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Meet The Owners
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

Read Our Rave Reviews

An absolutely wonderful birthday party experience for our 6 year old! Her and her friends had so much fun with the wonderful staff at Kidcreate! Together, they created Fairy Gardens using paint, clay, glitter, and paper
— F Sun, Posted October 11th 2021 on google
My seven year old had a blast at her birthday party and the kids loved the project and gift cups! The studio was very accommodating.
— Jeanette Murphy, Posted September 19th 2021 on google
I held my daughter's birthday party at this location and the girls had fun! The staff was nice and patient with the kids, and the final project that they created was unique and fun to do. The facility was also clean and organized. I would bring my kids here again. Thank you!
— Magda F, Posted May 24th 2021 on google
Allison and Lindsey go above and beyond to make programming at KidCreate fun, engaging and creative for kiddos. They’re always dreaming up new ideas and it’s so fun to see what they’ll do next. You’re in great hands at KidCreate!
— Log into Facebook | Facebook, Posted March 15th 2020 on facebook
My Grandkids were visiting and they LOVED IT. I'd highly recommend this school
— Sherry Asper, Posted August 21st 2019 on google
Kids loved the Harry Potter themed camp week. Staff is great and facility well equipped.
— Ravi Srivastava, Posted July 19th 2019 on google

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