Surrounded by beauty, Chestnut Hill has something for everyone from cultural and recreational activities to restaurants and cafes.
Chestnut Hill is one of the most vibrant communities in the country. It features unique organizations that work to keep the neighborhood beautiful, sustainable and fun. The community has many highly-ranked educational options and a variety of social clubs.
Social & Recreational Clubs and Service Organizations
There are many ways to get involved in the community socially, recreationally or by volunteering. Chestnut Hill is home to a number of established social clubs including the Philadelphia Cricket Club, founded in 1854, as well as the 1925 Venetian Club and the Chestnut Hill Bocce Club. The Wissahickon Skating Club is a great spot for family recreation. Many organizations seek volunteers such as the Friends of the Wissahickon, which strives to help keep our nearby parks beautiful. Another wonderful organization is Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels who delivers meals to those in need, making a difference in everyday life. Become a working member at Weaver’s Way and develop relationships with the community to help make the Co-op a better place. Donate your time to a local Philabundance agency and help fight hunger by distributing food to those in need. The Friends organization, which is part of the Chestnut Hill Branch of the Philadelphia Public Library seeks volunteers at the library as well the recently opened, “Hilltop Books,” a used bookstore in the neighborhood. There are so many ways to get connected within the community and make a difference right within your own neighborhood.
Arts and Theatre
Chestnut Hill and the surrounding area has some great options for live entertainment and artistic expression. In the heart of the village you will find the Stagecrafters Theater, a non-profit theater with a history dating back over 90 years. They produce five shows per season with a variety of styles from classics to edgy contemporary plays. Close by in Mt. Airy is Quintessence Theatre, a professional theatre that focuses on putting a spin on classics to find relevancy in the contemporary world. The Allens Lane Art Center is another excellent place to get involved in the arts. They offer art classes for children and adults, art exhibitions and innovative mainstage plays. Get involved in the performing arts right in your own neighborhood by becoming an audience member, volunteering, taking classes or audition to be in a show.
Schools and Daycares
Chestnut Hill is well-known as having a high concentration of highly-ranked educational options for all ages. If you’re just starting your child in school or day care you’ll find plenty of opportunities whether church-run or in-school. There are a variety of top-notch public or private schools to choose from, such as the highly considered public school at Jenks Academy (K-8) or the excellent private schools such as Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (PreK-12), Norwood-Fontonne Academy (Pre-K-8) or The Crefeld School (7-12). In the heart of our town we have our very own liberal arts college at historic Chestnut Hill College as well as many other nearby options such as Arcadia University, both offering adult education programs.