Chicago Swim School in Arlington Heights–Chicago Northwest Suburbs/Mom Around Town

Welcome to our Mom Around Town feature!   We included interview and sample art work from my own twins on the last post from Monart Drawing Studio in Arlington Heights.   Today I am sharing about my visit to Chicago Swim School, also in Arlington Heights.

Since many of the business owners I will be interviewing work directly with children and expecting parents, I think it is important to get to know them well. Our Mom Around Town feature will help you do that! Make sure you check out our other Mom Around Town posts!



Business: Chicago Swim School, 2020 E. Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights, IL  

Contact:  OR 847.870.7946


Chicago Swim School can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Google + , Pinterest and YouTube

Chicago Swim School provides water safety and swimming lessons for children ages 4 months through 12 years old.   “At Chicago Swim School, we are dedicated to preventing drowning by teaching children and their families to be safer around all types of water. Every progression step has a specific safety skill built in from our StarBaby program thru our most advanced technique level. Additional steps are included to educate parents on practices to create a safer swim experience for their whole family,” as stated on their website.

Their Starbaby Beginner level introduces parents and students between the ages of 4 months and 3 years old to the basics of swimming and water safety. Skills are taught in a fun way with songs and games! All of the families that are new to the Starbaby Program start in this beginner level where they take extra time to explain child holding positions, cues, and skill progressions.  I had the privilege to peek in a Starbaby class and both the parents and babies were having a lot of fun.  I loved how the instructor had a toy baby doll to show the parents what to do with their own baby.  The kids were smiling, splashing, giggling and having fun!

The rest of the swim classes at Chicago Swim School are categorized by color; white, red, yellow, blue, green, purple and black.   The classes take place on weekday mornings and evenings as well as on Saturdays.   You can view the schedule on their website and choose a time that is convenient for you.   Chicago Swim School offers both private and group lessons.  The group lessons are very small in size though with only 4 children per class.  The private lessons are typically used for students with special needs or other situations where they might not be safe or fully engaged in the group.   Besides swimming lessons and swim safety, Chicago Swim School does schedule birthday parties that are 2 hours (with swim time and party room time) and has a whole bunch of fun things included.  There are also additional items you can add to your party such as food and goody bags.

The swim table is open and free to any babies/toddlers and their caregivers or parents- you do not have to be enrolled in their swimming lesson program to participate. It is open on Wednesdays from 9:30am-11:00pm. 
In fact, a moms group was there together that morning I was there. Little ones and moms really seemed to enjoy it! 

I asked Chicago Swim School a few questions at our visit and this is what they had to say!

Erika:  What is one thing you would tell new parents about swim safety?
Chicago Swim School:  Start early! Create rules around swim safety that you can fold into your family ‘rules’. For example, teach to always ‘ask’ if you can go near the water (if it’s a pool, a bathtub- anything. The sooner you educate this rule, the sooner it becomes automatic for your children), another one is – always have a ‘watcher’ when you are near a body of water: a designated person that is solely responsible for watching your kids. This sounds basic, but it in the busy lives we lead, these crucial rules can be lost unless you make it a priority- and  the sooner you create a foundation, the safer your family is.

Erika:  What sets you apart from other swim schools in the area?

Chicago Swim School:  We really focus on building a foundation around water safety. We teach swimming through stressing responsibility, accountability and that builds confidence, in the water and outside of the water. We stress starting this early in life builds a foundation for your child and it’s incorporated into your family
Erika:  Do you have any events or promotions you would like to share coming up this year?

Chicago Swim School:  We just did Arlington Heights Trunk or Treat (GREAT event!) We will be decorating a community Christmas tree at Brookfield Zoo that will be sponsored by Chicago Swim School. We are really excited about partnering with some different Moms Groups in the area to educate families/mom on Water Safety, which we are really, really excited about.

Here are some other photos I took at Chicago Swim School during my visit!   I love how clean and child-friendly their front lobby/waiting area is!  There is coffee set out for the adults and a child play area as well.



Chicago Swim School opens their registration up on November 17th, so make sure you check out all of the great classes they offer!   Remember to check them out at


Momma’s Boys–Fall Mini Sessions Children Photography Palatine Illinois

Even though this year has had some crazy weather, I’m excited that we are still getting quite busy for the fall portraits!  In fact, we are almost booked up for outdoor portraits for the year.  Indoor portraits will be limited.

Just Peachy Photography had our fall portraits mini sessions starting at the end of September.  Luckily the weather cooperated with nice comfortable temperatures, the leaves were starting to fall which gave us some colors and the fall look.  The families that came out were wonderful and the children were so easy to capture!  I love all of the hugging, kissing, playing and other fun things we did!  It is truly a fun experience and even though the mini sessions are a little hard because they are shorter, I still think all of the families will be very happy with the results from their sessions!

Here are a few favorites of mine from one of the sessions (although as always it was very hard to choose)!   These boys LOVE their Momma!

Up, Up and Away–Outdoor Cake Smash Session in Palatine Illinois

It is just that time of year that it is so hard to plan a session for the younger ones due to the weather.  The temperature is 80 degrees one minute and 45 degrees the next.  Luckily with some strategic planning, we made it work and were able to get some family images with her hot air balloon themed images and then also found a perfect evening to do a cake smash with beautiful evening light!  Little A was all smiles with her cake and even though it took awhile to get into the job of really attacking it, by the end she had sat on the cake, had cake flying all over and was squealing and grinning from ear to ear!  I don’t think it could have been more of a success!

It was so fun to see A grow over the year and I truly can’t believe she is one already!  I was so honored to have photographed her every 3 months since she was born as well as photographed her Mom and Dad when they were expecting her!  I’m sure she will continue to change and grow over the next year and I hope to capture those changes as well!  Thank you S Family for allowing me be a part of yours and A’s life!

Now for my favorite part!  Some of my favorite images!  You can view more on our Facebook page but truly it was hard to pick with this session because I LOVED them all!

I bet you didn’t believe when I said it was hard to pick!  I had to share a lot of them!  If you would like to set up your own one year old cake smash session, contact us at or 847-302-1783

Halloween Portrait Mini Sessions 2014–Palatine, Illinois Children Photography

Our Halloween mini sessions are a lot of fun!  They are offered to children ages 4 months through 12 years old.   If you have another age in mind for these, just contact me.  The event will take place in Palatine on Saturday, October 18th.  This session will take place outdoors.  Details below.


Halloween Mini Sessions are taking place in Palatine, on Saturday, October 18th.  Information for the sessions are as follows. The price above includes one child but you may share the 3 edited images with another child or two.  Meaning, you will only get 3 edited images total unless you purchase another space.  The images are individual only.   If you have more than 3 children to participate, contact me for other details.    There are limited spaces!

In order to book your session, you must sign a portrait agreement, model release form and provide a $30 (plus 9% IL sales tax ) payment.  Your space is not officially booked until these 3 items have been received by Just Peachy Photography.  Digital images will be available by digital download and prints will be shipped (price includes shipping cost for the 2 prints only).

October 18th in Palatine —4  SPACES LEFT
Morning Times:  9:00am, 9:10am, 9:20am, 9:30am, 9:40am, 9:50am, 10:00am, 10:10am, 10:20am

Rain dates will be announced in cases of inclement weather. If you cannot make it to your session, you may get someone else to take your place. Deposits are nonrefundable but can be used as a credit for a future session with Just Peachy Photography.

In addition to the great savings above, participants will also receive a 25% discount on any other prints or custom products!

You may use the button below to make your payment online.  If you prefer to pay by personal check or credit card by phone, please contact us.  Please make sure your date and time is available above before you send your payment.  Once you have contacted us with your preferred date and time, I’ll email you the paperwork.  Thank you!

***No Just Peachy Photography “credits” can be used for this event until after the $30 payment has been received.