Chicago Center

English school in Chicago 

Our English school is located in the heart of Chicago, in the most popular district in the center of the city, the "LOOP". It is one of the most commercial areas, packed with shops, bars, restaurants and theatres, close to all the main public transport lines and parks located on Lake Michigan's commercial districts. 

It has comfortable classrooms, an excellent location and first class facilities, and includes an extensive library of self-study materials, computer room and a student lounge. In addition, every week the school organises many activities and excursions in and out of the city. 

School Facilities 

  • The Chicago school has 18 bright and fully equipped classrooms. 
  • A computer room with 15 computers, some with internet 
  • Wifi access
  • Library with books for studying and leisure 
  • A comfortable living room study and students equipped with refrigerator and microwave. It is the ideal place to relax and meet new friends

Characteristics

  • Internet doesn´t have  Internet
  • Library doesn´t have  Library
  • Computer room doesn´t have  Computer room
  • Cafe doesn´t have  Cafe
  • Tea or coffee machine doesn´t have  Tea or coffee machine
  • Garden doesn´t have  Garden
  • Wifi doesn´t have  Wifi
  • Student lounge doesn´t have  Student lounge
  • Prayer room doesn´t have  Prayer room
  • Kitchenette doesn´t have  Kitchenette
  • Support deparment for the students doesn´t have  Support deparment for the students

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Holidays

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Accreditations

The school is accredited by:

AAIP

ACETT

NAFSA

TESOL


Strongest Points

  • Chicago is a cosmopolitan and unique city with a lot of music culture and a sports environment

Study English in Chicago

Chicago, also known as the windy city and the second largest city (after New York), is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States and the world; more than 50 languages ​​are spoken. Just take a look at the annual calendar of ethnic parades and festivals to prove the multiculturality of the city. 

Its architecture is one of its strengths, as it mixes several architectural movements such as Art Deco with the wonder of the great skyscrapers. Like all cosmopolitan cities, Chicago offers an endless list of attractions and rich cultural life. 

The city is home to numerous universities: The University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University, the college Harry Truman, University of Chicago, Wilbur Wright College, Roosevelt University, the Illinois Institute of Technology and the John Marshall Law School ; it is also home to prestigious museums and libraries. 

Things to see and do in Chicago 

Culture 

  • Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art 
  • Visit the Adler Planetarium 
  • Visit The Brookfield Zoo 

Leisure 

  • Go to a basketball game for the Chicago Bulls 
  • Go to live music and entertainment events
  • Enjoy a show at the Broadway Theatre District 

Moving around Chicago - Public Transport 

If you learn how to use public transport in Chicago, you can move around the city for very little money. From 8am until 11pm there is a service, which includes buses, metros and trams. During the weekends and late at night it also runs but is less frequent. Travelling around the city by public transport is quick and safe. The subway, buses and suburban trains that travel through the suburbs and the "L" - a system of raised trains, are the public transport options to get around the city using CTA. In most stations of the CTA you can obtain a map. 
Buses operate at frequencies ranging between five and fifteen minutes. 
The single fare is $ 1.75. 
The ticket for a full day is $ 5; For two days: $ 9; For three days: $ 12; For five days: $ 18 

Things to do in Chicago

  • Adler Planetarium: In the centre of Chicago, there is the main Western hemisphere observatory which was opened in 1930. It is the only observatory in the world with 2 planetary projection theatres. 
  • Brookfield Zoo: Nearly 3,000 animals in over 200 acres, which you can travel by motorcycle for a "bike safari." 
  • Buckingham Fountain has 134 water sources in 85 m of Georgian marble, carries water up to 46m in height, making the Buckingham fountain one of the biggest and impressive in the world, and is one of the main attractions of the city of Chicago.
  • Sears Tower Skydeck is currently the tallest building in North America and in the third world. It is exactly 412 meters high.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo, this is the oldest zoo in the United States and is considered a leader in the conservation of wildlife. 
  • Navy Pier is the commercial center and most popular entertainment of all Chicago. It is easily accessible due to its excellent location 
  • The Shedd Aquarium is a renowned aquarium which houses 8,000 animals of 750 different species. It has several different settings, such as Amazon ecosystem, rocky shores of the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean corals, etc.. 
  • The Loop is the second U.S. business center, and is an area of tall buildings and there the main attractions for tourists are concentrated. It's the neighborhood where the school is located! 
  • The Magnificent Mile is an area of ​​Chicago, more specifically a wide boulevard with the most striking and important buildings in the city, many first-class restaurants where top brands have decided to install their big business. 
  • John Hancock observatory: This is the second tallest skyscraper in Chicago and 12th in the world. It has exactly 100 floors and features a restaurant at the top, and a viewpoint where you can see for 80 miles around, about 4 states. 

At night in Chicago

Neighbourhoods with the best nightlife are Loincoln Park, Gold Coast, Streeterville and Old Town (North Loop), Greek Town (west of the Loop) and new fashionable areas: River North, Wicker Park and Bucktown. Most bars close around 02.00 or 03.00 on Friday and Saturday nights, but the outside patios close at 23.00. The nightclubs open late and usually charge between $3 and $ 20 to enter, although at the weekend tickets are usually more expensive. The price of drinks varies according to where you are; a beer is usually around $ 4 and cocktails $8. 
The minimum drinking age is 21.


Chicago has many things to offer! Check out the local tourism website for more information: http://www.choosechicago.com/ 

 

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Standard English course

Class in the morning or afternoon

The morning timetable is from 08:45-12:00; The timetable in the afternoon is 14:15-17:30

For this course, Visa F1 is NOT required 

Perfect for

Ideal for those that want to have enough time for their studies and also enjoy their free time visiting the city and sightseeing.

Additional information

The English course has a minimum duration of 2 weeks with 3 hours of English classes per day, 5 days a week. The rest of the time is for other activities such as sightseeing, participating in social events at the school or staying with your new friends.

Characteristics

  • Course duration 2/12 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  20
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning or afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  15
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Semi intensive course

A combinaton of a Standard course of 20 lessons per week + 7 structured study sessions: these sessions will help you to reinforce what you have learnt and improve in areas that you need to practice the most, using books, language exercises online and interactive programmes. 

Class in the morning and in the afternoon 
F1 VISA is required

Perfect for

Ideal for those that want to make the most out of their stay, studying in the academy in the mornings and afternoons.

Additional information

The Semi-intensive English course focuses on 4 principal aspects of the language: reading, writing, listening and speaking. You will also learn vocabulary and grammar, how to speak in formal and informal discussions, interviews etc.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  27
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning or afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  15
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Super Intensive course

This course is a combination of a general course of 20 lessons + 8 lessons of specific skills (including vocabulary, culture etc) + 7 structured study sessions which will help you to reinforce what you have learnt and improve in areas that you need to practice the most, using books, language exercises online and interactive programmes. 

Class in the morning and in the afternoon 
F1 VISA is required

Perfect for

Ideal for those that want to make the most out of their stay, studying in the academy in the mornings and afternoons.

Additional information

The objective of this course is to reach fluency in English, learn grammar and vocabulary and use these in daily conversations.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  35
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  15
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Preparation course for TOEFL

The course combines 28 lessons of exam preparation + 7 lessons of structured study.

Course duration: from 4 to 16 weeks 
F1 VISA is required

Perfect for

This course is ideal for students interested in getting the TOEFL title. It is the most popular exam for spoken and written English in North America.

Additional information

The course will give you academic skills and a level of English that you need to be prepared for the exam. You will practice reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as practicing exam style questions and doing simulation tests. You will get used to the model of the exam, its structure, practicing and improving your level.

Characteristics

  • Course duration 4/16 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  35
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A2, B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  15
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Long term course - 5/6 months

The structure of the course is the same as the semi-intensive course. The duration is 5/6 months and the objective of the course is to improve your level of English until you reach fluency. 

Course duration: 

Academic Semester 20/24 weeks 
Academic year: 32 weeks 

F1 VISA is required

Perfect for

Ideal for those looking for language immersion for 5-6 months.

Additional information

What is the structure of the study sessions? These sessions will help you to reinforce what you have learnt, and to improve the areas that you need to practice most, using selected books, language exercises online and interactive programmes.

Characteristics

  • Course duration 20/24 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  27
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning & afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  15
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Long duration course - 8 months

Perfect for

Ideal for those that want to study a whole academic year abroad.

Additional information

The duration of the course is 8 months. 32 weeks of the course + 3 weeks of holiday. The objective of the course is to improve your level of English until you reach fluency. If you are interested, you can combine the general English classes with vocabulary classes and practice your specific language skills to achieve the highest level of English possible.

Characteristics

  • Course duration 32 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  27
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  15
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Extra-curricular Activities

Extra-curricular Activities 

The school organises many activities for students, such as: tours, concerts, skating, full day or half day trips to all surrounding attractions, such as Millennium Park. 

Participating in activities is not mandatory. However it is the perfect way to practice your English and meet new friends. 

This list of activities is just an example 

  • Welcome to new students 
  • Walk around chicago and dinner with the school team 
  • Seminars on American Culture 
  • Afternoons shopping 
  • Sports afternoon
  • Visit to Museums

Accommodation

Residence Fornelli Hall

Fornelli Hall residence offers high quality accommodation in the city center. The residence is located in downtown Chicago, a short walking distance from the school and close to the main cultural and entertainment centers of the city. 
Many rooms have spectacular views of the city, Chicago River, Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. It offers accommodation in apartments of 1, 2 or 3 rooms completely refurbished and equipped. Some apartments consist of two double bedrooms with two bathrooms, others have two single bedrooms and a bathroom. In addition the apartments have a living room. 

Bath: Shared (1 or 2 bathrooms per apartment) 
Location: Downtown in the city centre 

Check In: Sunday 
Check Out: Sunday 


 

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Availability: from the 1st May

Room Type: single or double room

School distance: 10 minute walk

Check-in: Sunday

Check-out: Saturday

Deposit fee: $100

Characteristics

  • Internet it has Internet
  • Private bathroom doesn´t have  Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities it has Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service it has Cleaning service
  • Wifi it has Wifi
  • Kitchen it has Kitchen
  • Kithchen Utensils it has Kithchen Utensils
  • Security service it has Security service
  • Bed-linen it has Bed-linen
  • Towels it has Towels
  • Breakfast doesn´t have  Breakfast
  • Half Board doesn´t have  Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

Residence Getaway

The residence - hostel Getaway is located near Lincoln Park in a building that was completely renovated in 2010. The residence is very close to the old town, the old part of the city, in an area full of bars, restaurants clubs and shops. The residence has a games room, TV room, music room, 
Single rooms with private or shared bathrooms are available; the rooms are equipped with beds, desk and wardrobe. 

Minimum stay: 4 weeks 

Bath: Private or Shared 
Location: next to Lincoln Park 
Check In: Sunday 
Check Out: Sunday 

Location of Residence - Map

Availability: All year

Room Type: Single room

School distance: 30 minutes from the school

Check-in: Sunday

Check-out: Saturday

Deposit fee: $10

Characteristics

  • Internet it has Internet
  • Private bathroom doesn´t have  Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities it has Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service doesn´t have  Cleaning service
  • Wifi it has Wifi
  • Kitchen it has Kitchen
  • Kithchen Utensils it has Kithchen Utensils
  • Security service it has Security service
  • Bed-linen it has Bed-linen
  • Towels it has Towels
  • Breakfast it has Breakfast
  • Half Board doesn´t have  Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

Family with half board

Homestay accommodation is ideal for students who want to immerse themselves in a different culture. By sharing meals with your hosts every day, you'll benefit from speaking English in relaxed, natural situations. All homestays are carefully selected to provide a safe and welcoming home environment. To get from the family home to the school, you need to get public transport. The duration of the journey is 30-45 minutes. 

Availability: All year

Room Type: single or double room

School distance: 30-45 minutes on public transport

Check-in: Sunday

Check-out: Saturday

Characteristics

  • Internet doesn´t have  Internet
  • Private bathroom doesn´t have  Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities it has Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service doesn´t have  Cleaning service
  • Wifi doesn´t have  Wifi
  • Kitchen it has Kitchen
  • Kithchen Utensils it has Kithchen Utensils
  • Security service doesn´t have  Security service
  • Bed-linen it has Bed-linen
  • Towels it has Towels
  • Breakfast doesn´t have  Breakfast
  • Half Board it has Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

How to get there

How to get to Chicago

The Chicago O'Hare International Airport has direct flights to Europe. 

The companies that fly from Spain to Chicago are:

  •    British airways 
  •    Klm 
  •    Lufthansa 
  •    Delta 
  •    Brussels airlines 

From the airport to the city: 

Train:

The nearest train carries passengers to the center and there are lines that go to neighbouring towns. 

Taxi:

Taxi ranks are in the arrivals terminal. 

Bus:

The bus line Continental Airport Express departs from each terminal to the centre of Chicago and other destinations. 
The company Chicago Transport Authority Bus takes you to the centre. 

Website of Chicago Transport Authority

In all terminals there is transport information. The duration of a taxi ride to the financial district is 30 to 45 minutes.



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