3 Reasons to sign your child up for Filament Theatre Summer Camp

1. Join the Community

You can become part of your neighborhood's premier professional theatre for young people and their families. Students learn from the very actors they have seen on stage!

“We love Filament performances for the sheer talent of their cast, the wonderful, ingenious set design and for their creativity and imagination, and that comes through in their classes too."  - Lori (parent)


2. Get Creative: Create a play of your own!

At Filament Camp, kids create their own dream roles. Our teachers work hard to support the creativity of the students helping campers' unique ideas shine!  

"It’s not like regular play camp where you are given a script to memorize— you are creating your own script so it feels more natural.  It’s your own play and words… At camp it is really hands on– besides writing the script we also make the costumes and choreograph our movements.” – Jameson (camper)


3. Make Friends: Get to know more creative kids in the neighborhood

Supportive teachers, guided group work, and funny theatre games create a community where friendships flourish.  

"I liked that I made a new friend."  - Peighton (camper)
"On the first day I made a new friend."  - Andy (camper)
"I am proud I made new friends. And proud I met new people." - Chloe (camper)

Learn about sibling discounts and more...

Bike Lanes Coming To Milwaukee Avenue in Irving Park, Portage Park

Crews have begun painting bicycle lanes along a two-mile stretch of Milwaukee Avenue spanning the Old Irving Park and Portage Park neighborhoods, fulfilling a long-held priority of city transportation officials and Ald. John Arena(45th).

By the end of May, half the on-street parking will disappear along the avenue between Addison Street and Irving Park Road, making way for buffered bike lanes in both directions, according to Arena's office.

The lanes were the top vote-getter in the ward's 2015 participatory budgeting process... Read more.

Why Local Businesses Shouldn't Worry about Parking

One of the most common arguments against eliminating parking from downtown areas is that it'll affect business. The people behind those complaints are dead right: There will be an impact on business—only it's the opposite of the one they have in mind. Removing cars from downtown streets actually increases trade by attracting pedestrians and cyclists, and a new study of Queen Street West in Toronto's Parkdale neighborhood has the numbers to prove it.

Read more about this study here.

Meet Our local Non-Profits

Arts Alive Chicago

Arts Alive Chicago is a non-profit organization that works with local artists to help enrich the community’s quality of life by using art to enhance cultural heritage and encourage economic vitality.  

Filament Theatre

Filament Theatre is located at the heart of Portage Park. They believe in taking their audience through an immersive theatrical experience to inspire, empower, and activate young people in their community. They envision a future in which the leaders of tomorrow approach others with radical empathy and serve as ambassadors for their communities and stewards of the Earth.

Hands to Help Ministries

Hands to Help Ministries works to provide resources to people who are at risk or experiencing homelessness. They address the issue of homelessness in our community through support, resources, and relationship building with community organizations.

LYDIA Home Association

LYDIA Home Assocaition is an alternative to state-run foster care and family assistance agencies. In 1920, they bought the property at 4300 West Irving Park Road, and convert it into a large, permanent home for LYDIA’s children. To this day they believe in strengthening families to care for children.

National Veterans Art Museum

The National Veterans Art Museum believes in providing people a deeper understanding of the impact of war with a focus on the Vietnam War. All of the art exhibitions are from combat veterans.  

Schurz Food Science Lab

The Schurz Food Science Lab is a one-of-a-kind food science pilot program. It's provides students with vocational training that translates science, nutrition, and the relationship with the environment into real life skills. This is a program geared to harvest the NextGen Farmers.