CircEsteem Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   28 reviews


4730 N Sheridan Rd Chicago IL 60640 USA


CircEsteem unites youth from diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds and builds self-esteem through the practice and performance of circus arts.


With a 100% graduation rate from high school CircEsteem participants have received over $500,000 in college scholarships. CircEsteem provides dollar for dollar matching funds for participants saving money for college. To date CircEsteem youth have saved over $15,000 for their educational futures. CircEsteem has doubled their savings in addition to providing college scholarships.

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youth gain self-esteem through the practice of circus arts

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1. HomeWork & Circus Work is our after school tutoring program that works with youth 3 days a week combining homework help with circus activities. 2. Saturday circus classes happen for youth Saturday mornings from 8 AM to 1 PM throughout the school year. Come take Silks, Trapeze, Lyra, Tight-rope Walking, Trampoline, Tumbling, Chinese Pole and much more! 3. CircEsteem Summer Camp is a safe, fun, and supportive environment where campers can come and learn all the circus skills 7 weeks out of the summer. 4. We love to do outreach in schools. Invite us to your school where we can teach an after school program every week or a gym class workshop. OR you can bring your school to our location for a field trip! 5. Birthday Parties! Celebrate your birthday at CircEsteem! 6. Invite us to your event where we can host workshops for your guests.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

My children went to summer camp at Circ and it was awesome! The groups were small, the kids got to learn new things, and environment was peaceful. Lovely!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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This past summer CircEsteem and the Chicago Youth Circus came to Zelienople, PA and I had the plesase to see them perform. It was absolutely amazing to see these kids of all ages, diverse backgrounds performing. This organization is focused on tutoring these kids after school, teaching them the art of circus, and helping to guide these kids (some of which have little or no parental parental guidance) and watching them grow into the wonderful young people they are with a very high percentage of them going on to college. I can't say enough about this non profit organization. Without this organization, many of these kids would be out on the street.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Absolutely the best. Their devotion to these kids is just unbelievable. I can't say enough about them. They believe in all of these kids and help them to believe they can achieve anything they put their mind too. There is no "I can't".

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