CPS Teachers Union Strike

During the CPS Teachers Union strike, JCC Chicago’s School’s Out program will provide full-day back-up care for children. Dates will be added as needed.

Thursday Oct. 21

Loving Summer

Summer. We can still feel it, but the days have already turned colder. Nothing to worry about on this School’s Out Day! Kids will splash in the pool, have an indoor picnic, and do crafts and games all centered around summer time. We’ll be taking a field trip up to Weinger JCC, where the indoor pool and gym will allow us to play like its summertime, even when it’s not. Kids will need to bring a lunch, swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes.

Thursday Oct. 22

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. The zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal lovers, who visit the zoo to hear a lion’s roar echo off nearby apartment buildings, see gorillas climb trees as the Willis Tower looms in the distance, or forget where they are as they immerse themselves in tropical rainforests, dry-thorn forests or spacious savannas. Check out their website for more information- http://www.lpzoo.org/. Kids will need to bring a LUNCH and WATER.


8:00am-4:00pm | $80
4:00-6:00pm | $20

*Apachi Family Incentive does not apply to CPS Teachers Union Strike Days

(Fees will be refunded in the case of the strike being called off)


Laugh Out Loud Theater
Hyde Park JCC


Locations & Registration

Apachi Family Incentive

If you have attended one of our Apachi Day Camps, we have a special School’s Out offer for you. For more information and to take advantage of this Apachi Family Incentive, please call our customer support team at 844.452.2244. Incentive ends Oct. 14, 2019.

School’s Out Locations

Alcott Elementary

Bernard Weinger JCC

Hyde Park JCC

Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue*

*Families that attend Skokie Valley Synagogue, please call our customer support team at 844.452.2244 for a special rate.

All Locations

Follow our JCC Chicago Facebook page where we announce programs during weather emergencies.


  • All programs run from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
  • AfterCare is available at selected locations from 4:00-6:00pm.
  • Field Trips: Children will be bussed to and from field trip locations. All children must be at the drop-off location no later than 8:45am. Buses will NOT wait for late children.
  • JCC In-House Days: Children are bussed to a JCC facility for theme days, enrichment opportunities, and other activities. Children should be at the drop-off location no later than 8:45am.


School’s Out Day: $80/day
AfterCare: $20/day
Weeklong Rate: Discounted per site

Registration Policy

To guarantee your spot, we recommend registering online. Online registration will close at 3:30pm the weekday prior to the program date. After the deadline, please call J at School at 312.775.1848 to inquire about space availability. Hyde Park registrants can call 773.753.3080. Registrations taken over the phone past the registration deadline will incur a drop-in rate of $100.

Families will receive a confirmation email the day before the School’s Out program with information regarding busing, lunches and other pertinent information.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

If the participant minimum is not met within 3 business days before the School’s Out date, the day will be cancelled and families will be notified via email. Families will be given the choice to transfer to another site, if that site is running.

If a program is cancelled due to low enrollment, families are given a full refund. Cancellations made by families within 24 hours of the program will not be granted a refund.

Pick Up & Drop Off

School’s Out Days take place from 8am to 4pm. You can drop off as early as 8am but all children must be at the JCC location by 8:45am at the latest. Children must be signed in daily. Buses will then depart to the field trip destination, unless it is a JCC Site Day.

On Field Trip days, all children must be at the drop-off location no later than 8:45am. We will NOT wait for late children. Children must be in a group before getting on the bus.

For the safety and security of your child, we do not allow drop off or pick up from the field trip locations. We will not accept any late children brought to the field trip location.

Please be on time for pick up. If you do not pick up your child by 4:15 pm, you will be charged $20 for after care. If someone else is picking up your child, please write their name on the roster in the morning.


After care runs from 4:00-6:00pm. Any child who is left after 6:10pm will be charged a $20 penalty fee as well as $1 per minute they are late.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, we may make a decision to delay opening our programs or facilities until 10:00am to give staff extra time to travel or ensure our sites are fully functioning. In extreme cases, we may decide to close an entire facility.


School’s Out is fully inclusive of children with disabilities.


Contact us about School’s Out.

Call us at 844.452.2244 or complete the form below.

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