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,

EDGE Theatre Summer Slam

EDGE Theare Summer Slam Session


Summer Slam Session

E.D.G.E.  Summer Slam 2016

Our first 4 week session! All classes are held outside in the park next to Waveland Clock Tower (If you have ever been to Nerdception or where we LARPed “Attack on Titan”,  it’s the same space.) Unless of for real rain or cold and then they will be moved to Pendulum. All classes except for Python are individual classes. Drop-ins are welcome. They, of course, must meet their minimum to run at all.

Details and Perks of the Park:  There is plenty of metered parking, There is public bathrooms. Plenty of shade. A lovely bar/cafe. Drop your kid off or stay and enjoy the park! Sign up for 3 (paying classes) and get one free!

Address of Waveland:

3600 N Recreation Dr, Chicago, IL 60613. Classes are to the far south of the clock tower behind the bird Sanctuary. Parking either next to the tower or across the baseball fields on recreation drive.

Address of Rain day location- Pendulum

1803 W Byron St #215, Chicago, IL 60613

Please See Link for Class Descriptions, Times, Cost

Thin Ice Theater September 2015

Hello all,

Hope you are having a great summer!  Classes will be starting for Thin Ice Ensemble Theater in September.  Here is what we are offering this fall.  If you are interested, register at .


Eileen Hand

Artistic Director TIET

Offerings for Fall 2015:

Beginning Scene Study Class

Students will learn and perform scenes from great plays. Students will learn stage movement, projection, character develop as well as gaining a deeper understanding of the text. These classes are designed to enhance self-esteem as well as prepare them for full productions.

Dates: Mondays, September 14 – November 16

Time:  1-3pm

Place: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 616 Lake Street, Evanston, IL 60201

Ages: 12 and up

Cost: $135.00

Instructor: Eileen Hand

Register for this class:

Scene Study Class

This class will teach theater techniques through staging scenes from plays based on great literature.

Dates: Fridays, September 18th – November 20th

Time: 1-3pm

Place: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 616 Lake Street, Evanston, IL 60201

Ages: 8 and up

Cost: $135.00

Instructor: Eileen Hand

Register for this class:

Musical Theater Classes

Come be a Broadway baby and sing and dance your way to fame! Students will learn new and classic B-Way songs along with choreography and movement. A final performance will be done at the end of the session. Friends and family are welcome to attend this free performance.

Musical Theater Class

In this class we will dance and sing songs from some of the greatest Broadway musicals past and present. Come be a Broadway baby!

Dates: Mondays, September 14 – November 16

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 younger 11:00 – 12:00 older

Place: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 616 Lake Street, Evanston, IL 60201

Ages: younger 6 – 12   older 12 and up

Cost: $125.00

Instructor: Eileen Hand

Register for this class:

Dr. Seuss from Page to Stage – Green Eggs and Ham

“Do you like green eggs and ham?” Come join us as we bring the classic Green Eggs and Ham to the stage! Kids will create set and costumes straight from the page. Performance of play November 19th.

Dates: Wednesdays, September 16 – November 18

Times: 10:00 – 11:30am

Place: Immanuel Lutheran Church

Ages: 6 and up

Cost: $160.00

Instructor: Eileen Hand, Ruth Haas & Cheryl Yenter

Register for this class:

Cooking Classes

What: Cooking Classes for 2015-16 at Whole Foods
When: Tuesdays once/month, see dates below, 11am-3pm
Where: Lincoln Park Whole Foods, 1550 N. Kingsbury Street
Who: suggested age 10 and up (must be able to handle a 10” chefs’ knife)
Cost: $90/3-class session
Class themes are suggestions from the staff at Whole Foods and may change based on interest/suggestions of participants.
Please reply to Rachel Allard if you are interested in signing up (and if you have specific dietary issues/menu ideas). We will need to have at least 12 kids signed up for Session 1 by September 20 for the class to be a go.
Hi again!  Dates and themes are below.  All classes are on Tuesdays from 11a-3p.
Each child is $30/day.
We will charge like we have in the past.  3 sessions at a time, for a total of $90/child/session. Minimum of 12 students, Maximum of 18.


Session 1



Oct 6—Basic Knife Skills
Nov 3—Thanksgiving Day Foods
Dec 1—Appetizers for the Holidays
$90 + tax is collected between Sept 14-20
Session 2
Jan 12—Healthy Foods for the New Year
Feb 2—Sushi Class
March 1—Tamales and Salsa
$90 + tax is collected between Dec 14-20
Session 3
April 5—Stuffed Ravioli
May 3—Grilled Cheese and Mac n Cheese
June 7—Summertime Sweets
$90 + tax is collected between March 14-20