Summer Camp

Enrollment is open!  Register here.   Monday-Friday • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.Weekly Sessions: June 22-August 14, 2015 Full Week: $300 Before & After Care are available. Before starts at 8:00am and is $10, aftercare goes until 5pm and is $20 per day.  Ages: 6 & up. Levels: Beginner students who are trying circus for the first time; AND, [...]

CircEsteem’s A Space Odyssey – Spring Circus 2014

A CircEsteem Space Odyssey

CIRCESTEEM PRESENTS A SPACE ODYSSEY AT ALTERNATIVES, APRIL 5TH, 6TH, 12TH & 13TH Alternatives Inc., 4730 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60640 Buy your tickets in advance at Brown Paper Tickets. They can also be purchased at the door on the day of the event. CircEsteem, Chicago’s premiere youth circus, is thrilled to announce CircEsteem’s A [...]

Latest News

Find out about CircEsteem’s most recent developments!

Head Coach Position Summary:   We are seeking a Head Coach with the ability to teach a variety of intermediate to advanced circus skill and capable of providing leadership to unify CircEsteem’s innovative programs. In addition to teaching regular classes and providing coaching for regular intensive training sessions, the Head Coach will work closely with [...]

2013 Spring Circus

CircEsteem Spring Circus opening 20.APR.2013. Click for more details.

Ahoy, Hearties! CircEAU will take you on an undersea adventure including shimmering mermaids on the flying trapeze and salty pirate clowns juggling. Performers for the show are ages 3-18 years old from beginner students through our advanced performing troupe. Purchase two adult general admission tickets and receive 1 child’s ticket FREE! General Admission (bleacher seating) [...]

2012 Winter Circus


CircEsteem presents Winter Circus, a Celebration of Wintertide – December 15th & 16th General admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children. CircEsteem, Chicago’s largest youth circus, is thrilled to announce CircEsteem’s 12th Annual Winter Circus – a performance by the youth of CircEsteem. The Winter Circus will evoke warm hearts on chilly nights gathered around the [...]

CircEsteem is Hiring!

CircEsteem Job Description Program Director CircEsteem unites and empowers youth from diverse backgrounds by teaching them the skills needed to succeed in life.  Specifically, CircEsteem promotes the development of self esteem, personal success and empowerment by (i) promoting the practice of circus arts; (ii) uniting youth from diverse backgrounds; (iii) providing skills training; and (iv) [...]

CircEsteem Board Offers $5,000 Challenge Grant

As CircEsteem’s students prepare for the 10th Annual Spring Circus on May 13 and 14, the Board of Directors pondered what it could give CircEsteem for its 10th anniversary. The gift had to celebrate the accomplishment of an entire decade of spring circuses. It had to use the number ten in a really big way. We decided to [...]

Cirque de Soleil donates 450 tickets to CircEsteem

CircEsteem and Cirque du Soleil have partnered in raising money to benefit CircEsteem since 2005.  Through this partnership CircEsteem has raised over $75,000 through the sale of tickets to Cirque du Soleil shows here in Chicago.  This year, Cirque du Soleil has generously donated 450 tickets for OVO, their latest touring show.   Through the [...]

CircEsteem is Hiring!

CircEsteem Job Openings CircEsteem’s programs have grown so much this past year that we are in search of high skilled experienced circus instructors for a variety of positions starting in 2011.  Some positions can be combined for the right instructor. CircEsteem will pay a competitive hourly wage commensurate with experience and, in addition, all instructors [...]

Spirit of Giving-ABC7

December 16, 2010 (CHICAGO)  – Children hanging upside down and pins flying through the air are pretty common sights at the non-profit afterschool program CircEsteem. ABC7 spends an afternoon with CircEsteem as it prepares for its 10th Annual Winter Circus.

Winter Circus

CircEsteem on Chicago Public Radio

CircEsteem’s Executive Director speaks to Jerome McDonald on Chicago Public Radio’s Worldview. Listen to the interview here.

October Gym Wheel Weekend

Sam Wheel

CircEsteem is proud to host the USA Gym Wheel Federation’s Fall 2010 Gym Wheel Weekend on October 8 – 10. Gym Wheel Weekend is a fantastic opportunity for beginner to advanced gym wheel students and teachers to come together and celebrate the sport.  This year marks the first time we will be offering One Rim/Cyr [...]

Chicago Parent Magazine Features CircEsteem Classes

Chicago Parent Magazine takes a look at what it is like to run away with CircEsteem for the day.

Circus Group Helps Kids Get Their Act Together

Brave New Circus

Chicago Sun Times article talks about CircEsteem’s impact on young people.

CircEsteem Graduate Gets Scholarship

Teresa Clement joined CircEsteem in 2002.  Originally from Sudan, born in Egypt, her family came to Chicago in 2001.  Teresa joined CircEsteem with her sisters Maria and Viviane and they became known for their amazing acrobatic and juggling routines. Teresa joined the CircusTeens program in 2006 and became one of CircEsteem’s most valuable performers and teachers.  [...]

CircEsteem on WGN Midday

Watch CircEsteem on WGN’s Midday Fix. Shakespeare is going to the circus! On May 21 and 22, CircEsteem and the Chicago Youth Circus will present A Springtide Circus, a theatrical production that combines the Bard and the Big Top! The audience will be wowed by elaborate juggling choreography, hilarious clown performances, daring tightrope and trapeze [...]

CircEsteem Awarded $10,000 Grant

The Chicago Flyhouse is pleased to contribute to CircEsteem’s valuable efforts by applying the ‘Strings Attached’ grant towards a track and drapery rig to be installed in CircEsteem’s shared Uptown location. The flexible drapery system will address many of CircEsteem’s needs, including dividing the space to aid organization and safety during class days, as well [...]

CircusTeens present a Brave New Circus

Brave New Circus

The CircusTeens of CircEsteem invite you to come see a Brave New Circus. Inspired by Aldous Huxley, this first ever youth created, directed, and produced circus show addresses ideas of individuality and subverting the dominant paradigm. These lessons are taught by a clown who stumbles through a perfectly ordered world and creates chaos.

CircEsteem Appoints New Executive Director

We are very excited to announce the promotion of Maribeth Joy to Executive Director of CircEsteem effective January 1, 2010.  As many of you know, Maribeth has been with CircEsteem since its infancy and has been integral to our growth.  She started working for CircEsteem as a volunteer juggling instructor over 6 years ago.  She quickly [...]

CircEsteem comes to Elite Sports Complex

Gym Wheel Competitions

CircEsteem will be offering Gym Wheel and general circus classes to students at Elite Sports Complex in Downer’s Grove starting on February 25th.  See the TribLocal article for more information.

An Uptown circus brings together a city

Winter Circus 2008

CircEsteem, located in Uptown, provides a fun, safe and healthy environment for children and teens. Payment is on a sliding scale basis, making it affordable for every child in Chicago to learn circus skills. Click here to listen to Erica Demarest’s audio report from the Medill School of Journalism.

Circus Harmony shares the ring

In November 2009, CircEsteem traveled to St. Louis to share the ring with Circus Harmony. This historic trip brought two social circus power houses together for the first time. CircEsteem’s Executive Director Maribeth Joy traveled with 13 youth participants to St. Louis.  Circus Harmony shared their performance ring at the City Museum and allowed CircEsteem [...]