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Our Programs

CircEsteem is a place for youth of all ages, sizes, shapes and backgrounds, diversity being our strongest quality. We provide the environment for youth to comfortably and safely celebrate their differences through a number of social circus programs! From academic enrichment fun to circus skill and performance programs, we offer something for everyone!

We also offer a sliding scale Financial and Scholarship program for families with less financial resources  to help cover our tuition-based programs.

Come join us as we forge a peaceful Chicago through the practice and performance of circus arts!

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Featured Program

Homework & Circus Work

Homework & Circus Work (HWCW) is a free after-school tutoring and circus arts program. This program emphasizes self-esteem, teamwork and resilience; and is a safe space for all youth.

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Chicago Youth Circus

Participants choose from Skill Stations ranging from juggling, unicycle, gym wheel, trapeze, silks, lyra, clowning, and many other CircEsteem circus skills.

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Performance Troupe

CircEsteem’s Performance Troupe is designed for experienced youth seeking to advance their skills to the next level and participate in performance opportunities through CircEsteem.

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After School Activities

CircEsteem has built after-school and in-school programming to help students develop confidence and build flexibility, balance, coordination, strength and self-esteem through circus mastery.

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Summer Camp

Summer Circus Camp is a fun, safe, supportive environment where children explore the Circus Arts and develop self-confidence, self-esteem, physical awareness and an understanding of the potential they possess.