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Lindsey Danhauser & Allison Durkee

Lindsey Danhauser & Allison Durkee, Kidcreate Studio - Chicago (Lakeview), (Oak Park)

Allison spent 12 years in a fulfilling corporate career, but she always dreamed of owning a business. After much research, she came across the Kidcreate franchise. She couldn't pass up the opportunity to get in touch with her creative side while making a difference in kids' lives.

Lindsey worked in community art for over a decade. After graduating from the College of Visual Arts with a BFA and St. Mary's University with a MA in arts and cultural management, she worked in a few different galleries and art centers before deciding her passion was in community art and bringing high quality art education to kids and families. After working with the Eden Prairie Kidcreate Studio for almost 10 years she and her partner Allison decided it was time to open their own studio in Chicago.

Allison and Lindsey welcome you and your children to visit the studio, put on an apron and create. After all, making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

Lindsey Danhauser & Allison Durkee, Kidcreate Studio - Chicago (Lakeview), (Oak Park)

How our story
began

Once upon a time,
There was a kindergartner who was frustrated by spelling, but loved art!
So it began...

Founder, Lara Olson, started Kidcreate Studio after being discouraged by the limited art exposure her son was receiving at school. In art class, he found tremendous joy in the creative process and none of the frustrations he was experiencing in some of his other classes.

Lara understood this. She too gravitated toward art as a child. Lara believed in the power of art to teach, inspire and build self-esteem. She also understood that art makes learning fun and a fun learning environment was exactly what her son needed. Lara started a quest for art classes for her son. She searched in vain for an art studio designed just for kids that combined quality art education with a fun kid-friendly environment. Finding nothing that met her requirements, she decided to create it!

Lara understood this. She too gravitated toward art as a child. Lara believed in the power of art to teach, inspire and build self-esteem. She also understood that art makes learning fun and a fun learning environment was exactly what her son needed. Lara started a quest for art classes for her son. She searched in vain for art classes designed just for kids that combined quality art education with a fun kid-friendly environment. Finding nothing that met her requirements, she decided to create it!

Kidcreate Studio was born!

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Portrait of Lara, drawn by her 9 year old daughter

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My granddaughters (6 and 3) love this place! I'm really impressed with the creative programming. Date night and drop in classes allow parents to give their kids some opportunities to create and learn while their parents can enjoy a few hours personal time. This is the perfect solution for birthday parties, both on ...
— Dennis S., Posted May 15th 2019 on yelp
My daughters (3 and 6) had so much fun taking the Glow Art class at Kidcreate.  Lindsey and Allison had them engaged the whole class, creating their art and then working on other projects, like shaving cream painting and making books with oil pastels.  The space is so bright and cheery.  They loved seeing the clay a...
— Amanda S., Posted April 17th 2019 on yelp
The Lakeview community is so lucky to have Kidcreate! This wonderful studio offers fun, enriching and creative classes. My kids LOVE coming to learn, play, and express themselves artistically. The teachers and owners are so great with kids and passionate about the arts. I can't wait to try out camps this summer and...
— Tina M., Posted April 17th 2019 on yelp

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