6 Drop In Chicago Daycares for Back Up

3/17/2016 11:37:50 AM
6 Drop In Chicago Daycares for Back Up - KidTrail Pick
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It is inevitable that a day comes that your regular daycare, child care or nanny arrangements fall through. Or you may simply need a day to run errands or to recharge. Many back up care programs are employer sponsored provided as a benefit to their employees. These programs are great but not all companies offer it.  Listed below are 6 licensed Chicago daycares that provide drop in or emergency child care to the community, does not need to be employer sponsored! These options are a supplement to your current child care arrangement. How great is that? 

Bright Horizons at River East
Neighborhood: River East
325 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
312-527-3573

What: Drop in care available to those in the community, you do not need an employer account to use drop in care.  You must complete the Bright Horizons enrollment form which is good for the year.  A new enrollment form must be completed each year. 

Cost Per Day: $129 for infant and toddler, $124 for age 2, $118 for age 3 – 5. 

Bright Horizons at the Atrium
Neighborhood: Old Town
300 West Hill St.
Chicago, IL 60610
312-266-2020

What: Drop in care available to those in the community, you do not need an employer account to use drop in care.  You must complete the Bright Horizons enrollment form which is good for the year.  A new enrollment form must be completed each year. 

Cost Per Day: $129 for infant and toddler, $124 for age 2, $118 for age 3 – 5. 

The Nook Daycare
Neighborhood: Bucktown
2151 W. Armitage
Chicago, IL 60647
872-802-3833

What: The Nook is an infant/toddler daycare and preschool in the Bucktown neighborhood in Chicago. If you are in need of back up daycare, the Nook has you covered.  Your child’s enrollment form must be completed and on file before you can sign up for backup care.

You can reserve your backup care directly online at:


In online booking, you can view available slots by day, book and pay instantly.  It works on mobile too. Half day slots are available, just enter the word “half” on the coupon code and specify which half day you prefer, and pay only half the price!

Cost Per Full Day: 
Infants: $109 / Day (Ages 6 weeks to 10 months)
Toddlers: $103 / Day (Ages 18 mo. to 26 mo.)
Wobblers: $109 / Day (Ages 10 mo. to 18 mo.)
Tikes: $97 / Day (Ages 26 mo. to 36 mo.)

Kaleido Kids Daycare
Neighborhood: Bucktown
2157 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60647
773-661-1026

What: Kaleidokids is a full-service child care center & preschool located in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Kaleidokids provides child care for kids 6 weeks through 6 years of age. 

You must register with the center with all proper paperwork on file before you can start using the drop in care service. You can make reservations via their online calendar. Drop in care is scheduled for a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 5 hours. 

Cost: More info coming soon.

Kids & Company Chicago – West Loop
Neighborhood: West Loop
1313 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607
312-226-4540

What: The flagship location of Kids & Company in West Loop spans nearly 13,000 square feet and hosts 10 classrooms for children ranging from six weeks through six years.

Cost per Day: Drop in child care is available for $80 per day.  Yearly registration fee is $150.

Kids & Company Chicago – South Loop
Neighborhood: South Loop
1255 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
312-360-1640

What: This location is located in the heart of South Loop neighborhood at State and Roosevelt, serving children ranging from six weeks through six year.

Cost per Day: Drop in child care is available for $80 per day.  Yearly registration fee is $150.

Photo Credit: Bright Horizons

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