Northside Unschoolers Group (NUG)

We are the Northside Unschoolers Group



 We provide information, support and encouragement to Chicago area families with children ages 0 to 18 who unschool or are interested in unschooling.  Unschooling is child-led or child initiated learning. We also provide a variety of activities, classes and events to all interested homeschoolers.

How NUG works in a nutshell:

We are a non-directed support group, which means that there are no official leaders, just people interested in offering their energy and ideas to the community. All activities are offered and organized by individuals, based on their interests and needs. For example, if someone wants to organize a field trip, she/he determines when it will happen, where it will take place, what age groups can participate, how much it will cost, etc… that information is then posted to the website, and people can choose to participate or not.

If the thought of diving into a new crowd seems intimidating, Read this article about strategies for “breaking in” to an existing homeschooling group.


Find us:

Northwestern Splash, education enrichment program at Northwestern University

Information for Northwestern Splash, an educational enrichment program, at Northwestern University on April 29th from 10am to 5pm. Students will have the opportunity to take classes in a variety of courses ranging from African Dancing to an Introduction to Jet Engines taught by college students.
This program is for students 13 and up and is a drop off event. There is a fee of $15 due the day of the program which covers classes, lunch and a t-shirt, but financial aid is available.
You can check out our website at and students can sign up at I have also attached our course catalog and a flyer.
The deadline for signing up is April 15th.

Krav Maga for Kids

Martial Athletics (Krav Maga for Kids)  –  This blend of Tae Kwon Do, American Kickboxing and Krav Maga (fundamentals) is designed to teach aspects of the traditional martial arts, while incorporating real life self-defense techniques our kids face today.  Half of the class focuses on specific martial art and self-defense applications while the second half of class focuses on strength and conditioning, featuring the Parisi Speed School program.

See and for more information of the two programs.
Class is for ages 7+ up to 14 years old.   Class meets every Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM 
POW! is located at 310 S. Racine across the street from Hubbard St. Dance Studios.  FREE Parking is available in the Life Storage Lot off of Jackson, just before Racine.
Instructor is Brennan Cox.  He is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor as well as an advanced level speed/performance coach.  Brennan is also Level 1 certified Krav Maga student and Amateur Muay Thai Kickboxing competitor.  Feel free to call POW! at 312.829.7699 or email Brennan directly –
Try two weeks of classes at POW! Kids for $39.00 to start. 
Program Cost:  4 classes – $ 90.00,  8 classes – $160.00, 12 classes – $225.00
Equipment Fee:  $49.99 (Includes- Boxing Gloves, Hand Wraps, and a T-shirt)


Yours in sport,
Brennan Cox
Program Director
Parisi Speed School Chicago
310 South Racine
Chicago, IL 60607

Sky High Trampoline Homeschooler Meetup

Here is the schedule for Sky High for 2016/2017.

Sky High Sports
Trampoline Park
6424 W. Howard Street
Niles, IL 60714
2nd Friday of the month, 12-2 pm

JAN 13
FEB 10
MAR 10
APR 14
MAY 12

If you joined us last year or are joining us for the first time, please read this through. There are a few changes that were made.

*$12, CASH, per person, for two hours. I will collect payment
as you check in and then will pay as a group at the end. No credit card payments please.

*Everyone must purchase and jump in reusable Sky High brand GRIPSOCKS. The cost is $2.00 plus tax each.

*Due to their operational plan, the general courts such as main, foam
pit, rope swing, basketball hoops, and certain restricted areas for
kids will be open. Additional courts used during busy times will be
closed, including the 6 and Under area. The snack bar will be open for simple goods, but no cooked/prepped food will be available during this time.

*EVERYONE MUST FILL OUT A ONE-TIME RELEASE WAIVER, if you haven’t done so already. Go to HTTP://NIL.SKYHIGHSPORTS.COM/ to fill out your waiver.

Sky High Sports Trampoline Park – Niles, IL | Indoor trampoline fun center
From a freestyle courtyard time to dodgeball, our trampoline park has fun for the entire family. We offer birthday party packages, corporate events & more.

Co-ops, Classes, and Meetups

Here are some links to local homeschooling co-ops, classes and meetups. Session Dates and Fees may vary, please contact the organizers directly with questions.

Aikido Classes for Homeschoolers

Chicago Homeschool Coop

Chicago Teen/Tween Homeschool Cooperative

CircEsteem Homeschool Classes

 Classes for Homeschoolers at the Latvian Center

Edge of Orion Homeschool Classes

Krav Maga for Kids

Mayfair Open Coop

Oak Park Homeschool Skate

Sky High Trampoline Homeschool Meetup

Teen Essentials

Thin Ice Theatre Ensemble


Perhaps you are looking for a support group that meets on a different day, or closer to your house.  Here are some groups that are welcoming to unschoolers:

Illinois H.O.U.S.E

Westside H.O.U.S.E.  The group welcomes all types of homeschoolers to the group.

The Chicago Homeschool Coop Meet once a week for social time at various parks or at an indoor space during the winter.

Many Rivers Unschoolers  is an all inclusive homeschooling group comprised of approximately 35 families in Naperville, Aurora, Joliet and surrounding communities, including Will County, DuPage County and surrounding counties in the west, far west, and southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

Grassroots Homeschoolers H.O.U.S.E.   serving Chicagoland and NW Indiana area homeschoolers.





Tween Club Yahoo Group   This homeschool tween club was started to assist tweens in the north and northwest perimeters of the city of Chicago to gather, socialize and explore the world together. This is an open and inclusive group for all homeschool tweens in Chicago and surrounding.
Chicago Homeschool Meetup Group The mission of our group is to provide opportunities for homeschooled children to connect with other kids, do joint field trips, and to serve as a resource for new and seasoned homeschool families.



Aikido classes for Homeschoolers

Homeschool Aikido Class at Shinjinkai,

Tuesdays and Fridays, 11-11:50 a.m., and Saturdays 10-10:50 a.m.

Class is ongoing and new students can show up at any time.

Ages 6-15.

Please have your child wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may attend one class for free to determine if it’s a good fit for your child. $75/month, sibling discount available. The dojo is open 15 minutes before class starts, and students are encouraged to arrive early to warm up. Shinjinkai is located at 3717 N. Ravenswood ( Parents are welcome to stay and observe the class quietly, or to leave and return at the end of class (there’s a Trader Joe’s, a couple of cafés, and a knitting store all in easy walking distance). Please let Katje know if you have any questions,