ELS Language Center - Chicago IL

at Dominican University

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

  • Live and study in a safe, historic community close to downtown Chicago, and public transportation
  • Enjoy a wide variety of student activities: concerts, museums, sporting events and theme parks
  • Meet a diverse student population from around the world
  • Interact with local university students through class visits and conversation partners programs
  • Build professional skills through Business English, our Global Engagement certificate program and special workshops
Center Director Academic Director International Student Advisor
Kathleen Hylen Vernetta Freeney Mary Lee


Experience both urban and suburban city life when you study English at ELS Chicago, located on the beautiful ivy-covered campus of Dominican University in the River Forest, Illinois.
With a wide array of spectator sports, a vibrant nightlife, comedy clubs, live music, world-class museums, and so much more - Chicago is the city that feels like home!

The ELS/Chicago physical address is:

ELS Language Centers
at Dominican University
7900 West Division St, Lewis Hall
River Forest, IL 60305


  • Semi-Intensive English
  • Intensive English
  • American Explorer

Special Opportunities

  • American Conversation Partnerships
  • College Class Auditing
  • College Class Visitation
  • Concurrent Enrollment
  • University Scholarships for ELS Students
  • Volunteerism Experience

Minimum Age Requirements

No ELS Housing   16
Homestay, Homestays in the area 

18 (16+ only if approved by Center Director upon checking availability)

Student Residence (off campus), Chicago Student Residence 18

Start Dates

January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, May 29, June 26, July 24, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 13, December 11
January 8, February 5, March 4, April 1, April 29, May 27, June 24, July 22, August 19, September 16, October 14, November 11, December 9

Price Summary

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