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Sep 9 / Neal

Alternative Child Care Options If CTU Strikes

Everyone is hoping CPS and the teachers union will agree to a new contract today but the possibility of a strike is very real.   CPS a plan to keep 144 schools open if there is a strike but what other options are there? So far at least three institutions are coordinating full or part day educational opportunities during a strike.  If you know of another option please share it here.

Facets Multimedia is hosting a Film Immersion Workshop at Facets Theater, 1517 W Fullerton. In Workshop “your child will learn basic critical theory thinking,elements of film grammar and narrative, global culture and history, and theexploration of film classics taught by film scholars.” The workshop begins at 8:30am and ends at 5:30pm. The cost is $65 per day.  Lunch is not provided.  For more information call 773-316-3394 or email at

Young Chicago Authors, 1180 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor, will host the Radical Film Festival and Freedom School for  grades 6th – 12th from 11am-3pm. “In collaboration with core performance artists and special guests, young people will see the power of their voices in action through film, performance and discussion.”  The following films will be shown Monday through Friday respectively: “Louder Than A Bomb”, “The Interrupters”,  “People Speaks”, “Style Wars”,  and “Raising Victor Vargas”.  No lunch will be provided.  No cost has been announced.

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 South Kenwood Avenue, is offering an alternative classroom opportunity for grades K-10.  The hours of operation at 8am-6pm.

Many more programs are being mentioned at this forum.
Amundsen Park, 6200 W. Bloomingdale, many other parks will offer camp-style activities for children in half and full day options from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Space is limited, and parents must register their children at the park sites. Students will participate in camp-type activities such as sports, arts and nature activities. No meals are provided at these sites.

Arts Camp in case of CPS strike! Voice of the City will offer a week-long arts camp for children grades K to 8th in case of a CPS strike at the Hairpin Arts Center. Children will engage in visual and theate arts, reading and some physical activities at Unity park. Parents should pack a lunch, snacks provided. Five days for $175.00. Artist/teachers: Julie Cvengros Grisalez, Christopher Ellis (There are limited sliding scale slots available upon request. Parents may also register their children at $45/day.) When: Monday through Friday: September 10 to 14, 2012; 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. (Arts camp will be extended one week at a time, depending on the strike schedule.) Hairpin Arts Center, 2800 N Milwaukee Avenue. For more information, call Christopher at 312 576 7236 or register HERE:

Four of Chicago’s most innovative after school programs have teamed up to offer unique and exciting programming for your child! Join Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop, Sharp As A Tack, Little Linguists Academy, and Design Dance as we combine efforts to create an enriching and creative experience unlike any other. Strike Camp. In the event of a Chicago Teachers Union Strike, Source 4 Chicago will offer a week-long multi-disciplinary camp for children in K-6th grades* at multiple locations throughout Chicago. Students enrolled in our week-long camp will rotate through four specialized classes throughout each day. Three locations: 4727 N. Clark St. – The Game Room, 4740 N. Western Ave. – Dank Haus, 4626 N. Knox – Irish American Heritage Center. Preregister:

In the event of a strike, Multilingual Chicago ( will be offering a Spanish Immersion Strike Camp the week of Sept. 10th for kids K-5th grade at their center: 2934 N. Milwaukee Ave. Suite C. Details and registration available here:

Elite and Bash will provide day camp for baseball players ages 7 to 12. Justin Stone and his elite staff will lead skills and drills in the morning, supervise lunch, then play games in the afternoon. Camp is indoors at Bash Sports Academy at 2617 W. Fletcher. There is a $50 half day option from 9am to Noon or a $65 full day option from 9am to 3pm. Sign up will be on site, in a first come – first served manner, and limited to 40 participants. You can also PRE REGISTER now on your credit card by calling Elite Baseball Training in the mornings at 773 682 5549 or Bash Sports Academy in the afternoon at 773 588 2274 (Your credit card will not be charged unless the camp takes place. You will only be charged for the days you wish to sign up for.) We will hold camp Monday through Friday as long as the strike persists.

Curiosity Club School-Strike Camp is a unique experience for kids to design their own school if the CPS teachers go on strike. Mondays-Fridays from 9:00-3:00 at the Prop Thtr (3502 N. Elston).

The Mad Science Laboratory will be hosting camp in the event of a teacher’s strike. The camp hours are 9 to 4 with before and after care available if necessary. For $60/day, your children can remain in learning mode while remaining safe. The additional care will be from 8 to 9 for $10 and 4 to 5 for $10. Children will need to bring a lunch, but the program provides snacktivities each day. You can register at the Mad Science website. Each camp day will be a seperate transaction. Space is limited, so to ensure a space, sign up online. Payment will not be due until the strike is confirmed and children are due to arrive. You can pay by cash, check or charge each morning, but if day is not paid in full, the spot will only be held until 9:00am. Call with any questions or concerns…772-227-3345. You can talk to us on Facebook, Twitter, or email us at to let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your feedback on Yelp, too… please tell us about your experiences with Mad Science of Chicago workshops, camps, and programs!

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