Casa Italia | Italian Cultural Center - 3800 Division Street Stone Park, IL 60165

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My children (ages 7 and 5) LOVED the summer program at Casa Italia. After the first day, they asked if they could come back to the camp every summer. As a parent of Italian descent, it was amazing to see my children learn and love the Italian culture, language, food, music and arts. They enjoyed being outdoors with their “Italian villages” and loved the counselors that were there to teach and support them everyday. They would tell me the food was delicious; they especially loved making pizzas with Davide and Lucy. At the end of the day, they were always excited and happy to tell me all about their day at camp! We are so happy that we have found Casa Italia and the amazing summer program! We are looking forward to another fun two weeks!

                 — Rena McMahon


QuotesSo many of us wish and dream we were fluent in multiple languages and as an educator, I know starting young is the best way to make that happen. Being able to send my 4 and 6 year olds to Casa Italia’s language camp last summer was a true blessing! They learned language, culture, dance, cooking, gardening, and the traditions of Italy in a fully immersive environment. The quality of instruction from Concordia Language Villages is fabulous and being able to offer my kids their expertise right here in the Chicago area is a wonderful benefit! We look forward to participating in Casa Italia’s summer camp again and again and again!

                 — Libby Robertson Kincannon

 

QuotesI’ll be sending both of my daughters (ages 6 and 4) to camp this summer. My oldest daughter had a wonderful time last year and still sings some of the songs she learned, and my youngest daughter can’t wait for her first chance to attend!

Brigit Goudie

 

QuotesThe Italian immersion camp at Casa Italia was an enjoyable and educational experience for my children. They learned the Italian language and culture through play-based learning so they looked forward to going each day. I spoke some Italian to my kids at home, but they never responded or showed interest until after your two-week camp. Casa Italia’s summer camp made learning Italian fun!

                 — Kira Izzo-Famartino

 

QuotesI cannot say enough about the wonderful things that happen at Casa Italia! My children have attended their language sessions for years and we have been fortunate to engage in the yearly summer camp now under the direction of the Concordia Language Villages. It is such an amazing retreat! The camp is done in full immersion and it is astonishing how quickly the children catch on. Learning Italian is just the tip of the iceberg. They learn so many things, from Italian culture, history, cooking, table etiquette, performing arts, gardening, bocce, arts and crafts, basketball, soccer, etc. The list is endless. My children love going on nature walks and exploring the beautiful grounds of Casa Italia and their absolute favorite is the giant water slide that cools them down on hot days. I have never witnessed such an amazing summer camp! My children are embraced by the staff as if they were family. If you’re looking for a two-week passport to Italy for your little one without ever leaving the Chicago area, this is it! Give them the gift of language, community, culture and long-lasting friendships through an abundance of magical moments and memories forged at Casa Italia!

                — Dr. Lisa Biancalana-Marsh