Homeschooling Groups Around Town


Buckingham Fountain

Northside Unschoolers

This is a very large, active group of commited unschoolers with many activities for children and families and even parents. Visit their webpage to get a tour.

Westside HOUSE

One of several local chapters of Illinois H.O.U.S.E, this group serves the west side of Chicago and neighboring suburbs. It is an active non-sectarian group of 20 or so families with kids of all ages. Visit the webpage to find out about ongoing activities.

Chicago Homeschool Coop

Chicago Homeschool Coop (CHC) aims to provide community and support for
homeschooling and unschooling families in the Chicago area.

CHC is an inclusive group. We welcome members regardless of their religious beliefs or non-belief. Our members are diverse in our homeschooling styles, philosophies, race, ages, and experiences.

We value this diversity and aspire to learn and grow with our children by sharing our time, resources, skills and interests. As we strengthen our community within the group, we also hope to participate meaningfully in our larger community.

We call ourselves a co-op because members cooperate to provide enriching experiences for their children and themselves. Each member participates as much as they desire and are able.

Activities include group play, field trips, park days, and member-led learning activities, classes and experiences.

To become a member of the CHC, we ask that you live in Chicago (or near suburb) and be homeschooling your child(ren) full time. (or If your child is pre- school aged, you are intending to homeschool.

Our yahoo group is not a “discussion list”, it is for communication between members and is restricted to active members. We ask that you come to a meeting before you join the yahoogroup.

Please email Alice at ahollowed@hotmail.com for more information.

The Muslim Homeschool

A small play/support group with families mostly in the western suburbs. Lots of links and resources listed.

Many Rivers Unschoolers

Another unschooling group, this time serving the Will and DuPage counties and around about those other rivers.

Catholic Homeschoolers in Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

Their name says it all. Visit their site to get the mission statement.

Grassroots Homeschoolers HOUSE

Chicagoland, Matteson, Northwest indiana. They are acting locally and thinking autodidactically.

Christian Chicago Area Relaxed Educators– A place for Christian unschoolers to meet. They have kid meetings, parent meetings and plenty of field trips.

9 Responses to “Homeschooling Groups Around Town”

  1. on 18 Sep 2006 at 8:36 pm Julie Polanco

    I would like to add a group to your list. We will soon have a website for our group (which I will just e-mail you when it’s set up). Our group is CCARE–Christian Chicago Area Relaxed Educators. This is a group for Christian families who believe in delight-directed, Holy Spirit driven learning.

  2. on 22 Aug 2007 at 8:00 pm Christina El-Abid

    Chicago Area Homeschool Field Trip yahoo group is for field trip and classes announcements only. There is at least one, and most of the time more field trips any given week. You can go on as many or as little as you choose.

  3. on 28 Aug 2007 at 9:07 am Mohammad El-Abid

    I’m also trying to start a group for home schoolers that like to use skateparks, I think once I get about three more people that we would also try to meet weekly.


  4. on 05 Nov 2007 at 11:46 pm Phyllis L. Smith Asinyanbi

    I am trying to start a Christian homeschool group for homeschoolers who live in the Chicagoland area or Indiana and who are willing to travel to southeast/south Chicago for support group meetings/activities.

    If anyone is interested, please e-mail me at: pasinyanbi@sbcglobal.net

  5. on 07 Jul 2008 at 7:28 pm Julie Polanco

    The website for the CCARE group above is no longer functional. However, we do still meet as a bookgroup each month and we do have a yahoo group. If you are interested, please contact me: 6polancos@sbcglobal.net.

  6. on 28 Jan 2010 at 11:20 am Michelle

    My name is Michelle and I am from Indiana Youth Ballet. I was wondering if you would be able to post information about our up coming Peter Pan Auditions. As a former homeschooler I was always looking for unique opportunities to get involved with. Indiana Youth Ballet believes in giving all ages a chance to perform and be apart of a production and everyone that audition receives a part. Our parts rang from no dance experience to professional dance training. We have a big heart for the art and want to share that with Northwest Indiana. Here is the following information below. We do have a website: http://www.indianayouthballet.com

    Thank you so much for time!
    Michelle Hamstra

    Peter Pan Audition information:

    St. John Township Community Center
    1515 W. Lincoln Highway (route 30) Schererville, IN
    (next to Paragon Restaurant) (South side of the street)

    Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010
    2 pm Ages 5&6 years old
    3 pm Ages 7-9 years old
    4 pm Ages 9 and Over (less than 3 years ballet experience)
    4:30 pm Ages 10-12 (more than 3 years ballet experience)
    5:30 pm Ages 13 & Over (more 3 years ballet experience)
    6:30 pm All Boys
    7:00 pm Leads ( you have to have attended one of the earlier auditions and were requested to stay)

  7. on 06 Feb 2010 at 12:15 pm Phyllis L. Smith Asinyanbi

    My email address has changed to plsmithasinyanbi@yahoo.com.

    Also, I own/moderate an online group, Christian Homeschool Support Group (CHSG) that focuses on free/low cost resources for homeschoolers:

  8. on 12 Nov 2010 at 10:56 am Lynn Adcox

    We have just moved here from SC. Looking for a homeschooling support group for us here in the city. Mainly friends & field trips. My children are 2nd & 5 th grade. Please respond if your group can meet our needs.

    Thanks, Lynn

  9. on 28 Jun 2011 at 9:57 am Keyonda


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