The Chicago Experience

A world-class city, minutes from Elmhurst College.

At Elmhurst, you’ll find a world of opportunities to explore. Our gorgeous campus is a green oasis in the heart of a safe, beautiful suburb—but it’s also just 16 miles from downtown Chicago, one of the world’s great cities. Here are the top 10 reasons why our students love our location.

No. 1: You’ll have unlimited internship options.

The Chicago region is the Midwest’s capital of industry, finance, arts and culture, and scientific discovery. From WGN and Soldier Field to Argonne National Laboratory and Morgan Stanley, internship opportunities in the Chicago area are plentiful and varied. As an intern, you’ll develop skills, explore careers, make connections—and maybe even land the full-time job of your dreams.

No. 2: You’ll make excellent professional connections.

We have strong connections with Chicago-area businesses, hospitals, schools and other organizations, giving you plenty of opportunities to develop connections of your own. For instance, you might shadow a professional in your field of interest, giving you a chance to see what that profession is really like, or connect with a mentor—a professional in your field who will share insights and wisdom with you.

No. 3: You’ll meet people from all over the world.

On campus, you’ll find smart, enthusiastic students from many states and countries, and from every religious, racial and ethnic background. In Chicago, you’ll find an array of eclectic neighborhoods reflecting a kaleidoscope of global languages and cultures. Albany Park on the city’s Northwest Side, for example, is home to people from Mexico, the Philippines, India, Korea, Vietnam, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Romania, Pakistan and the Middle East. West Rogers Park boasts restaurants serving Indian, Pakistani, Russian, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian and kosher food—side by side. Then there’s Greektown, Little Italy, Chinatown and a lot more.

No. 4: World-class culture is just around the corner.

Art, music, dance, theatre—Chicago has it all. Visitors come from across the world to visit major cultural institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Shedd Aquarium. The city is home to more than 45 museums and more than 120 theater companies, where you can see everything from Broadway musicals to cutting-edge performance art. Closer to home, the College boasts its own world-class collection of Chicago Imagist art, and the Elmhurst Art Museum is only two blocks from campus.

No. 5: There’s plenty to do in downtown Elmhurst.

You can catch a first-run movie at the nine-screen theater just a few blocks from campus. Opened in 1924, the York Theatre is a cool Art Deco landmark in the heart of downtown Elmhurst. Other entertainment options include bowling and live music at Fitz’s Spare Keys, plus college-town staples like Starbucks, Subway, Chipotle, Cold Stone Creamery and Lou Malnati’s deep-dish pizza. As the Princeton Review put it, “Downtown Elmhurst has almost everything a college student could need.”

No. 6: Chicago is the music capital of the world.

Summer in the city is vibrant, as rock and indie music festivals like Lollapalooza and Pitchfork draw crowds from all over the world, and the Jazz and Blues Fests offer free music in the heart of the city. Throughout the year, Chicago clubs host the top names in every genre, from to Buddy Guy’s Legends and the Green Mill, a favorite of Al Capone, to the Empty Bottle, the Vic, Metro and the historic Aragon Ballroom.

No. 7: You can immerse yourself in the great outdoors.

The Elmhurst campus is an arboretum, with more than 120 varieties of trees and shrubs. Nearby is the Morton Arboretum, a 1,700-acre oasis of greenery, and 100-plus miles of hiking trails through leafy forest preserves. In Chicago you’ll find bike trails, sparkling beaches and one of the world’s best park systems. In Millennium Park, the city’s newest and most dynamic lakefront green space, you can enjoy outdoor concerts like Lollapalooza or splash around in the quirky Crown Fountain.

No. 8: The shopping is world class.

The Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago is one of the world’s great shopping destinations, boasting major retailers like Nordstrom and Abercrombie as well as independent boutiques. Closer to campus, Oakbrook Center offers five major department stores and more than 150 upscale shops and restaurants. For food lovers, Chicago lays claim to an array of regional specialties, including deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, the Maxwell Street Polish (a kielbasa on a roll topped with grilled onions and yellow mustard) and the Italian beef sandwich. For a crash course in Chicago cuisine, head to Portillo’s just a few blocks from campus.

No. 9: For sports fans, we’ve got it all.

No matter what sport you follow, Chicago’s got you covered. In baseball, Chicago is home to the White Sox and the Cubs, whose 2016 World Series victory was a dream come true for generations of fans. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015. The Bears play football at Chicago’s iconic Soldier Field, and the Bulls bring the town together at the United Center. The city also hosts the Chicago Sky WNBA team and the Chicago Fire soccer team.

No. 10: The whole world is a train ride away.

You can get on a Metra train two blocks from campus and be in downtown Chicago 30 minutes later. As one student said recently, “You can take a walk on Navy Pier, go ice skating, see a museum or participate in an academic conference. The opportunities here are limitless.”

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