5 Adult Summer Camps Within Driving Distance of Chicago
Fountain of youth? Who needs one when these five adult summer camps help you relive the glory days. From digital detoxes to yogi superfests, they let you recapture your youth as you capture the flag.
Booking a weekend at this idyllic Wisconsin resort is a bit like a wilderness choose-your-own adventure. There’s no programming, but there is one majorly impressive tree house, not to mention a lake, trails and bonfire. Grab your friends, pack some good food and books and snap some amazing Instagrams among all the Pendleton blankets and antique furnishings.
SOUL CAMP (JUNE 24)
Need a retreat in a rush? About an hour from the city, Soul Camp’s day camp option really packs it in. From fitness classes to meditation and intuitive readings, you’ll get rejuvenated in less than six hours. And if you find yourself wanting to stay longer, sign up for the four-day camps in New York or California.
CAMP HALCYON (JULY, AUGUST AND OCTOBER DATES)
Treat yourself to four days at Camp Halcyon in Wautoma, Wisconsin, for cabin bunking, wine tasting and chef-prepared meals. Did we mention the after-hours food bar? Yeah, sure beats standing in line at the canteen.
CAMP FOREVER FUN (JULY 28 THROUGH 30)
This western Michigan retreat offers everything you loved about sleepaway camp—archery, ropes courses, canoe races, yoga, climbing walls, arts and crafts and more—plus beer. And not just beer, craft beer. Of course, no summer would be complete without a campfire and s’mores…or an epic dance party.
CAMP NO COUNSELORS (SEPTEMBER 1 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4)
At the other end of the spectrum, this multi-location (Chicago residents can head to southwest Michigan) camp has been compared to college—without the classes. All your drinks (and there will be many) are included in camp costs. They’ll fuel you through games of dodgeball, theme parties, a color war and late night DJ sets.