Support Groups

November 28th, 2015

Homeschooling requires diligence and persistence through successes and challenges. Support groups can provide a place for the homeschool family to connect with like minded individuals. They can provide inspiration, encouragement, and relationships.

Each support group has its own flavor and purpose. Many have a nominal annual fee to participate, monthly meetings, and email information networks. These can offer a great level of support to both new and veteran homeschoolers.

As I cannot be personally aware of every support group in the Chicagoland area, this list does not indicate endorsement by me or this site, rather it is merely a directory for information purposes. I would encourage you to email, visit, and ask questions to assure the best fit for your family.

State wide organizations

Local support groups by county:
Click on the county you are interested in:

State wide organizations:

Illinois Christian Home Educators
P.O. Box 307 Russell, IL 60075-0307
Phone: (847) 603-1259
Email: info@iche.org
Website: http://iche.org/

A not-for-profit Christian organization composed of families dedicated to the success of home education in Illinois.

Illinois Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience (HOUSE)
Chicago, IL
Phone: (847) 622-5200
Email: contact@illinoishouse.org
Website: http://www.illinoishouse.org/

A network of dozens of nonsectarian support groups throughout Illinois.

Boone

We currently do not have any Support Groups for Boone County. If you know of any, please let us know by using the Submit Information page.

Chicago

Northside Unschoolers Group
Chicago, IL
Phone: 708-524-1262
Email: Winifred Haun wini@winifredhaun.org
Website: http://www.northsideunschoolers.org

The Northside Unschoolers is a support group for homeschooling families that practice child-led learning. The group is comprised of approximately 80 diverse families with children ages newborn to 18. Homeschoolers of all stripes are welcome to join in any of our activities. Currently, we offer a weekly Park Day on Mondays, weekly Beach Day on Fridays, Girl Scout troop, drama classes, Mothers’ Teas and occasional parents’ meetings. Annually, we have a Family Camping event (usually held in June), and a Family Pot Luck Picnic Dinner (usually held in early September. Occasionally parents organize field trips and classes in nature, science, math, sewing or other interests.

Cook (excluding Chicago proper)

TEACH
(Tri-county Eclectic And Creative Homeschoolers of Illinois)

Northwest suburbs
Email: TEACHhomeschoolgroup@gmail.com
Website:  www.teachhomeschoolgroup.blogspot.com

We are an all inclusive, private home schooling group whose families reside in Chicago’s Northwest Suburban area including: Northwest Cook County, Northwest DuPage County and Northern Kane County. Presently we are a group of 25 families whose children’s ages range from infant-17 years old. For those looking for a group with teens: We have an active group of teenagers who consistently participate in the scheduled activities.

Arlington H.O.U.S.E.
Arlington Heights, IL
Email: Vid Axel, vidaxel@axeldesigns.com
Website: http://www.arlingtonhomeschoolers.com/

Arlington HOUSE is a nonsectarian homeschooling support group in the northwest suburbs of Chicago (Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Rolling Meadows). We have about 25 families with children ranging from newborn to mid teens.

Chicago Ridge HS Happenings
Chicago Ridge, IL
Phone: Mrs. Constance VanSwol (708) 423-7753
Email: youthdesk@chicagoridge.lib.il.us

We meet the second Friday each month (Sept – May) from 1pm to 2pm at the Chicago Ridge Public Library for various educational presentations and some time for families to visit afterwards.

Beacon
Elk Grove Village Public Library
Website: Beacon Homeschool

Beacon is a Christian support group for parents who home educate their children.  They meet the fourth Tuesday evening of each month during the school year.  Their membership is open to any home schooling family for support.  The goals of Beacon are to offer opportunities for fellowship, encouragement, field trips, workshops, and resources for their members’ benefit.  You are welcome to join them at one of their monthly meetings.

Evanston Home Educators
Evanston, IL
Email: eheinfo@comcast.net
Website: http://www.e-h-e.org

Evanston Home Educators provides support, ideas, information and opportunities for group classes and field trips for homeschooling families in the Evanston Area. As a member of the umbrella group Illinois H.O.U.S.E. (Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience), our group is non-sectarian, and members have many different approaches to and reasons for homeschooling.

Families in Action Together (F.I.A.T.)
Evanston, IL 60204
Website: http://familiesinactiontogether.com

A Catholic homeschool support group that serves the Joliet and Plainfield areas in Illinois. F.I.A.T. provides opportunities for faith, fellowship, and education for the whole family. We seek to encourage one another as we strive to give our children the formation that they need to become mature disciples of Christ.

Westside H.O.U.S.E.
Forest Park, IL
Website: http://www.housewestside.org

We plan activities and field trips based on the group’s interests. Our membership is active in organizing clubs, special events and regularly scheduled activities. We each contribute our time based on our abilities and interest. As a non-sectarian group of homeschoolers, our membership comes from a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds.

Grassroots Homeschoolers
Matteson, IL (south suburbs)
Phone: Laura Graham (708) 672-5229
Email: Arlene Olson wdisneyw5@aol.com
Website: http://grassrootshomeschoolers.com

We meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 11:30 until 2:30 in Matteson at St. Paul’s Church Fellowship Hall. There is always a theme or program for the kids. The children have many chances throughout the year to present projects on various topics. We have a 4-H club and other clubs when we have volunteers to run them. We have a formal graduation and awards night every June and all the children get certificates for their participation or presentation in activities and events. We have many planned field trip opportunities.

The cost is $60.00 per year and there are installment or fundraising options to pay after the initial $20.00

Homeschool-Illinois
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Email: Nikki Mackovitch earthstorm@comcast.net
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschool-Illinois/

Homeschool-Illinois is an online support group for the discussion of topics related to homeschooling in Illinois and surrounding states. Posting of events, organizations and homeschool websites is welcome.

CHESS of Illinois
South Holland, IL
Phone: (708) 446-6861
Email: Steve & Sandi Grutzius at info@CHESShomeschool.org
Website: www.CHESShomeschool.org

Meets in three chapters in South Holland and New Lenox. They are a Christian Homeschool Support Group for the whole Family.  They have about 150 families involved with a field trip co-op, Science Fairs, Goegraphy Fairs, Fine Arts Night, and advanced enrichment classes for high-school aged homeschoolers.  They have a large cap and gown graduation ceremony for 8th and 12th graders.

DeKalb

DeKalb County Home Educators
DeKalb, IL 60115
Website: http://www.meetup.com/DeKalbCountyHomeEducators/
Contact: Patty Ruback

DeKalb County Home Educators is a secular group of home educating families in the DeKalb County area. This group is for families to connect, share information, and organize fun activities.

They welcome families who are home educating their children either part or full time.  For the safety of group members, they ask you to attend one public event before being allowed full access to their message boards.

If you know of any other groups for DeKalb, please let us know by using the Submit Information page.

DuPage

TEACH (Tri-county Eclectic And Creative Homeschoolers of Illinois)
Streamwood, IL
Email: TEACHhomeschoolgroup@gmail.com
Website: http://teachhomeschoolgroup.blogspot.com/

We are an all inclusive, private home schooling group whose families reside in Chicago’s Northwest Suburban area including: Northwest Cook County, Northwest DuPage County and Northern Kane County. Presently we are a group of 25 families whose children’s ages range from infant-17 years old. For those looking for a group with teens: We have an active group of teenagers who consistently participate in the scheduled activities.

Many Rivers Unschoolers
Naperville, Aurora, Joliet and surrounding communities
Email: manyriversunschoolers@gmail.com
Website: http://www.manyriversunschoolers.org

An inclusive homeschooling support group of families from Will, DuPage, and surrounding counties of Chicago, Illinois. Our weekly meetings provide space for unstructured play and socializing, as well as many diverse activities, classes, and club meetings. We also participate in field trips and outside classes.

Teaching Homes for Christ
P.O. Box 113, West Chicago, IL 60186
Email: info@teachinghomes.org
Website: http://www.teachinghomes.org

Teaching Homes for Christ (THC) is a gathering of homeschoolers for the purpose of sharing support and encouragement, obtaining speakers, providing a library, and offering activities for families and students alike. We are an autonomous, all-volunteer organization, but we are affiliated with Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE) and ascribe to their general evangelical statement of faith.

C.H.O.I.C.E. Homeschooling
P.O. Box 425, Wheaton IL 60189
Email: info@choicehomeschooling.org
Website: http://www.choicehomeschooling.org/

Meets Monday evenings each month, September through May. Offers speakers, support, and book sale event.

Kane

Fox Vally Home Educators
Elgin, IL
Phone: 847-741-1190
Email: leighlum@foxvalley.net

FVHE is a Christian homeschool support group based in the Elgin area. They offer field trips, themed expo twice a year, meetings for parents and group social times, Christmas party and an extensive library.


No Place Like Home
St. Charles
, IL
Website:
http://nplheducation.blogspot.com/
Email: NPLHgroup@gmail.com

NPLH is a Christian support group for moms who home educate their children.  They meet monthly during the school year for encouragement and fellowship with speakers and discussions.  In between the meetings, they communicate about special events, activities, and member related prayer requests via email.

Positive Connections
St. Charles, IL
Website: http://www.meetup.com/Positive-Connections-Homeschoolers/
The primary mission of Positive Connections is to support the unique intellectual, emotional and social needs of homeschooling families with gifted and twice exceptional children from pre-school through high school, though we welcome people of all abilities who strive for individualized learning.

This inspiring group exists due to the initiative, dedication and generosity of its active and committed members. You may join them if you wish to frequently attend member-organized field trips, cooperative learning opportunities, book discussions, seasonal parties, Mom’s nights, service projects, family events, and more!

CHARIS: Christian Homeschool Advocacy, Resources, Inspiration & Support
Village Bible Church
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Email: leaders@mycharis.org
Website: http://mycharis.org/MYCHARIS/Home.html

Meeting the needs of the growing homeschool community, CHARIS has broadened its outreach beyond Kane County to provide increasing support to Christian parents who have chosen to educate their children at home as an alternative to public or other private schools (the State of Illinois recognizes homeschools as private schools). There are many membership benefits to CHARIS families, including support group meetings, an active parent-led co-op, graduation, and family activities.

TEACH (Tri-county Eclectic And Creative Homeschoolers of Illinois)
Northwest suburbs
Email: TEACHhomeschoolgroup@gmail.com
Website:  www.teachhomeschoolgroup.blogspot.com

We are an all inclusive, private home schooling group whose families reside in Chicago’s Northwest Suburban area including: Northwest Cook County, Northwest DuPage County and Northern Kane County. Presently we are a group of 25 families whose children’s ages range from infant-17 years old. For those looking for a group with teens: We have an active group of teenagers who consistently participate in the scheduled activities.

Many Rivers Unschoolers
Naperville, Aurora, Joliet and surrounding communities
Email: manyriversunschoolers@gmail.com
Website: http://www.manyriversunschoolers.org

An inclusive homeschooling support group of families from Will, DuPage, and surrounding counties of Chicago, Illinois. Our weekly meetings provide space for unstructured play and socializing, as well as many diverse activities, classes, and club meetings. We also participate in field trips and outside classes.

Kendall

Many Rivers Unschoolers
Naperville, Aurora, Joliet and surrounding communities
Email: manyriversunschoolers@gmail.com
Website: http://www.manyriversunschoolers.org

An inclusive homeschooling support group of families from Will, DuPage, and surrounding counties of Chicago, Illinois. Our weekly meetings provide space for unstructured play and socializing, as well as many diverse activities, classes, and club meetings. We also participate in field trips and outside classes.

Bright Eyed Learners
Plainfield, Joliet and surrounding communities
Website: http://www.meetup.com/Bright-Eyed-Learners/

This group is for those already homeschooling or curious about homeschooling young children from preK to about 3rd grade in the Plainfield/Joliet area. While the activities for the group are designed for early learners, older siblings are always welcome to attend. They provide unstructured social activity (park days and play dates) and field trips as well as some group learning activities. They also schedule occasional moms’ nights, parents’ date nights and family activity days. Their purpose is to make lasting friendships for homeschoolers with people who are sharing this homeschooling journey!

EVERYONE is welcome regardless of educational methods, religion or special educational needs. They are based in Plainfield and most activities will be in the Plainfield/Joliet area, but there may be travel for field trips. For the safety of members, only requests that answer all the membership questions will be accepted.  All new members must attend a public meetup prior to attending a meetup at someone’s home.

Lake

Lake County HOUSE
Lake County, IL
E-mail: Brigid Dutton  bkdutton3@comcast.net
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lhouse

Their mission is to provide non-sectarian and non-political support and information for homeschooling families, as well as providing socialization and shared educational opportunities for their children. Lake County H.O.U.S.E. provides many clubs and field trip experiences organized by and for its members and others in the homeschool community, as well as a lively dialogue concerning homeschool interests and educational opportunities in the Lake County and Chicagoland areas. New members are always welcome.

McHenry

ARK Resource, Ministry & Learning Center
PO Box 425 Harvard, IL 60033
Phone: (815) 258-6821
E-mail: Laura Straus info@arkhome.org
Website: http://www.arkhome.org/Home_Page.php

The ARK offers: Home-School Family Support & Dedicated Resource Center, after school enrichment, activities, ministries & social events, play & meeting space, and academic support. Also available: academic enrichment workshops, special needs, evaluations & assessments, IEP’s, curriculum coaching & design for needs of student, individual or group tutoring, and parent workshops.

Will

Christian Home Educating Families (CHEF)
Crete, IL 60417
Phone: (708) 672-5158
Email: Carl Triebold ctriebold@aol.com

Monthly meetings, newsletter, field trips, speakers.

Potters Hand Home School Group
Joliet/New Lenox, IL
Email: Lorri W. pottershand@prodigy.net
Website: http://www.pottershandhomeschool.com

Offers monthly Activity Days, providing three different classes for kindergarten through 12th grade students. These classes vary and could include classes such as gym, meteorology, reptiles, cooking, occupational info, and professional “assembly-style” programs. There will also be an occasional “Theme Day”. These classes vary from month-to-month and are held on the second Friday of each month from 9 AM until noon. Pre-schoolers have their own class with fun, educational activities.

Homeschool Resource Center
Monee, IL 6049
Phone: (708) 235-1901
E-mail: Brian and Kristi Boss kristi.boss@fofc.org , hsrc@homediscipleship.org
Website: http://www.fofchomeschool.org

The Homeschool Resource Center exists to provide information, encouragement, fellowship, and resources to Christian homeschooling families. The Center also hosts periodic events that support homeschooling and home discipleship.

Many Rivers Unschoolers
Naperville, Aurora, Joliet and surrounding communities
Email: manyriversunschoolers@gmail.com
Website: http://www.manyriversunschoolers.org

An inclusive homeschooling support group of families from Will,  DuPage, and surrounding counties of Chicago, Illinois. Our weekly meetings provide space for unstructured play and socializing, as well as many diverse activities, classes, and club meetings. We also participate in field trips and outside classes.

Plainfield Homeschool Group
Plainfield area
Contact: Suzanne
Email: slw4@earthlink.net

Plainfield Homeschool Group has over 100 member families with children from preschool through high school. We welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds. We have a number of annual field trips and events, as well as a variety of other activities as planned and implemented by member families. We try to keep field trips either free of charge or at nominal cost. We do not have any dues or membership requirements; we communicate mainly through emails. Member families are encouraged to pitch in and organize field trips or other activities; we then send out an email to our membership inviting families to participate.

CHIPS Illinois
Plainfield, IL
Phone: (630) 957-8341
E-mail: Chementine Calleja newhere6303@yahoo.com
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CHIPS_Illinois/

Winnebago

Christian Home Educators of Rockford
Rockford, IL 61103
Email: homeschoolrockford@sbcglobal.net

A support group for homeschool moms. We have a lending library, a monthly newsletter and meetings.

CHIPS_Illinois (Chicagoland Homeschoolers Inclusive Play & Support)
is an inclusive, secular group for all types of homeschooling families. Whether you’re unschooling, using a more relaxed, eclectic approach or employing an educational program like Montessori or Waldorf, you’ll feel welcome at CHIPS. Our goal is to provide opportunities for social interaction and creative play for our children as well as a place for parents of different homeschool philosophies to meet and interact. Our only request is that we respect each others philosophical and religious differences.

Happy Hearts Homeschoolers
Rockford, IL
Email: HappyHeartsHomeschoolers@yahoo.com
Website: www.Meetup.com/Happy-Hearts-Homeschoolers

Happy Hearts Homeschoolers is a support and play group for families who are homeschooling K-5th grade.

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  1. June 4th, 2009 at 01:03 | #1

    Hi Erin,
    Nice to visit your site. Thank you for the link. :o ) I was wondering what I needed to do in order to get our support group listed here. Look forward to hearing from you.

  2. admin
    June 6th, 2009 at 21:44 | #2

    Gail, I would love to list your group here! All you need to do is send me an email, or use the submit info page and let me know what info you want posted and I’ll get it added on asap.

    Thanks!
    Erin

  3. June 7th, 2009 at 16:13 | #3

    Hello Erin,
    You currently have the following as our website:

    http://www.teachtri-countyeclecticandcreativehomeschoolers.org/

    But our new address is:

    http://teachhomeschoolgroup.blogspot.com/

    Would you please update this on our group information. Thanks Cathy from TEACH in cook county

  4. March 7th, 2011 at 16:53 | #4

    I was looking at your listing for support groups. I am on the Board for ICHE. I just wanted to let you know that CHEC does not exist anymore. We have now assimilated that with ICHE as the Legislative Task Force. We have a Legislative Day on April 27.

    Also, my husband and I are the directors of CHESS (Christian Home Educators of the South Suburbs) with chapters in South Holland and New Lenox. We are a Christian Homeschool Support Group for the whole Family. We have about 150 families involved with a field trip co-op, Science Fairs, Goegraphy Fairs, Fine Arts Night, and advanced enrichment classes for highschool age homeschoolers. We have a large cap and gown graduation ceremony for 8th and 12th graders. Our website is http://www.CHESShomeschool.org with an informational e-mail of info@CHESShomeschool.org Our contact phone number has changed from (708) 873-0015 to (708) 446-6861 Thank you for updating our listing on your website.

  5. Amy Frank
    May 27th, 2011 at 11:26 | #5

    Wanting to know if any of you homeschoolers near Chicago would like to write to me so I get an idea of homeschooling in Chicagoland. I presently homeschool in New Mexico and may locate to the area. My son has been homeschooled since preschool age and is now 10 years old. We are Liberal Catholics and so would love to be with other Christians. Blessings

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