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Chicago City Day School | Crain’s Chicago Business

mission statement

Chicago City Day School prepares students intellectually, socially, emotionally and aesthetically to participate in a changing and increasingly complex society. We offer an academically challenging program in a noncompetitive school climate in which children are encouraged to take risks. Our students will be prepared to be active, positive members of society.

Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid is available.


Teachers are an extraordinary group of dedicated professionals, chosen for their professional experience, skill, devotion to children and passion for teaching. The School places the highest premium on the graduate degrees earned by its teachers and the wealth of professional experiences they bring.


At the end of Grade 8, City Day graduates are admitted to independent, parochial, and public day and boarding schools in Chicagoland, as well as throughout the United States. Since 1985, all graduates have enrolled in college.

Campuses and Facilities

The School’s pristine, two-acre campus is located on a tree-lined residential street in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood, less than a block from Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan. Classroom buildings provide 71,000 square feet of imaginative space specially designed and constructed for elementary school-aged students.

Additionally, state-of-the-art facilities include spacious classrooms, two fully equipped science laboratories, an expansive library, two computer laboratories and two regulation-sized gymnasiums. It also offers an inviting art studio, a stimulating shop for technology education and a sophisticated theater, while its spacious play yard includes a 4,000-square-foot ice rink.


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Unique Study Options/Programs

Highlights include an emphasis on public speaking, which builds confidence and critical thinking skills, along with a commitment to service learning, which includes annual restoration work along the Chicago River. Furthermore, it offers a summer research expedition—in partnership with the Shedd Aquarium—to coral reef habitats near the Florida Keys, a robust technology and design program, and immersive learning trips overseas.

value proposition

Chicago City Day School provides a rigorous education within a culture of kindness. We challenge, support and inspire our students so that they can succeed in high school—and beyond.

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