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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 & CircusWork

HomeWork & CircusWork (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 2023

We would like to thank you for your patience and support during this transitional period for us. As many of you know, this summer our headquarters will be under renovation. We're very excited about the new beautiful changes coming our way, but this ultimately means that Summer Camp will not be held at its usual location. We're working around the clock to secure a wonderful space for Summer Camp 2023. This new location will be home to Summer Camp for its entirely, and will be no greater than 2.5 miles from CircEsteem headquarters. We recommend that you register for summer camp as usual so you do not miss out on our Early Bird Special! If you're still unsure and will like to wait until we have our stablished location please email our Office Manager Vela at jose@circesteem.org with: Name, number, child's name and age. Vela will then get back to you once that information is determined.