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Area Information - Chicago IL

at Dominican University

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Tel: 1 (773) 277-3799
E-mail: chi@ELS.edu

  • The Chicago ELS center is located on the gorgeous, historical Dominican University campus
  • The Chicago ELS center is connected to the local community and downtown Chicago by a large public transportation network
  • Local shops and restaurants are within walking distance from the ELS Chicago center
  • The neighborhood is beautiful and safe with many homes designed by famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Downtown Chicago is twenty minutes by car or train and thirty minutes by subway


Area Description

Students walk out of the ivy-covered Gothic architecture of Dominican University and find themselves in a green, historical neighborhood with many stunning homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is a quick walk through tree-lined streets to the local downtown, which contains a large variety of small shops, cafes, grocery stores, and even a vintage movie theater. Local restaurants provide the opportunity to sample Chicago deep-dish pizza, or order French, Asian, Indian, and Middle-Eastern cuisines. While the local community is linked by buses, it is a short distance to the train and subway lines that connect the ELS Center to downtown Chicago, where students can enjoy shopping on the Magnificent Mile, visiting Chicago's world famous museums, or admiring the world-famous architecture by boat or skyscraper. ELS Chicago offers the best of both worlds as students can live in study on a safe, beautiful campus and enjoy all the pleasure and excitement of America's third largest city.

Area Attractions

  • Millennium Park and the "Bean"
  • Magnificent Mile shopping district
  • Art Institute of Chicago, named world's best museum
  • Chicago Blues, Jazz, and Lollapalooza music festivals
  • Lake Michigan beaches
  • Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium
  • Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks teams and stadiums
  • Willis Tower and John Hancock Observatories
  • Six Flag's Great America Amusement park
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Chicago River Architectural Tours and Kayaking
  • Chicago Theater District and Lyric Opera House
  • Aurora and Gurnee outlet shopping malls
  • Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio
  • University of Chicago

Distances to Key Locations (from ELS Center)

Housing Options: Minutes Method
Homestays in the area (Homestay) Up to 45 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
Chicago Student Residence (Student Residence (off campus)) 10/25/5 Bike/Bus/Car
Local Places:    
Airport 45/30 Subway/Car
Bank 15/5/10/5 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
Downtown Area 20/10/10/10 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
Public Transportation 1 Walk
Post Office 25/15/15/10 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
Restaurants 10/5/5/5 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
Supermarket 20/10/10/10 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
Shopping Mall/Outlet 20/30/20/15 Train/Subway/Bus/Car
 Pharmacy 10/5//5 Walk/Bike/Car
Sports Stadium 45/45/60/45 Train/Subway/Bus/Car
Other Nearby Cities:    
Downtown Chicago, IL 30 Subway, Car
Milwaukee, WI 90 Train, Car
Indiana Dunes State Park 75 Car
Evanston, IL 50 Car

Local Transportation

ELS/Chicago is well linked to the local community by an extensive public transportation network. A Dominican University shuttle bus provides students with free transportation to and from the ELS apartments and the local subway line. Local buses connect the local community and the university to shops and restaurants as well as any host families that are not within walking distance. Both the blue and green subway lines provide transportation to downtown Chicago and both Chicago airports. Across from the ELS Apartments, a commuter train line takes students downtown in less than twenty minutes. All public transportation is available frequently on weekdays and weekends.

Recommended Hotels

Contact hotel directly for prices.

Carleton Hotel of Oak Park
1110 Pleasant Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: (708) 848-5000