Extracurricular Activities on Chicago’s North Shore | Chicago North Shore Moms

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Cathers Alley

Catchers Alley

True to the mission of Catcher’s Alley, our private instruction is customized to each player based upon our evaluation and the goals of that player. Lessons are led by experienced coaches utilizing technology (HitTrax, video, etc) and infused with LATAM-style passion and focused skills training. Available as a package or individually, the goal of our lessons is to create a measurable development plan and track improvement across conditioning, throwing, hitting or fielding goals.

We also offer

Private lessons, Camps, PODS and Travel Teams.

Come Visit our Baseball Academy and get your athlete evaluated and start your baseball journey

Catchers Alley - Location & Contact

Catchers Alley

2013 Johns Dr. Glenview IL 60025
[email protected]
Age Groups: 8 to 16 years old

Visit website @ https://www.catchersalley.com/

Chicago Ballet Arts

Chicago Ballet Arts

Chicago Ballet Arts’ mission is to provide equitable access and opportunity to high-quality ballet training to all with the desire to learn. In the process, we strive to instill in our students a love of dance, a respect for the classical disciplines necessary in a performing art, and an expanded capacity for excellence.

Need-based scholarships are available.

Registration for the 2023-24 school year is now open!

Chicago Ballet Arts - Location & Contact

Chicago Ballet Arts

915 Foster St, Evanston IL 60201
(847) 859-6066
[email protected]

Age Groups: 2 through adults

Visit website @ www.chicagoballetarts.org

Children’s Theatre Co.

Children’s Theatre Co.

Our mission is to empower students by exposing them to the performing arts by building confidence, authenticity, and presence. Kids will learn to advocate for themselves, showcase their work, and build healthy relationships with their peers

Join us and watch the transformation happen!

Children's Theatre Co. - Location & Contact

Children’s Theatre Co.

425 Laurel Avenue Highland Park, Illinois 60035
(847) 997-1317
[email protected]

Age Groups: Preschool- High school ages
Hours: 9:30 am- 7:45 pm

Visit website @ thechildrenstheatreco.com

The Coder School North Shore

The Coder School North Shore

At theCoderSchool, we want to do more than just teach coding. We want aspiring coders to use their new found passion as a stepping stone to thinking outside the box, as a way to channel their ideas in a creative way and most importantly, to have fun.

Come in for a free trial to learn all about our coding programs!

The Coder School North Shore - Location & Contact

The Coder School North Shore

827 Waukegan Road, Deerfield
(847) 780-7577
[email protected]

Age Groups: 6 through 18
Hours: After school enrichment and weekends.

Visit website @ www.thecoderschool.com/locations/northshore/



EV Fine Arts mission is to shape the lives of youth through the basic lifelong skill of sewing, fashion design, and more. Our boutique sewing classes are taught by real fashion designers in the industry looking to make a positive impact through their passion for art and design. Our programs build self confidence, promote creativity, and build character. EV Fine Arts has been changing lives through the art of design since 2010!

Head to our site to find a class near you!

ELENA VICTORIA - Location & Contact


1041 Ridge Rd, Wilmette IL 60093
(847) 558-3174
[email protected]

Age Groups: 7-13
Hours: Summer camp runs 9-12 and 12:30-3:30, with the option to stay all day!

Visit website @ www.elenavictoria.co

Goldfish Swim School- Evanston & Goldfish Swim School Northbrook

Goldfish Swim School- Evanston & Goldfish Swim School Northbrook

Goldfish Swim School is a premier learn-to-swim facility dedicated to teaching children as early as 4 months how to swim and be safer in and around the water! We’ve created an inviting and safe environment where kids can overcome their fears, learn to swim, and have tons of fun doing it. Because drowning is the leading cause of death for kids age 1-4 and second for kids 5-14, our mission is to educate and provide children with the life saving skill of swimming. At Goldfish, swimmers experience constant encouragement, a warm pool, a tropical themed space, and so much more!

Group and Private lessons available!

Call or Text now to schedule a Free Trial Class!

Goldfish Swim School- Evanston & Goldfish Swim School Northbrook - Location & Contact

Goldfish Swim School- Evanston & Goldfish Swim School Northbrook

2008 Dempster St. Evanston, IL 60202 & 3101 Dundee Rd Northbrook. IL 60062
847-777-3474 (EV) & 847-897-4300 (NB)
[email protected] & [email protected]

Age Groups: 4 months to 12 years old
Hours: Ev- Mon-Fri 4-8pm Tues & Wed 9-12 Sat 8:30-1 Sun 9-2 NB- Tues-Fri 4-8pm Sat 9-12 Sun 10-2

Visit website @ www.goldfishswimschool.com/evanston/ & www.goldfishswimschool.com/northbrook/

Foss Swim School

Foss Swim School

Our purpose is to make people of all ages safer and more confident around the water. We help our students become strong swimmers with our personalized Swim Path® curriculum that lays out a path of skill progressions based on age and ability. We teach quarterly, so our students are taught in small classes with the same teacher and peers all quarter long to ensure consistency. Since 1993, hundreds of thousands of our students have graduated to become safe, strong, and confident swimmers – and your swimmer can be next!

Enroll Now!

Foss Swim School - Location & Contact

Foss Swim School

1927 Skokie Valley Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035

Open House: Fall Quarter enrollment begins on August 1! You can schedule a Preview Lesson to see the school, meet the teachers, and get a custom level recommendation at your preferred location by logging into your FOSS Family Account.
Age Groups: We start swimming lessons at 6 months old and go through adulthood.
Hours: Depends on the location.

Visit website @ www.fossswimschool.com

Irina Makkai Classical Ballet and Dance School

Irina Makkai Classical Ballet and Dance School

Our school has been the North Shore’s Premier Dance School for over 38 years. Founded in 1984 by Irina Makkai, our school offers classes in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Pre-Dance. The school is the recipient of the Mayor’s Award for the Arts for our instruction and contribution to the arts in Highland Park. Home of the Ballet Makkai Nutcracker and Ballet Makkai Youth Company, we have something to offer everyone. Specializing in the Russian based Vaganova Method; we offer individualized attention to each of our dancers. Our award-winning staff of professional dancers includes dancers and directors from the Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Lyric Opera, River North Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and more.

Register Now

Irina Makkai Classical Ballet and Dance School - Location & Contact

Irina Makkai Classical Ballet and Dance School

2126 First Street, Highland Park
(847) 433-1449
[email protected]

Age Groups: 3-18 years old
Hours: 3:45-8:00 pm

Visit website @ www.balletmakkai.com

JET Hockey Training Arena

JET Hockey Training Arena

JET Hockey Arena utilizes a Studio Rink, allowing players more puck touches and forcing faster decisions, for a unique development system which also offers video review opportunities, one-on-one assessments, clinics, camps, 3x3s. The off-ice training facility is designed and set up specifically for hockey development.

In Canada and Europe, many players hone their skills by playing for hours with friends on frozen ponds or lakes. At JET Hockey Arena, we recreated the pond-hockey environment, allowing Illinois players to gain the same benefits from the smaller venue, which aids in developing the most important skills like timing and spacing, deception, puck possession, stick- handling, and skating agility. If a player is successful at JET Hockey Arena, their skill set easily transfers to a full sheet of ice.

JET Hockey Training Arena - Location & Contact

JET Hockey Training Arena

1820 Pickwick Ln.,Glenview, IL 60026
[email protected]


Visit website https://www.jethockeyarena.com/

One River School of Art & Design

One River School of Art & Design

Founded in 2012, “one river” west of New York City, One River School® has developed a unique method for teaching art and digital design classes to people of all ages and all levels. Today, our innovative program teaches thousands of students in fourteen locations across the U.S.

At One River School, our students simply have more fun learning to create and produce compelling art. It is our belief that we are transforming art education®, as well as providing an experience that changes lives in the communities that we serve.

Start your creative journey today!

One River School of Art & Design - Location & Contact

One River School of Art & Design

1033 Davis St. Evanston IL 60201
(847) 737-5806
[email protected]

Open House: End of Summer Art Party August 26th 3-5pm!
Age Groups: Pre-k-Adults

Visit website @ evanston.oneriverschool.com

Piano Power

Piano Power

Piano Power has been inspiring a lifelong love of music for over 16 years. We provide customized, fun, anti-competitive lessons in piano, guitar, voice, and drums, all from the comfort of your home. Our hand-picked, emotionally-intelligent teachers prioritize mentorship, humor, and fun. The bond we cultivate between students and teachers is like no other music studio. That’s the Piano Power Difference.

Schedule a consultation through our website to secure your perfect teacher.

Piano Power - Location & Contact

Piano Power

P.O. Box 18398 Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 547-2426
[email protected]

Age Groups: ages 4 to teen
Hours: After school hours and weekends

Visit website @ pianopower.org

Sarah Hall Theatre Company

Sarah Hall Theatre Company

Sarah Hall Theatre Company fosters a creative and nurturing environment for students of all ages throughout the North Shore and Chicagoland area. While all of our performing arts programs focus on the importance of ensemble and teamwork, our ultimate goal is to endow each individual with excellent instruction and greater confidence both onstage and off. Under the guidance of highly trained dance and theatre instructors, all of our students are encouraged to explore their artistry, take risks, and have fun!

Classes held at the Takiff Center in Glencoe, Jewett Center and Sachs Rec Center in Deerfield, and at Irina Makkai Dance Studio in Highland Park

Come perform with us!

Sarah Hall Theatre Company - Location & Contact

Sarah Hall Theatre Company

1001 Greenbay Road, Suite 179, Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 826-3486
[email protected]

Age Groups: PreK through 8th grade
Hours: 1-2 hours depending on the class

Visit website @ www.sarahhalltheatre.com

SNAP – Studio North Academy of the Performing Arts

SNAP – Studio North Academy of the Performing Arts

SNAP, LLC, a fully inclusive institution, believes firmly that a quality performing arts education prepares students of all ages, genders, and abilities for lifelong enjoyment, appreciation, and continuation of the arts.
Arts education instills values in a child that will follow them throughout their life, including discipline, follow-through, promptness, preparedness, poise, confidence, team-work, and most importantly, a love for the arts and for performing.

Inclusive, warm, friendly, excellent training, joyful atmosphere

Find Your Passion at SNAP!

SNAP - Studio North Academy of the Performing Arts - Location & Contact

SNAP – Studio North Academy of the Performing Arts

414 Linden Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 251-7627
[email protected], [email protected]

Open House: N/A – come for a tour at any time!
Age Groups: 2-99
Hours: 9:30am-9pm

Visit website @ studionorthacademy.com

School of Rock Evanston and Highwood

School of Rock Evanston and School of Rock Highwood

School of Rock Evanston and Highwood’s music programs are designed to motivate and inspire students to work together and grow as musicians. Our programs combine individualized, one-on-one music lessons with group band rehearsals that take students to play res Rock stages!

Schedule a free tour and trial now!

School of Rock Evanston and Highwood - Location & Contact

School of Rock Evanston and School of Rock Highwood

9 Prairie Ave. in Highwood
[email protected] OR [email protected]

Age Groups: 6-18 for kids and any age for adults
Hours: Mon-Thurs 2-9 pm and Sat 9:30-4:00 pm

Visit website @ www.schoolofrock.com/locations/evanston And www.schoolofrock.com/locations/highwood

Taste Buds Kitchen

Taste Buds Kitchen

Young foodies ages 6 to teen gain kitchen confidence in our weekly after-school cooking classes designed for hands-on learning and fun while nurturing an essential life skill. Junior Chefs is a 1-hour, skill-based class for ages 6-10 (Mondays at 4pm) or 9-13 (Wednesdays at 4pm) and Let’s Make Dinner (Mondays at 5:30pm) is a more advanced 2-hour cooking series for tweens and teens ages 9-17 to create a homemade dinner for themselves with a focus on more in-depth knife skills, fundamentals of seasoning, marinating, sauce-making, working with proteins, and more! Now registering for Fall 2023 with classes running from Sept 11-Nov 20. Winter & spring session dates coming soon!

Register today!

Taste Buds Kitchen - Location & Contact

Taste Buds Kitchen

2521 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn, IL 60015
(847) 230-0330
[email protected]

Age Groups: ages 6 to teen
Hours: ages 6-10 (Mondays at 4pm) or 9-13 (Wednesdays at 4pm) and Let’s Make Dinner (Mondays at 5:30pm)

Visit website @ tastebudskitchen.com/bannockburn/

Ultimate Ninjas North Shore

Ultimate Ninjas North Shore

Ultimate Ninjas offers a variety of classes for kids that focus on developing physical skills and building confidence in a fun and motivating space! Ninja training is an amazing and challenging way to help your child build self-confidence, personal fitness, and agility – preparing them to reach higher than you can imagine. They offer a great way for children to stay active and build a sense of accomplishment. Most importantly, it’s a lot of fun! Lil Ninjas classes are a great way for younger ninjas to get the wiggles out, have fun and feel great about everything they accomplish!

School age classes, Preschool Classes, Birthday parties, Special Events, Adult Fitness Classes and Open Play

Come check us out! First class is FREE!

Ultimate Ninjas North Shore - Location & Contact

Ultimate Ninjas North Shore

3054 N Lake Terrace, Glenview
[email protected] and [email protected]

Age Groups: 3 years old and up

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