Our 2023-24 Local Extracurricular Activity Guide

Get in While You Still Can!

By Debra Flanagan, Macaroni KID Chicago Northside July 17, 2023

Are you ready for Back to School?  What about Back to After-School?

There are so many after-school and weekend classes to choose from. We are rounding up some of the best for you to look into. Get in on the fun before programs fill up!

1. Bookmark this Guide, as new programs are added throughout the year.
2. Click on Learn More for details about each program.
3. Contact each business directly for help with registration or questions.
4. Tell them you found them on Macaroni KID, and they'll be pleased to help you with anything you need.

Programs are listed alphabetically under the relevant categories.



Lillstreet Art Center

Kids and teens ages 3–16 explore a variety of art forms including pottery, painting, drawing, metalsmithing, printmaking, sewing, and digital art.

Learn more or register today for Lillstreet Art Center


The Raven Room

Virtual Reality arcade, escape rooms and parties with stage, comedy, karaoke, and more! Special after-school pricing.

Learn more or register today for The Raven Room

Southport FUNdamentals

Southport FUNdamentals is a community center located on the north end of the Southport Corridor neighborhood dedicated to MAKING LEARNING FUN for kids of all ages (grown-ups too)! We believe that joy is contagious and learning from an engaging teacher just feels good! Our goal is to provide a place where students of all ages can learn something new in a welcoming environment--we offer a range of classes, open play, as well as space rentals for gatherings. 

Learn more or register today for Southport FUNdamentals


Chicago Mini Musicians

The #1 early childhood music school in the western suburbs has opened up a satellite location in the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago as Chicago Mini Musicians, and we can't wait to share our skill-building, playful, and engaging music classes with your little one!

Learn more or register today for Chicago Mini Musicians


CircEsteem is a nonprofit organization that serves youth ages 3 to 18 through a variety of onsite and outreach programming. Our mission is to unite youth from diverse backgrounds and identities to build self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice and performance of circus arts.

Learn more or register today for CircEsteem


From ages 5 to 99, anyone can learn Gym Wheel, Aerials, Trampoline and more at CirquesExperience!

Learn more or register today for CirquesExperience

Corella Productions Children's Theater Academy

Corella Productions offers after school performance classes in both the Chicagoland area and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Established in 2002, Corella Productions is celebrating over 20 years of changing lives through theatre with love, respect, and acceptance!

Learn more or register today for Corella Productions Children's Theater Academy

Get a Grip Trapeze

Circus classes including flying trapeze, trampoline, silks, lyra, aerial sling, and static trapeze. No experience necessary!

Learn more or register today for Get a Grip Trapeze

Imagine Performing Arts

Let your imagination run wild with an Imagine Performing Arts theatre class! Students build a strong theatrical foundation and enhance their performance skills while playing drama games, learning musical numbers, and devising an original play.

Learn more or register today for Imagine Performing Arts

LYRIQ Music School

LYRIQ Music School specializes in private and small group lessons in piano, voice, violin, guitar, and more! Customized lessons to meet you where you are, ages 5 through adults. 

Learn more or register today for LYRIQ Music School

Notre École de Musique

Our students benefit from a program where learning comes from a structured environment that includes theory/solfège, one-on-one instrument lessons, chamber music beginning at a very young age, and choral experience. This philosophy generates technical ability with a broad foundation in music.

Learn more or register today for Notre École de Musique

The Rooted Space

At The Rooted Space our kids/teen classes explore the fundamentals of dance & movement while learning body awareness, creativity and newly found artistry in a supportive and engaging environment. 

Learn more or register today for The Rooted Space

School of Rock Andersonville

We offer performance-based music education that covers all the important musical concepts, but we also strive to create a space where students can make lasting friendships and grow into the best versions of themselves. 

Learn more or register today for School of Rock Andersonville


Chicago City Soccer Club

Youth Soccer of all levels for boys and girls throughout the City of Chicago. Ages 18 months - 19 years.

Learn more or register today for Chicago City Soccer Club

CT Soccer

Our mission is to provide the best environment for our young ballers to reach their highest capability on the soccer pitch. To instill important values such as hard work, respect, and commitment.

Learn more or register today for CT Soccer

FC Stars Club

Based in the northern suburbs of Chicago, IL The FC Stars is a boutique “European style” soccer academy that offers players a highly progressive and complete developmental training program.

Learn more or register today for FC Stars Club

i9 Sports 

i9 Sports offers age-appropriate, fun sports leagues for kids ages 3-16 in soccer, flag football, baseball, basketball and volleyball.  Our leagues are only on weekends and are perfect for busy families looking for a fun outlet for kids.

Learn more or register today for i9 Sports

North Side Archery Club 

North Side Archery Club offers Kids (7-12), All-Ages Beginner, All-Ages Intermediate, Youth (12-17) Intermediate Classes, a Homeschooler class on Thursdays, events for all levels, and a youth team.

Learn more or register today for North Side Archery Club

Shredder Chicago North Side Indoor Ski and Snowboard School

Shredder Chicago North Side Indoor Ski and Snowboard School offers indoor skiing and snowboarding lessons for kids ages 1-10 (inquire about older children and adults), complemented by exciting services like birthday parties, summer camps, and private lessons. Experience the thrill of the slopes year-round in a safe and fun environment, making memories and honing skills at Chicago's premier and only indoor snow sports facility.

Learn more or register today for Shredder Chicago North Side Indoor Ski and Snowboard School

Ultimate Ninjas Chicago

Ultimate Ninjas is a ninja warrior obstacle gym offering classes, camps, parties and family fun night!  Challenging and Fun for all ages...Come conquer our obstacles!

Learn more or register today for Ultimate Ninjas Chicago


BitSpace Chicago

BitSpace is a Chicago-based makerspace where kids ages 8 to 14 can let their imagination run wild. Young campers use state-of-the-art tools with guidance from real-world experts as they participate in year-round programs like summer camps, day-off camps, Open Shop, and more.

Learn more or register today for BitSpace Chicago


Swim Learn Play

Swim Learn Play is an aquatic speech therapy company that focuses on water safety skills for children with diverse needs. 

Learn more or register today for Swim Learn Play