639 N Kedzie St., Chicago, IL 60645
(847) 412-4363
campfirefly@jcfs.org

Overnight camp for boys and girls (ages 9-16) with autism spectrum disorder, social anxiety, OCD, and other diagnoses affecting social functioning. Presented with the JCC's of Chicagoland and located at Camp Chi (just outside of Wisconsin Dells), Camp Firefly offers a fun and therapeutic environment focused on enhancing children's social, language, sensory, and adaptive development. 


Camp Hope

Mailing Address: Camp Hope
P.O. Box 687
Lake Forest, IL 60045
(312) 401-HOPE
Lake County
email: camphopeillinois@gmail.com

Five-day recreational and residential summer camp for children, teenagers, and young adults who are challenged by developmental disabilities. Activities include: swimming, dancing, singing, arts and crafts, adaptive sports, cook-outs, magic show, carnival, and much more. Camp Hope will be using the Save and Bergen buildings at:

Camp Algonquin
1889 Cary Road
Algonquin, IL 60102
McHenry County

Ages: 11 years and up.
Cost: $300, includes 1:1 care. Scholarships are available.
Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Accepting twenty campers per session (ten males, ten females).


Camp Little Giant

Vicki R. Lang, CTRS, Camp Director
Touch of Nature Environmental Center
SIU Carbondale Mailcode 6888
(618) 453-1121x 231
Vickil@siu.edu

Camp location: Little Grassy Lake which is part of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and amongst the Shawnee National Forest. Camp Little Giant is American Camping Association (ACA) accredited and was the first camp in the nation to achieve this status. One of the founders of Special Olympics helped to establish this camp. Since we are located on a lake we offer a beach front with swimming in a shallow area as well as a floating dock for those that pass the swim test, paddle boats and a pontoon boat cruise. We also offer sports & games, expressive and traditional arts & crafts, music & drama, nature hikes and related activities, horseback riding, hayrides, talent shows, dances, special events, team building activities, fishing, campfires and of course memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. Ages 8 - adult; scholarships available.


Camp Millhouse

25600 Kelly Rd., South Bend, IN 46614
574-233-2202
campmillhouse@gmail.com

Inspiring self-discovery in individuals with special needs through a safe, traditional camp experience in both day program and overnight camp programs.
 

Virtual camp programming available in light of COVID-19 concerns.


Camp New Hope

Kim Carmack
P.O.. Box 764
Mattoon, IL 61938
(217) 895-2341
Coles County

Camp New Hope was built by parents of children who have developmental disabilities. They offer two programs: summer camp and respite year round. The respite program is an opportunity for parents to take a break from caring for their child who has a disability, while knowing their child is in a safe and caring environment.

Ages: 9-18 years.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost for one-week camp (within area): $100. Cost for one-week camp (out-of-area): $500. Grant/sponsor funds are available. Cost for respite year round (per weekend): $100. State aid is available.
No wait list.


Camp Red Kite

Where: Cleveland Elementary School
3121 W. Byron Street

Camp Red Kite is a summer arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of children on the autism spectrum. The program is led by a team of artists, administrators, and special education teachers dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming, and comfortable environment for children affected by autism. Our aim is to foster a shared arts experience that encourages self expression, social engagement, creative exploration, and above all, FUN! Each day, Camp Red Kite campers will move between classes in Drama, Art, Music and Movement. Red Kite staff ensures a comfortable environment for all campers, and a highly-structured schedule that is displayed pictorially in each room. Each camper receives plenty of personal attention and is encouraged to participate in activities in his or her own unique way. Camp culminates in a final showcase and potluck lunch to share the Camp Red Kite experience with family and friends. To apply, please click on the link above and complete the form. Once we receive your application, we will be in touch to discuss further registration procedures.

Tuition: $825, including registration and materials fees. Financial aid available.


Camp Red Leaf

26710 W Nippersink Rd 
Ingleside, IL 60041-8770

847-740-5010
awarner@jcys.org

Week long youth (ages 9-17) and adult camp experiences are available at Camp Red Leaf throughout the summer months and weekend respite programs available throughout the year. Friendships blossom as campers choose between adaptable sports programs, arts and crafts, the ropes course and zip line, outdoor camping experiences, and lake and heated pool activities. With a camper counselor ratio of 2:1, experiences are as individualized as the campers themselves. Staff members adapt programming to reflect the varied levels, abilities, and needs of each camper while also creating a safe environment where campers are able to challenge themselves.


Camp SOAR (Special Outdoor Adaptive Recreation)

Children’s Research Triangle
70 E. Lake St., Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 726-4011 or email: campsoar@cr-triangle.org

Camp location: Wesley Woods Camp, Williams Bay, WI

The camp is open to children and teens with physical and/or cognitive special needs, such as autism, down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, cerebral palsy, and many other handicapping disorders. 


Camp STAR (Summer Treatment for ADHD and Related Issues)

Dr. Francesca Skowronski
Wayne Thomas School
2939 Summit Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
Lake County
(312) 996-6923

Seven-week day camp for children led by University of Illinois at Chicago clinicians. Skills such as socialization and behavior management are taught in a fun format.

Ages: 6-12 years.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $6,565.
No wait list.


Charlie's Gift

Center for Autism and Related Disorders
1048 W. Ogden Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60521
Phone: (630) 323-7500 x239
Email: charliesgift@att.net

Provides individual and group occupational, speech, and mental health/behavioral therapy for children/families through a family centered, team-based approach, as well as family education/support and other activities.


Chicago Children's Theater Presents: Summer Arts Camp

Contact: Julia Beck
Where: location is TBA (but on the north side of Chicago)
(773) 227-0180, ext. 15.
Cook County
email: redkite@chicagochildrenstheatre.org

Camp Red Kite is led by artists, administrators and special needs teachers dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for children with autism who enjoy making art. Campers will participate in classes throughout the camp day: music and movement, arts and crafts, and drama. Download application here.

Ages: 8-13 years.
Cost: call for rates.
No wait list.


Covenant Harbor Family Summer Camp

1724 Main St., Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Phone: (262) 248-3600

Activities include swimming, rock climbing, arts and crafts, board games, and open gym.


Creative Exchange Music Therapy Clinic

Craig Christiansen, MT-BC, President
Kari Christiansen, Director
1527 Westchester Blvd., Suite One South, Westchester, Illinois 60154
Phone: (708) 345-6100 or (773) 562-6202
Email: info@creativeexchangemusic.com

The Playing with Style group works on improving listening skills and encourages creativity by exploring different styles of music through listening games, instrument playing, and songwriting.


Dynamic Lynks

1100 Lake St. Suite 100C, Oak Park, IL 60301
Phone: (708) 620-2373

Social skills groups and camps for children of all ages and abilities that incorporate current social and emotional skill curricula in tandem with evidence-based music therapy techniques and current autism best practices.


Easterseals

Camp FRIENDship
1939 W 13th St., Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 491-3962
Cook County
email: Campfriendship@eastersealschicago.org

Camp FRIENDship is a summer camp designed to help children ages 5 to 14 acquire social skills within a positive, safe, and fun environment. The camp is tailored for children with autism spectrum disorder, nonverbal learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities and children with similar social skill deficits. Camps are in Chicago and Northwest Indiana; call for updated availability and prices (may change year to year).


Easter Seals Wisconsin - Elks Respite Camp

101 Nob Hill Road, Suite 301
Madison, WI 53713
(608) 277-8288 or (800) 422-2324

Ages: 7-18 years.
Register here.

Also at Easter Seals Wisconsin: Camp Wawbeek
101 Nob Hill Road, Suite 301
Madison, WI 53713
(608) 277-8288 or (800) 422-2324
Dane County

Campers will experience a schedule that is structured, while offering choice and empowerment. A choice of age-appropriate, fun and challenging activities encourage a healthy lifestyle, independent living skills, socialization and transition to adulthood.

Ages: 15-25 years.
Cost: $840.
Register here.


Eckhart Park District Summer Camp (Chicago Park District)

Contact: Melody Mitchell
1330 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (312) 746-5490

Activities include swimming, outdoor/indoor sports, field trips, and much more.


Fox Valley Special Recreation Association

2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 907-1114

Year-round recreation activities are offered to provide people with disabilities with the support and tools they need to live active and healthy lifestyles.


Gage Park District *(CPD) 

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
2411 W. 55th St.
Chicago, IL 60629
(312) 747-7635
Cook County

Ages: 9 years and up.
Year long program, activities include: field trips, arts and crafts, games, sports and swimming.
Cost: call for details. Cash or check only.

Gage Park Summer Day Camp *(CPD)
Activities include: field trips, arts and crafts, games, sports and swimming.
Ages: 9 years and up.
Camp hours: Monday-Friday from noon to 6 p.m.
Cost: $180. Cash or check only.

Gage Park Separate Classes - Join at any time!
Swimming: Mondays, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $5. Cash or check only.

Arts and Crafts: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5 to 6 p.m.
Cost: $5. Cash or check only.

Fitness Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $5. Cash or check only.

Music Classes: Wednesdays, from 7 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $5. Cash or check only.

Leisure Education (includes dinner and homework): Wednesdays, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Cost: $5. Cash or check only.

Cooking classes: Fridays, 5 to 7 p.m.
Cost: $10.


Gateway Special Recreation Association

15W431 59th St., Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Phone: (630) 325-3857

A variety of recreation and sports programs are offered in order to promote the health, well-being, and quality of life for people with disabilities.


Glick Family Camp

Contact: Tamara Besser, LCSW
26710 W. Nippersink, Ingleside, IL 60041
Phone: (773) 765-3159

Camp Red Leaf provides children diagnosed with developmental disabilities and their families an opportunity to relax, mingle with other families, and enjoy the outdoors on 181 acres of Illinois countryside.


Harrison Park District (Chicago Park District)

Contact: Sylvia Herrera
1824 S. Wood, Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 746-5491
email: sylvia.herrera@chicagoparkdistrict.com

Weekly program options include special olympic swimming, young athletes, daily living skills, special olympic bowling, special olympic sports, arts & crafts, dinner & a movie, fun & games, super saturdays, adult leadership club, and learning to swim.


Have Dreams

Dana Fenceroy
515 Busse Highway, Suite 150, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 905-0702

After-school programs, day programs, and workplace training services are offered to those ages 16 months and older affected with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as diagnostic and family support services.


High Ridge YMCA Summer Camp

Contact: Amanda Goss or Dannica Williams
2424 W. Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 262-8300

Activities include swimming, group games, arts and crafts, kick-ball, board games, field trips, and free play.


Independence Park Summer Day Camp *(CPD) 

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Maureen Perez
3945 N. Springfield
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 478-0944
Cook County

Activities include: swimming (daily), sports (soccer skills, drills and games), arts and crafts, field trips (two to three per week) and low organized games. Lunch is provided.

Ages: 8 years and up.
Camp hours: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $240. Cash or check only.


Illinois Action for Children

Chicago's South Suburbs
Felicia McBride, FNP Project Development Manager
felicia.mcbride@actforchildren.org
773-356-8110

The Illinois Action for Children progam links families to financial support for child care, Early Head Start, Head Start, and Pre-School For All services. The ReCharge Program is a free summer fitness and wellness program for families in the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) developments offered to children between ages 6 and 14.


Jesse Owens Park (Chicago Park District)

Contact: Jetaune Guyton
2031 East 88th St., Chicago, IL 60617
Phone: (312) 747-6709

Special recreation cooperative.


JMK Behavior Services

Joanna M. Kooistra, MS, BCBA
120 W. Eastman St., Suite 102, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Phone: (847) 873-1505
Email: info@jmkbehavior.org

Provides home-based and clinic-based ABA/VB therapy to individuals with autism, as well as social skills groups and summer camp programs. 


Julie Herr & Associates

Julie Herr, MS, developmental therapist
2032 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL, 60612
Phone: (312) 388-8883

Children with and without special needs will have an opportunity to foster relationships, play with peers, build confidence, and master new skills in a day and/or overnight camp.


Keshet

3210 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 205-0274

Jen Phillips, Chief Program Officer
Marni Sommerfield, Asst. Director of Recreation & Camp

With 18 day and overnight camp locations, Keshet has a camp program that fits nearly any interest, special need and background. We are proud to partner with JCC Chicago day and overnight camps, JCYS, Junior Gan Israel, Camp Nageela Midwest and Ramah Day Camp. Assistance is available for some families demonstrating financial need. For overnight camp, assistance is available for up to four weeks. 


KGH Autism Services

Phone: (224) 326-2206
Email: intake@kghautismservices.com
1161 Lake Cook Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015

Specializing in developmental-based ABA therapy (NDBI, ESDM) for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with ASD, in the home or at their specialized center. Providing therapeutic preschool and kindergarten, SLP, OT, mental health, parent training, sibling support, social groups, community support, significant problematic behavior support (FA) from early childhood through young adulthood. KGH also offers a Teen & Young Adult Center with a teaching apartment for teaching life skills. Serving Chicagoland, North Shore, West Suburbs, Northwest Suburbs, and Far North Suburbs. KGH has been supporting children and families for over 19 years.


Kick Start Learning and Play 

Northfield, IL & Libertyville, IL
Phone: (847) 386-6560
info@kickstartptn.com

Clinical services include developmental therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and social skills groups for children up to early adolescence. Additionally, Kick Start has early intervention, therapeutic preschool and summer camp programs. 


Lincolnway Special Recreation Association

P.O. Box 547, Frankfort, IL 60423
Phone: (815) 464-2811

Special recreation cooperative.


Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

140 N. Wright St, Naperville, IL 60540
(708) 860-2404 (Lisa) or (630) 305-4196, ext. 1 (Patti)

Some areas that may be worked on include cooperation, communication, imitation, math and reading readiness skills, and play and leisure activities.


Loyola Park District Summer Day Camp (Chicago Park District)

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Jose Herrera
1230 W. Greenleaf Ave., Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: (773) 262-8605

Activities include: arts and crafts, sports, swimming, bowling, field trips, nutrition, music, board games and more.


Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation

Mailing address: 6820 W. Depmster St., Morton Grove, IL 60053
Phone: (847) 966-5522

Special recreation cooperative.


Mann Park District Summer Day Camp 

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Bill Blake
13000 S. Carondolet
Chicago, IL 60633
(773) 646-0301
Cook County
email: mannsuperstars@yahoo.com

Activities include: golfing, bowling ($6 extra per week), fishing at Wolf Lake, picnics, sports day, Special Olympics, field trips (e.g., Lincoln Park Zoo, camp activities, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, The Survive Alive House, Museum of Science and Industry, Nature Day, beach). Must bring your own lunch daily.

Ages: 8 years and up.
Camp hours: Monday-Friday from noon to 6 p.m.
Cost: $120 (six weeks). Cash or check only.
No wait list.


Marquette Park District Summer Day Camp 

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Colleen Fitzgibbon
6700 S. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60629
(312) 747-6485
Cook County
email: colleen.fitzgibbon@chicagoparkdistrict.com

Activities include: arts and crafts, sports, swimming, bowling, field trips, nutrition, music, board games and more.

Ages: 25-40 years.
Camp hours: Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Night camp: Tues., Wed., Thurs., 4-8 p.m.
Cost: $235. Cash or check only.
No wait list.

Marquette Park District Night Camp
Activities include: drama, sports, field trips, nutrition, board games and more.

Cost: $100.
No wait list.


McGuane Park District Summer Day Camp 

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Chelsi Hill
2901 S. Poplar Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 747-6497
Cook County

Activities include: field trips (2 times per week), swimming (daily), crafts, nature walks and Special Olympics training. 1:1 aides available (assessment will be needed at time of registration).

Ages: 8 years and up.
Camp hours: Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $180. Cash or check only. Extra $60 for extended program.
No wait list.


Mt. Greenwood Park District Summer Camp 

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Lisa Mulcrone
3724 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655
(312) 947-6565
Cook County

Activities include: swimming (daily), bowling, gardening, T-ball, field trips (one to two per week), crafts, low-organized games, book reading.

Ages: 7-15 years.
Camp hours: Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $255 (resident); $510 (non-resident). Cash or check only.
No wait list.

Mt. Greenwood Sports Club
Activities include swimming, biking, running and softball. Adolescents will compete in triathalon.

Ages: 16 years and up.
Cost: $20 (resident); $40 (non-resident). Cash or check only.
No wait list.

Mt. Greenwood Social Club
Ages: 16 years and up.
Cost: $50 (resident); $100 (non-resident).
No wait list.

Mt. Greenwood Bowling League Club
Ages: 16 years and up.
Cost: $50 (resident); $100 (non-resident). Cash or check only.
No wait list.


Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association

1770 W. Centennial Place, Addison, IL 60101
Phone: (630) 620-4500

Special recreation cooperative.


Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association

820 E. Terra Cotta, Suite 125, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Phone: (815) 459-0737

Special recreation cooperative.


Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association

3105 MacArthur, Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 509-9400

Special recreation cooperative.


Northern Will County Special Recreation Association

10 Montrose Drive, Romeoville, IL 60446
Phone: (815) 407-1819
Email: info@nwcsra.org

Special recreation cooperative.


Northwest Special Recreation Association

Theresa Waite
3000 W. Central Road, Suite 205, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Phone: (847) 392-2848

Special recreation cooperative.


Norwood Park 

Riley Bowlin, special recreation coordinator
5801 N. Natoma Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631
Cook County
(773) 631-4893
email: riley.bowlin@chicagoparkdistrict.com

The Norwood Park Special Recreation Program aims to provide recreational opportunities for children and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities.

(815) 459-0737

Ages: 7-14 years.
Cost: $33 (10-week session)


Oak Lawn Park District/Special Recreation Cooperative

4625 W. 110th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: (708) 857-7614

Special recreation cooperative.


Piotrowski Park District Spring Camp

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: David Donohue
4247 West 31st St, Chicago, IL 60623
Phone: (312) 745-4804

Activities include: swimming, sports, exercise, etc.


Red Kite Round Up

David Amaral
Where: 1464 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 227-0180, ext. 15
Cook County

Red Kite Project, a branch of Chicago Children's Theatre, creates theatrical adventures and dynamic learning experiences for children with autism. They offer Camp Red Kite, half-day summer day camp and Red Kite Adventures, a multi-sensory theatrical experience that incorporates the desires, needs, and whims of each child who attends into each performance.

When: early to mid-winter.

For more information or to register, visit their website or call.


River Valley Special Recreation Association

1335 E. Broadway, Bradley, IL 60915
Phone: (815) 933-7336
email: rvsra@sbcglobal.net

Special recreation cooperative.


Rockford Park District

Therapeautic Recreation
401 S. Main St., Rockford, IL, 61101
Phone: (815) 987-1607

Programs based on sports and fitness, arts and leisure, and social acitivities are offered to promote the development, maintanence, and experssion of a meaningful leisure lifestyle to people with disabilities.


SEASPAR Day Camp

4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: (630) 960-7600
Email: info@seaspar.org

Offers multiple day camps each summer to provide a structured environment in which to enjoy productive leisure activities.


Shabbona Park Summer Day Camp

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Laura LeVitus
6935 W. Addison St, Chicago, IL 60634
Phone: (773) 685-6205

Activities include but are not limited to swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, baseball, and tennis. 


South Suburban Special Recreation Association

19910 80th Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60487
Phone: (815) 806-0384

SSRA is a therapeutic recreation program organized to provide individuals with disabilities or special needs the opportunity to be involved in year-round recreation.


South West Special Recreation Association

12521 S. Kostner Ave, Alsip, IL 60803
Phone: (708) 389-9423

Special recreation cooperative.


Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County (SRACLC)

290 Oakwood Road, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Phone: (847) 816-4866

Special recreation cooperative that serves seven communities: Vernon Hills, Lake Zurich, Mundelein, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Grayslake, and Hawthorn Woods. Provides programming for individuals, families, and SibShops for siblings of individuals with disabilities.  


Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County (SRSNLC)

Katie Kozuch
2200 E. Grass Lake Road, Lindenhurst, IL 60046
Phone: (847) 356-6011

Special recreation cooperative.


Special Recreation Services (SRS)

1624 E. 154th St., Dolton, IL 60419
Phone: (708) 841-1071 ext. 233

Special recreation cooperative.


Timber Pointe Outdoor Center 

TPOC@EASTERSEALSCI.COM
office: 309-365-8021
Hudson, IL 

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center is the premier resource in the state of Illinois providing specialized and inclusive camping and respite programming for individuals with disabilities or special needs and their families in a safe, accessible and beautiful environment. Timber Pointe offers special needs and inclusive camp sessions for children and adults ages 7 and up. Campers participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, arts & crafts, target sports, music, and horseback riding. 


Tuesday's Child Behavioral Summer Camp

c/o DePaul College Prep
Where: 3633 N. California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618-4602
Phone: (773) 423-5055

This is a great opportunity for your child to receive behavioral support in a fun, peer-based environment.


Warren Special Recreation Association

100 S. Greenleaf, Gurnee, IL 60031
Phone: (847) 244-6619

Special recreation cooperative.


Welles Park Summer Day Camp 

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Chelsi Lemaster
2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
(312) 742-9536
Cook County

Activities include: field trips (3 times per week), bowling, museums, beach trip, Navy Pier, arts and crafts, swimming (daily), puzzles, library trips (reading program), and sport activities. Lunches included.

Ages: 8 years and up.
Camp hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: depends on program.


Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)

116 N. Schmale Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188
Phone: (630) 681-0962

Special recreation cooperative.


Westside Children's Therapy

1725 S. Naperville Road - Suite 110, Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: 630-509-4911
email: wheatonadmin@westsidechildrenstherapy.com

Offers a variety of therapies, including ABA, speech, feeding, physical, occupational therapy and counseling. Additionally, Westside offers diagnostic evaluation/testing and summer camp programming. 


West Pullman Park Summer Day Camp

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Ron Wright
401 W. 123rd St., Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: (312) 747-7090

Activities include field trips, "learn to swim" program, carnival, arts and crafts, sports and much more.


West Suburban Special Recreation Association

2915 Maple St., Franklin Park, IL 60131
Phone: (847) 455-2100

Special recreation cooperative.


Vittum Park-Special Recreation Programming (Chicago Park District)

Contact: Michael Floyd
5010 W. 50th St, Chicago, IL 60638
Phone: (773) 284-6022

An introduction to physical activity class will allow young participants to not only learn the basics of sports but increase fine and gross motor skills, socialization, coordination, and sensory integration.

Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding

Blazing Prairie Stars, Inc. 

47W635 Beith Road, Maple Park, IL 60151
Email: blazingps@msn.com
Phone: (630) 365-5550

Provides hippotherapy as a strategy for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy to meet client-centered goals.


BraveHearts

Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center
Sarah Newland, program director
7319 Maxon Road, Harvard, IL 60033
Phone: (815) 943-8226 or (815) 765-2113

BraveHearts is a PATH International-premier accredited center (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) whose programs teach horseback riding skills to children and adults with cognitive and/or physical disabilities as well as therapeutic carriage driving lessons and a wide variety of recreational therapy activities.


Bull Run Equestrian Center

Contact: Loren Gineris, PT
email: dljjjgineris@sbcglobal.net
P.O. Box 870, 3N065 Anderson Road, Elburn, IL 60119
Phone: (630) 715-0354

Strides In Motion is a program in which physical therapists work with side-walkers, horse leaders, and arena assistants to combine clinic-based treatments with hippotherapy in order to achieve a client's functional goals in a natural setting.


Central Illinois Riding Therapy

Judith Kruse
305 Neumann Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611
Phone: (309) 699-3710
email: cirt@cirt.info

Therapeutic horseback riding for individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.


Equestrian Connection

Diana Schnell, executive director
600 N. Bradley Road, Lake Forest, IL, 60045
Phone: (847) 615-8696
email: info@equestrianconnection.org

Hippotherapy, art therapy, and therapeautic riding are offered with features such as a 16,000 square foot heated arena, riding trails, an outdoor arena, therapy rooms, job and living skill programs, after school clubs, summer and spring camps, and massage therapy for both clients and caregivers.


EquiTherapy

9501 N. Austin Ave., Morton Grove, IL 60053
Phone: (847) 965-1632

Provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.


Equine Dreams

Sharon Mason
Mailing address: P.O. Box 372, Sandwich, IL 60548
Phone: (815) 690-8144
Email: ride@equinedreams.org

Provides hippotherapy therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with special needs.


Freedom Woods

9501 Austin Ave., Morton Grove, IL 60053
Phone: (847) 967-9800
email: freedomwoodsfarm@ymail.com

Provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy; program placement will be determined via an evaluation performed by a licensed therapist.


Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities

28W051 Liberty St., Winfield, IL 60190
Phone: (630) 588-8543
email: info@ftea.org

Provides individualized therapuetic activities for people with disabilities.


Heather Ridge Farm

Cheryl Case
31309 E. 2500 N. Road, Cabrey, IL 60919
Phone: (630) 853-9813
email: heatherridgestables@yahoo.com

Provides individualized therapuetic riding for people with disabilities. Get more information about services and fees.


Holistic Riding Equestrian Therapy

Chicago and surrounding suburbs
Marlene Karman
630-878-8096

holisticriding19@gmail.com 

HRET is passionately committed to empowering the lives of individuals with varied physical, emotional, cognitive, and social abilities through the spirit of the horse. Our programs include therapeutic riding (unmounted and mounted activities), veteran programs, farm and nature experience, and trail classes. We have no age restrictions and we strive to accommodate all individuals. 


Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding NFP

Nicholas Coyne or Paula Lundell
1181 Riverwoods Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Phone: (847) 234-2411
email: nick@horsefeatherscenter.org or paula.m.lundell@horsefeatherscenter.org

Equine-assisted treatment programs for people of all ages and all abilities conducted one-on-one to enhance skills that are generalizable for daily life and for boosting self-esteem.


Manhattan Meadows 

Lisa Rizzo, Owner
Route 52 and Huff Road, Manhattan, IL 60442
Phone: (815) 919-4149

Provides private therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.


Midwest Center for Children's Development NFP

Beth Saip, DPT Clinical Director
4701 N. Oak St, Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Phone: (815) 788-1020
Email: info@mccdtherapy.com

Provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy services with an equine assisted model.


New Kingdom Trailriders

18929 81st. St., Sherrard, IL, 61281
Phone: (309) 764-4220
Email: info@nktriders.org

Provides therapeutic horse riding and motion therapy.


Paradise Equestrian Therapy Center

18146 East Country Road 750 N., Charleston, IL, 61920
(217) 232-0022
email: petcenter2007@yahoo.com

Specialized therapeautic horse riding sessions created for each individual by a therapeutic riding instructor or a health professional.


Partners for Progress NFP

Amanda Braden
email: amanda@partnersforprogressnfp.org
23525 W. Milton Road, Wauconda, IL, 60084
Phone: (847) 438-5400

Provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy.


Pegasus Special Riders, Inc.

6668 S. Carthage Road, P.O. Box 293, Oregon, IL 61061
Phone: (815) 973-3177
email: admin@pegasusspecialriders.org

Provides equine assisted therapy to physically, mentally and/or emotionally challenged individuals with the help of physical therapists, trained instructors, medical experts, and volunteers.


Rainbow Riders

822 200th Ave., Monmouth, IL, 61462
Phone: (309) 734-4849
email: karenangotti@gmail.com

Therapeutic horseback riding program for children with special needs that provides safe, professional, and affordable therapeutic horseback riding opportunities that contribute to the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being of each child.


Ray Graham Association

Hanson Center Horsemanship Program
Email: horsemanship@raygraham.org
Phone: (630) 620-2222

Therapeautic riding lessons for individuals with a wide range of disabilities including physical, intellectual, developmental, sensory, and social.


Rocky Lane Farms 

Joanie Keyes
2044 Walnut Grove
Decatur, IL 62526
(217) 428-9255
Macon County

Program just begun. Competitive riding for Special Olympics (three competitions). Learn more.

Ages: 8 and up.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $10 (One-hour sessions every other week).


Sojourn Therapeutic Riding Center

Barbara Mulry
24861 S. 88th Ave., Frankfort, IL, 60423
Phone: (708) 539-3078
Email: bmulry@gmail.com

Provides equine assisted therapy to physically, mentally and/or emotionally challenged individuals.


School for Therapeutic and Recreational Riding (STARR)

3180 S. Mount Zion Road, Decatur, IL 62521
Phone: (217) 864-2463

Therapeutic horseback riding for children with special needs.


Walk On

Mary Illing
26665 W Cuba, Barrington, IL 60010
Phone: (847) 381-4231
Email: walkonfarm@walkonfarm.org or milling@walkonfarm.org

Equine assisted activities for people with physical, cognitive, social and emotional disabilities.


White Oaks Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Whiteside County Fairgrounds
201 W. Winfield St. Morrison, IL 61270
Phone: (815) 772-2669
email: rideatwhoa@yahoo.com

Provides recreational, educational, therapeutic, and social opportunities for persons with disabilities by virtue of interactions with horses.

Sports & Play

American Youth Soccer Organization

P.O. Box 557514 Chicago, IL, 60655
Phone: (773) 432-4210

Region 423: a quality soccer experience for children whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to participate successfully on mainstream teams.


The Autism Project

Hubbard Street Dance Center
1147 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 850-9744
email: info@hubbardstreetdance.com

This well-structured curriculum was developed collaboratively with the Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays at the University of Illinois at Chicago (RCADD) to allow students to explore dance technique and the choreographic process using developmentally appropriate methods, supported by a 1:1 teacher/student ratio as needed.


BDI Playhouse Children's Therapy

Two Locations:  

Aurora: 600 N. Commons Drive, Suite 102 Aurora, IL  60504 

Orland Park: 11411 W. 183rd Street. Suite B Orland Park 60467

708.478.1820 

We provide Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy along with Aquatic Therapy, Gait Clinic, Feeding Clinic, Casting and Bike Riding Lessons for kids and young adults (birth - 25).


BelAir

2442 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(872) 216-4535

Jui-Jitsu and Tech for kids with developmental differences - move, play and learn! First class is free.


Brickology - Legos

Beth Weis
Phone: (847) 494-5346
email: beth@bethweis.com

Team-building projects with Legos for children with autism spectrum disorder to promote social, emotional, cognitive, and motor enrichment.


Brooklyn Boulders - Adaptive Climbing Group

Adaptive Climbing Group
100 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 268-0002
Email: chicago@adaptiveclimbinggroup.org

Adaptive recreational activities good for individuals with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities.


Buddy Baseball of Buffalo Grove

Leslie Klassman
401 E. Aptakisic Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 630-4358

Two leagues each year for children with disabilites.


Chicago Children’s Museum - Play for All

700 East Grand Avenue, Suite 127. Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 527-1000


Chicago Dance Therapy

Erica Hornthal
1516 Greenwood Ave, Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone number: (847) 848-0697
Email: info@northshoredancetherapy.com

Dance therapy and counseling services provided by board-certified dance therapists and licensed clinical counselors.


 

Communication Clubhouse

Downers Grove Site: 2901 Finley Road, Suite 102, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: 630-495-6800

Jefferson Park Site: 4958 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60630
Phone: 773-205-8505

Roscoe Village Site: 2630 W. Bradley Place, Suite A. Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: 312-955-0089

Email: info@clubhousetherapy.com

The Clubhouse is a multi-disciplinary, integrated team of professionals who empower parents to enhance the lives of their family members. It is the mission of the Clubhouse to celebrate a client’s strengths while fortifying them in their areas of need. We do this through partnership with the family.


Connect PLAY at Lawrence Hall

Renee Lehocky
rlehocky@lawrencehall.org        
(773)320-1626

Between Albany Park and Lincoln Square on Lawrence

Connect PLAY offers safe and fun, small after school playgroups for children on the spectrum, with caring, expert staff leading activities tailored to each individual child. Let Connect PLAY lighten your load for an afternoon and call for an assessment today!


Dynamic Lynks

1100 Lake St. Suite 100C, Oak Park, IL 60301
Phone: (708) 620-2373

Social skills groups and camps for children of all ages and abilities that incorporate current social and emotional skill curricula in tandem with evidence-based music therapy techniques and current autism best practices.


Elk Grove Gymnastics School

775 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60007
Phone: (847) 437-3447

Services include: field trips, cheer tumbling, birthday parties, competitive gymnastics teams that will be played at Special Olympics functions, circus classes, and beginning/intermediate/advanced gymnastics classes.


Exercise Connection

Amber Pantaleo
amber@exerciseconnection.com
(773) 575-5100

Our services target neurodiverse people ages Kindergarten-Adulthood in the Chicagoland Area. We are using exercise to successfully empower the autism and special needs community to build an active lifestyle and develop an up-and-coming workforce, resulting in many untold opportunities. Reach out for class and location information. 


Family Yoga at Campanelli YMCA

300 W. Wise Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193
Phone: (847) 891-9622

A class designed to help participants build rapport and a basic understanding of yoga for the whole family; all participants do not have to be affected by autism.


The Field Museum - Field for All

1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 922-9410

For more information on the Field for All App: https://www.fieldmuseum.org/visit/accessibility  

Sensory Friendly “Field For All” & Sensory Saturdays: we want everyone to have a great time at the museum, so we strive to make our programs, exhibitions, and facilities accessible for everyone by removing barriers, delivering a welcoming and relevant experience, and providing opportunities for meaningful engagement. The Field Museum also hosts Sensory Saturdays where families enjoy a sensory-friendly morning in the Crown Family PlayLab once a month.


Five Keys Yoga, LLC

Erin Haddock
2225 W. Wabansia Ave., Suite 204, Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (847) 899-0441
Email: erin@5keysyoga.com

Singing, breathing exercises, yoga poses, and deep relaxation for children with autism to promote regulation of their behaviors and emotions.


Focus Martial Arts and Fitness

Special Focus Karate
9342 Virginia Road, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
Phone: (847) 458-0938

A positive environment in which children are encouraged to use the individual gifts they have plus the karate skills they learn to make a difference in their lives.


Fox Valley Special Recreation Association

2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 907-1114

Year-round recreation activities are offered to provide people with disabilities with the support and tools they need to live a healthy lifestyle.


Funtastic Gymnastic Therapy

5 Revere Drive, Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (224) 554-9634
Email: funtastictherapies@yahoo.com

Utilizes fun aquatic and gymnastic environments to encourage and increase body and spatial awareness, tactile discovery, strength and confidence in each and every unique child.


Gymquest 

Special Needs Playtime
14511 S. Van Dyke Road, Plainfield, IL 60544
Phone: (815) 609-6360

GymQuest invites every child, no matter what skill level, to benefit from learning the fundamentals of gymnastics and tumbling which can carry over to any number of other sports.


Have Dreams

515 Busse Highway, Suite 150, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 685-0250
Email: info@havedreams.org

Three levels of swim instruction, Special Olympics Aquatics, and Special Olympics Track & Field.


Invincible Silent Warriors

Katie Grubba
1341 Manor Court, Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: (224) 800-7265
Email: grubbacoaches.sbgil@gmail.com

Our program is designed to help children and young adults learn self-defense skills and socialization.


Jill’s House Windy City

Open to all Chicaogland families
224.801.4070 

Jill’s House is a non-profit organization that offers respite to families of children with intellectual disabilities through a weekend adventure program. At Weekend Adventures children (ages 6-17) get to experience an all inclusive camp weekend uniquely tailored to their needs. At the same time, their parents get a weekend to have some much needed rest and relaxation. During the camp weekend our campers are surrounded by onsite medical staff, client care specialists, and one-on-one buddies. Camps happen throughout the year in Lake Geneva, WI and transportation is provided from Libertyville, IL. 


JoRide Bicycles

Steven Cohen
Phone: (630) 258-2543
email: steven@joride.com

JoRide Bicycles are pedal-less bicycles and were created for individuals with special needs, regardless of age or physical limitation, to create the ability, freedom, independence, comfort, and stability to learn how to ride a bicycle.


Kids Enjoy Exercise Now

Volunteer led organization that provides free one-to-one recreational opportunities for children with mental and physical disabilities, such as autism and other developmental delays. Sports, swimming programs, and much more.


KEEN Chicago at Sky High Sports in Niles

6424 Howard St.
Niles, IL 60714

This is a monthly event and everyone is welcome to attend.

Jump Sky High is a unique indoor trampoline fun center located in Niles (public transportation accessible). For more information about Sky High please visit their website. Use the link above.

Cost: $5 per child.


LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

601 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: (847) 592-9700

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is teaming up with AUTISM SPEAKS® to provide Play Well Days, a brand new sensory friendly LEGO® experience on the first Saturday of every month.


Misericordia Heart of Mercy

Tina's Playgroup
Contact: Anne Maddock
6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: (773) 273-3064
Email: annem@misericordia.com

Interactive playgroup for children with special needs and their families. The playgroup is open to all levels of ability and participants are not required to attend every meeting. 


Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA)

285 Memorial Drive, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
P: 815-459-0737

NISRA provides year round recreation activities for people with disabilities in 13 communities in northern Illinois. Since 1976, children and adults of all ability levels have enjoyed socializing, building skills and having fun in hundreds of weekly programs, special events, camps and trips each year.


Northwest Special Recreation Association

Location varies for each program. See below for details.
(847) 392-2848
rachelh@nwsra.org

Bowling (3:30-5 p.m.).
Ages: 16 years and up.

Bowling programs are developed for a fun, social experience, while instructors give bowling points and tips. If a structured lesson is desired, please consult with the instructor. Participants will be assigned to lanes according to their age, skill and ability level. Includes two games of bowling.

Track and Field
Ages: 8-15 years; and 16 years and up

Program offers an opportunity to train for peak performance. An increase in strength, coordination and flexibility are all benefits of this program.

Busy Bodies
Ages: 13 years and up.

Socialize with friends, play games, swim and create crafts. The group will have a structured day of activities with an hour of swim time each day. A schedule of field trips will be distributed the first week.

Evening Workout
Ages: 21 years and up.

Workout class with low and high impact exercises, stretching and a cool down. The class will help tone and strengthen muscles while working on cardiovascular fitness. Ratio is 1 staff to 7 participants.

Fitness and Swim
Ages: 18 years and up.

Includes 45 minutes of activities promoting fitness and 45- minutes of water exercise. Ratio is one staff to seven participants.


Options & Advocacy

365 Millennium Dr., Suite A
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
(815) 477-4720, ext. 233

This program connects families to diagnostic locations, provided resources and referrals, helps to create a service plan for the families short and long term goals, provides consultation and advocacy, offers parent support group opportunities and support individuals with an ASD through Game Nights and other social opportunities. Sibshops for siblings available.


Premier Gymnastics

2066 Mitchell Drive, Oswego, IL 60543
Phone: (630) 554-7480
Email: PremierGymWest@gmail.com

Open gym time for children with autism.


Right Fit Willowbrook

Bradley LaRocque
7101 Adams St #7, Willowbrook, IL 60527
Phone: 630-850-4050
Email: brad@right-fit.com

Right Fit provides fitness and wellness services to individuals with special needs including intellectual, cognitive, and developmental disabilities including Autism and Down Syndrome.


Shedd Aquarium’s Calm Waters

1200 S Lake Shore DriveChicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-939-2438

Calm Waters is an exclusive event for guests with disabilities to explore Shedd Aquarium’s exhibits and experiences in a comfortable and accepting environment.


Sky High Sports

6424 Howard St, Niles, IL 60714
Phone: (847) 801-5867
Email: nilinfo@jumpskyhigh.com

Sky High Sports welcomes jumpers with special needs, along with their siblings, family, and friends the first Tuesday of every month from 3-6 p.m for a unique jump session.


Special Camps

Corporate Mailing Address
26 W 684 Lindsey Ave., Winfield Illinois, 60190
630-690-0944
colleen.scamps@icloud.com

Special Camps provides opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to experience new activities, form friendships, increase independence and self-esteem in 2-week long, loving, all volunteer run summer camps. With proper supervision by trained staff and 24-hour nursing, Special Camps is a safe overnight camp for intellectually disabled kids and adults who could otherwise not attend similar camp programs due to physical, medical or intellectual limitations.


Special Needs Baseball Team

Jesus Perez
1440 N. Humboldt Blvd, Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (312) 742-7549

A program for children with special needs to learn the basics of baseball in a safe and non-competitive environment.


Special Recreation at Vittum Park

Michael Floyd
5010 W. 50th St, Chicago, IL 60638
Phone: (773) 284-6022

Chicago Park District programs for individuals with special needs.


We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym

553 E Dundee Rd, Palatine, IL 60074
847-496-5674

We Rock the Spectrum Chicago/Palatine provides children with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills. Our unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development. Through our nonprofit My Brother Rocks The Spectrum Foundation, we provide social skills groups and activities for children across the spectrum.