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The City Life: Chicago

Our campus is located 40 miles northwest of the beautiful Windy City of Chicago. Students will often take the Metra train (which is located very close to our campus) into the city. It has been said to be one of the most culturally diverse and fun cities in America. Although we cannot list all the things you can do at Chicago, here are ten of the top favorites of our students.


Navy Pier

The Navy Pier has been a Chicago landmark since it opened in 1916. It now showcases a unique collection of restaurants, shops and plenty of entertainment. At Navy Pier you'll find the Chicago Children's Museum, an IMAX theater, Crystal Gardens (an indoor botanical park), the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows.

Willis Tower

Best view of Chicago from one of the world's tallest buildings. The Willis Tower Skydeck offers FREE touch and tells computers featuring Chicago’s landmarks in six languages.

Millennium Park

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago. Today, with its unprecedented combination of architecture, monumental sculpture and landscape design, the 24.5 acre Millennium Park has become the crowning achievement for Chicago in the tradition of its original founders.

The Magnificent Mile

Offers 460 stores in eight city blocks. Beyond the Chicago favorites like American Girl, Crate & Barrel and Niketown, choose from delectable restaurants, unique shops and several museums and galleries to round out your day on the mile.

The Field Museum

Discover Sue, the largest and most complete T-Rex ever found! At The Field Museum, you can get a bug's-eye view in Underground Adventure, descend into an Egyptian tomb, watch a glowing lava flow, be dazzled by sparkling gems, come nose-to-nose with the man-eating lions of Tsavo, and learn about the worlds cultures and environments.

Shedd Aquarium

Beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, the facility houses nearly 22,000 aquatic animals representing some 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the world.

The Cuisine

Eating at Ed Debevic's is a Chicago tradition but it’s not the only restaurant you should check out. Whether you are looking for American, Thai, Italian, Chinese, or Mediterranean you’ve got plenty of options. Take a walk down Michigan Avenue or find your way to China Town or Little Italy. Whatever you choose you won’t be disappointed.

Chicago Sports Teams

Whether you enjoy football, baseball, basketball or soccer you will have a Chicago team to cheer on. Come out and see the Chicago Bears play at Soldier Field, the Chicago Bulls at the United Center, the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park, the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field or the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 as both a museum and school, first stood on the southwest corner of State and Monroe Streets. The collection now encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world, and the school's graduate program is continually ranked as one of the best in the country.

Boat Cruises

Tour Chicago's world-renowned architecture aboard the Architectural River cruise or experience Chicago's rich history on the Historical Lake & River cruise. Boat tours depart daily from River East Plaza, a short walk from Navy Pier.

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