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ELS USA LOCATIONS

Chicago, IL

7200 West Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305
Tel.: (708) 488-5010
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: Dominican University
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ELS/Chicago is on the gorgeous campus of Dominican University, only 25 minutes from downtown Chicago. Cultural activities include the Lyric Opera, the Museum Campus (Aquarium, Planetarium, Natural History Museum), the Art Institute of Chicago, an exciting nightlife scene and world-class sporting events. The “Magnificent Mile” and Navy Pier offer stores and restaurants within walking distance of beautiful Lake Michigan.


  • Private University campus location
  • Executive Programs also available at this location
  • Convenient train to downtown Chicago
  • River Forest is walking-distance to shops & restaurants

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 30
Bank 20
Downtown Area 30
Post Office 20
Restaurant(s) 20
Shopping Mall/Outlet 30
Supermarket 20
Bus Stop/Subway 5

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Electricity

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Programs available at this location

2014 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD

2014 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD

2014 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD

American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2014 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD

The Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL® iBT

Achieve your goals by preparing for the TOEFL® iBT with ELS!

2014 Cost Per Session
$2040 USD

English for Executives

Group and One-to-One Instruction


Super Intensive English Program

One-to-One instruction


Super Intensive Plus

One-to-One Instruction


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Homestays in the area(Homestay)

Host family students are responsible for their personal transportation. Most students arrive at the campus by bus. Some families are close and provide bicycles for students. We have a few families that are within walking distance of the campus.

Price per Session $1150
Occupancy Single, Single
Minimum Age 16
Airport Pickup 160
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

River Forest Apts(Student Residence (Off Campus))

Located in a quiet, safe and upscale neighborhood, ELS River Forest Apartments offer a shared bedroom in a two-bed, one-bathroom luxury apartment. Each apartment has a fully-furnished kitchen, wireless Internet, local phone service, cable TV, and air conditioning. Linens are included. [Note: Singles may be available at an additional price.] Self-service laundry machines are available in the same building for a small fee.

Price per Session $980 - 1800
Occupancy Double, Double, Single, Single
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup 160
Meals / week or Meal Credit
None included

Aquinas Hall
(Student Residence (On Campus))

Not available for 2014 Sessions 6, 7 and part of 8

The Residence Hall is located in the same building as the ELS Center on the Priory Campus of Dominican University. Food service six blocks away at the Main Campus. WiFi service is available and a student lounge and vending machines are in the building. Laundry facilities (for a fee) are available in the basement of the building. This is a co-ed dorm with separate male and female community bathrooms. The rooms have a sink, closet bed, desk and chairs. Linens are provided.

Price per Session $1025
Occupancy Single, Single, Single - At Dominican University
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup 160
Meals / week or Meal Credit
Meals not included, but students have the option to purchase a $75 Concordia University discount meal card (includes 10 meals)

Power Hall
(Student Residence (On Campus))

Available only for 2014 Sessions 6, 7 and part of 8

Power Hall is a beautiful ivy-covered historic residence hall located on the Main Campus of Dominican University. Students will be housed in single rooms on the third floor, which is accessible by elevator. Key card entry will ensure the security of the building and a Resident Advisor will be available to assist students. Linens are provided and the rooms are cleaned before and after students move in or out.
Students will be close to the university fitness center and library as well as other student services. ELS students will still enjoy all the amenities and benefits currently available to them and with the same access to area attractions.
Note that Power Hall is located on the Main Campus of Dominican University, a 5-minute shuttle bus ride to the ELS/Chicago Center. ELS/Chicago is on the Priory Campus.

Price per Session $1025
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup 160
Meals / week or Meal Credit
Meals are not included in the price. Food and snacks can be purchased at the Cyber Cafe on the main campus Monday through Friday from 11:30-6:30. Concordia University, which is located across from the ELS center just six blocks away, provides meal cards for $75.00, which are not included in the price.

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  • Baseball field
  • Computer center
  • Soccer field
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Language Technology Center (LTC)
  • Health center
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Library
  • Racquetball/squash Courts
  • Fitness Center
  • Center NOT handicapped accessible
  • Cafeteria

What is Conditional Admission?

Institutions in the ELS University Conditional Admission Network offer conditional admission to students who are academically admissible based on the student’s academic record and other university and/or departmental and program requirements, but who have not yet demonstrated English proficiency. Your admission is “conditional” based upon satisfying English proficiency through completion of a specified level of the ELS English for Academic Purposes program and any other specific requirements prior to full admission. Once these requirements are fulfilled, you are able to fully matriculate. These requirements will be outlined on your Conditional Letter of Admission, and your selected ELS center will assist you in completing all of the necessary requirements for matriculation.

Additional matriculation requirements may include other required scores, for example, GMAT® or GRE® for graduate programs.

Our ELS University Partners will offer a Conditional Letter of Admission (CLA) detailing the additional requirements needed for matriculation. You and your family can be assured that you have a university placement and ELS registration prior to departing for the USA.

What is the Conditional Admission Process?

  1. Find a university via our University Finder
  2. Apply for university admission and enroll for English studies at ELS Language Centers with help from a local ELS authorized Counseling Agent.
  3. If you are an acceptable candidate for university admission, you receive a letter of "Conditional university admission subject to English proficiency and submission of any other required documentation for matriculation."
  4. Study at any of the 60 ELS Centers in the USA to fulfill the university entrance requirement for English proficiency.
  5. Begin your university program!

Meet the Staff

Gretchen Dee

Gretchen Dee

Center Director

Center Director Gretchen Dee has been working with international students for more than fifteen years. After teaching English in Thailand, she settled in the Netherlands where she worked as an English editor and instructor while completing her master's degree at the University of Amsterdam. Upon returning to the United States in 2013, she served as the English Director at Sabio Academy, designing and launching its English online programming. Before joining ELS Chicago, she worked as the Program Director at a Chicago-based IEP for the past six years. In addition to teaching English to international students, Gretchen has developed curriculum for a wide range of courses academic English programs. She loves this industry because it allows her to meet and talk to students from all over the globe. When not discovering the world through the eyes of ELS students, she can be found exploring the wonders of her hometown Chicago.

Zack Hausrath

Zack Hausrath

Academic Director

Zack learned about teaching English as a Second Language
while living and working in northern India. As the study abroad coordinator there, he was able to interact with a variety of people from different cultures. It was a position he really enjoyed! After returning to the U.S. from India, Zack decided to attend graduate school, where he studied Literacy and Second Language Studies. He now holds a Master of Education degree and a Graduate Certificate of Postsecondary Literacy Instruction from the University of Cincinnati. He joined ELS as an instructor in 2011, and he looks forward to meeting you!

Jennifer Brumfield

Jennifer Brumfield

International Student Advisor

Having grown up in small-town America, hoping to get out and explore the world, Jennifer attended a small liberal arts college. While in college she participated in a semester abroad program which provided many exciting experiences, including getting off at the wrong train station in Warsaw. After earning a BA in Sociology, she eventually took the position of International Student Advisor, which allows her to enjoy learning about students and their countries.

Rebecca deJong

Rebecca deJong

Registrar

A native of sunny Southern California, Rebecca moved to Chicago in 2014. Her first experience abroad came in high school when she spent six months living and studying in France. She returned to France during college to study literature, poetry and film, and spent a year exploring Europe. After graduation, she worked for a year as an accounting assistant in California. The travel bug soon caught up with her, and she moved to Taiwan for three years where she taught English and science, helped lead teacher trainings, wrote a few children's books and even did some voice acting. She is thrilled to be living in one of the most vibrant cities in America, and spends her free time exploring Chicago and finding quiet cafés where she can read books and drink lots of coffee.

Michael Humpherys

Michael Humpherys

Assistant International Student Advisor

Michael has served as the Assistant International Student Advisor at ELS Chicago for two years since receiving his undergraduate degree from The University of Central Florida. Michael previously served as an Administrative Assistant at the ELS center in Melbourne Florida. When not counseling students and sharing the great attractions of Chicago with ELS students, Michael stays busy pursuing his master's degree at DePaul University or performing in clubs and other music venues in and around Chicago.

Adriana Flores

Adriana Flores

IELTS Administrator

Adriana was a student at our host institution and joined our staff as an assistant. Quickly it was evident that her skills at organization were excellent. When the opportunity arose, she became the IELTS Administrator. Since joining us she has completed her degree in Sociology/Criminology-- how perfect for someone dealing with IELTS candidates.

Idell Fishman

Idell Fishman

Administrative Assistant

For many years Ms. Fishman was the Registrar at ELS/Chicago when it was located on the campus of Concordia University. After the merge with Berlitz, she moved on to other accounting jobs. We are happy she has returned to ELS and is a valued assistant to all of us in the ELS office.

Gloria

August 6, 2014

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I work for a big company in Colombia. I need English to attend international conferences and meetings with foreign people to communicate with each other. ELS Chicago has very good teachers, and they have very good aids to study English such as LTC for grammar and for listening. Students have to give presentations and practice speaking. You also meet a lot of people from many different countries and can learn about different countries. All the teachers and staff try to help students, not only with academics but with activities and staying in Chicago as well.

-Gloria,Colombia

Veronica

August 6, 2014

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In my opinion,everything I have learned at ELS is useful for me. Every single day I learn something new from my teachers, from the LTC labs, even from my classmates. Studying at ELS will help me in the future to get a good job in my country and when I travel to other countries where people speak English. I will be able to communicate with them because at ELS Chicago I have gotten good English skills.

-Veronica,Ecuador

Abdul-Kareem

August 6, 2014

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I would like to thank every single teacher in this school as well as the administration without exception. They helped me a lot in a very professional manner. They even help the students with admission to the university, English in general, and how to
speak English to Americans outside of class. I came to Chicago because it is a big city that has about five universities with my major. I choose ELS Chicago because I heard about the agreement it has with approximately 600 universities around the US that will admit students to their programs without taking an English proficiency test.

-Abdul-Kareem,Saudi Arabia

Denisse

August 6, 2014

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My cousin who attended ELS Chicago a long time ago recommended this school to me. He always says that the base of his international business is the friends he made at ELS and the English he studied has helped him communicate with people from all over the world. ELS Chicago offers a good combination of cultures in every class. In ELS Chicago every single class has a huge variety of people from different countries and cultures. Most of my classmates are professionals. This allows me to have deep conversation and develop professional vocabulary for business.

Finally, at the end of each session the teachers give me really personal recommendations about my English and what I should practice more. This is so important and helps me a lot.

-Denisse,Venezuela

Georgina

August 6, 2014

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I have had a good experience in all areas at ELS. I have classmates from every part of the world, and I have improved my English a lot. Studying at ELS Chicago helped me get a good job in the United States. I am grateful to ELS Chicago. The staff are very professional. The director always asks the students how we are doing in class, and the Academic Director arranged a special tutoring course for me to prepare for my interview. It was the perfect class for me.

-Georgina,Argentina

Cesar

August 6, 2014

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I chose ELS because it has prestige all over the world. The best part is the opportunity to meet different people from all over the world and practice my English with them. ELS Chicago gives me different skills and knowledge to communicate in the best way
for my job at an international company. All teachers and staff at ELS Chicago help me as much as possible to study without limits.

-Cesar,Colombia

Wedad

August 6, 2014

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When I came here I thought I knew a lot of English, but I am surprised about all the academic vocabulary that I have learned. This has helped me a lot. ELS also gives me the chance to enter many universities. The director at ELS helped me to apply for the university.

-Wedad,Saudi Arabia

Erik

August 6, 2014

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The best part of studying in ELS Chicago is that the facilities are excellent and the schedule is suitable for learning English in the shortest time possible. Studying English will help me in my future to communicate with my customers and open new business opportunities in my small tourist company in Panama because 90% of my clients speak English!

-Erik,Panama

Sergio

August 5, 2014

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I chose ELS Chicago because I think it is a great city and you can do many things in this amazing city. ELS is the best option to learn English. The best part of studying English in Chicago is the facility located at Dominican University and the great classes because I have learned a lot. ELS will help me in the future in many ways. I can find better job opportunities in my country.

-Sergio,Colombia

Hanako

August 17, 2012

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The reason why I decided to study at ELS/Chicago is that the school has a good environment for study. I had known that the problem when we studied at language schools was the opportunity to communicate with native speakers. However, this school is located on a university campus and we have time to have conversations with native speakers. I enjoy the classes. Most of our classes have less than ten people so we can talk with the teacher and we help each other as international friends during class. All areas of my English have improved since I came here, but now my reading skills are helping me in many situations. Now I can understand English websites, and some other information in public places. It will help me when I go on trips to any country around the world. I want new students to learn about other countries in ELS/Chicago. Of course you have to learn English here, but this school has a lot of diversity. This is a great opportunity to be an international person.

-Hanako,Japan

Takashi Aoyama, Japan

September 17, 2009

My major is Ethnic Studies; therefore Chicago is really an interesting city for me. There are many ethnic communities, a lot of local festivals and great museums. Also I like watching sports, accordingly, Chicago is the best place for watching pro and college sports’ matches. It is an amazing place for me. Before I came here I thought English is a subject; however, now I think English is one of the tools for connecting with people all over the world. My grammar and listening skills have improved the most. Do not only interact with people who speak the same language, talk with people from other cultures and religions, and walk around Chicago and Illinois to find your favorite places.

- Takashi Aoyama

Maria Fernanda Quintana, Ecuador

September 17, 2009

I wanted to improve my English, and I thought the best way was by studying and practicing in a city where English is the official language. Also it is
important that the school has experience in this field and is recognized by the results. Several people recommended ELS/Chicago to me and I chose it because I thought it is a city with a good environment, several cultural
activities and spectacular tourist attractions. For me this experience is not only to learn a new language, but also enjoy the city and its customs and people. At ELS/Chicago I have improved my grammar and writing the most. I have improved my vocabulary too. If it’s possible, it is a good idea to study for three months or more, because it is necessary to practice grammar and speaking with American people and other students. Also try not to speak in your native language.

- Maria Fernanda Quintana

Andre Campana, Brazil

September 17, 2009

When I decided to come to study abroad I tried to find a big and famous city with a good school to help me improve my English; ELS/Chicago has all these characteristics. When I came to ELS
I had problems with my speaking and my grammar. Nowadays all my skills have improved, mainly my vocabulary. ELS/Chicago is one of the best English schools in the US They give us all the opportunities to improve our English. However, it is necessary to study by ourselves at home. I enjoy meeting different people from different countries and also having contact with American culture and people.

Kuo-Chen Chu, Italy

September 17, 2009

I decided to study at ELS/Chicago because here I have some friends. Here I met and knew good teachers and good boys and girls. I learned grammar and many new words. I’m very proud because now when people speak I figure out what they say. Following the lessons is very important, but it’s most important to speak with American people and to watch T.V. or movies.

Sinan Kirsever, Turkey

September 17, 2009

I decided to study at ELS/Chicago to improve my English very quickly. I chose Chicago/ELS because Chicago is very orderly city and the teachers are very friendly. At ELS, we had a lot of activities so I enjoyed most about activities. We went shopping, museums….In these activities I improved my English and saw why the people like USA While I was at ELS/Chicago, I improved speaking because I had a lot of friends from another countries and so I heard many different pronunciation. It’s very good for me. If you prefer to come to ELS/Chicago, you will have many times to practice with people. So don’t be shy to speak. Talk about everything. Don’t think if they don’t understand you.

Ana Karina Fernandez, Venezuela

September 17, 2009

I decided to study at ELS in Chicao because I think that this course offers a high quality of English teaching and also offers many different class alternatives to learn a new language. The most important thing that I enjoy studying at ELS is the contact with people from different cultures that I have never had before. I improved many areas of English such as writing, reading, speech and grammar. My advice is that students shouldn’t miss the opportunity to study English abroad because they will have contact with American people to practice their knowledge and learn about their culture.

Personal Essay Writing Workshop

October 28, 2014


All students planning to attend an American university need a Personal Statement or Essay. At ELS Chicago, students have a special workshop to help them come up with ideas and learn how to write the Personal Statement. The Center Director reviews all essays after completion.

Chicago's Willis Tower

October 28, 2014


For many years the Sears Tower was the tallest building in the world. Today it is called the Willis Tower. Some brave students sat on the "ledge", 130 stories high!

ELS Chicago goes to the Zoo

October 28, 2014


Students enjoyed a beautiful fall day at Lincoln Park Zoo, located in the middle of downtown Chicago.

ELS Chicago Etiquette Fair

September 18, 2014


On final Thursday ELS Chicago students gave presentations on American etiquette. From tipping to dating, ELS students learned from each other about American culture and practiced speaking English too!

Chicago Boat Tour

September 18, 2014


Students enjoyed the end of summer on a Chicago boat tour and had great views of Chicago architecture.

ELS at DU Fest

August 25, 2014


ELS students volunteered at a table at the Dominican University Festival. ELS students played language games with university students, faculty, and families.

Graduation Day at ELS Chicago

August 20, 2014


Graduation is a special day at ELS Chicago.

Idioms Skits

August 14, 2014


Instructors Michael Canning and Laura Larson's classes taught American Idioms to students during final Thursday skits and presentations.

Library Scavenger Hunt

August 4, 2014


ELS Masters students explored the resources at the Dominican University library by completing a scavenger hunt.

Trip to the Art Institute of Chicago

August 4, 2014


On July 26th students visited the famous Art Institute of Chicago!

ELS Chicago Financial Fair

July 22, 2014


On Thursday, July 17th. ELS Chicago held the first of its annual financial fair. Students, staff, and local community members gave presentations on all you need to know about money and finances in Chicago.

College/Job Interview Workshop

July 11, 2014


Students at ELS Chicago learned about common interview questions as well as tips and hints to answer them. Students had the chance to practice interviewing with ELS Chicago teaches and staff!

Jazz comes to ELS Chicago

July 3, 2014


On final Thursday of session 6, ELS students learned about American jazz and were treated to a special performance by Assistant ISA Michael Humpherys.

Chicago Boat Tour

June 12, 2014


Students viewed Chicago's amazing skyline - by boat!

Graduation Day at ELS

May 28, 2014


Our May graduation was hosted by Academic Director Zack Hausrath and the lovely student hostess Georgina Becharra.

Dominican University’sBrennan School of Business Now Accredited by AACSB

May 22, 2014

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Dominican University, the host university of ELS Chicago is proud to announce that its Brennan School of Business has achieved accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)—a distinction held by only 5% of all business schools worldwide. As AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard for business schools. Qualified international students are welcome to apply to the Brennan School. Congratulations!

Founded in 1977, the Brennan School of Business is one of the Chicago area's leading business schools, offering a challenging, values-based environment where students engage with faculty to learn real-world skills and where opportunities are provided to help students advance their careers while making the world a better place. The Brennan School of Business offers undergraduate degrees in accounting, business administration, economics and international business and graduate degrees in business administration (MBA) and accounting (MSA). In the 2014 issue of America's Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report
ranked Dominican University in the top 15 of Midwest master's level universities. The magazine also ranked Dominican as one of three Great Schools

University Partner College Fair

May 21, 2014


On May 15th, ELS Chicago at Dominican University hosted a college and university fair for ELS students. Students had the opportunity to practice their English when they discussed their future goals with admissions representatives and learn more about the programs offered at these institutions.

University Partner College Fair

May 21, 2014


On May 15th, ELS Chicago at Dominican University hosted a college and university fair for ELS students. Students had the opportunity to practice their English when they discussed their future goals with admissions representatives and learn more about the programs offered at these institutions.

University Partner College Fair

May 21, 2014


On May 15th, ELS Chicago at Dominican University hosted a college and university fair for ELS students. Students had the opportunity to practice their English when they discussed their future goals with admissions representatives and learn more about the programs offered at these institutions.

Six Flags Amusement Park

May 21, 2014


Students from ELS Chicago showed their bravery when enjoying the Six Flags theme and amusement park near to Chicago.

Six Flags Amusement Park

May 21, 2014


Students from ELS Chicago showed their bravery when enjoying the Six Flags theme and amusement park near to Chicago.

Six Flags Amusement Park

May 21, 2014


Students from ELS Chicago showed their bravery when enjoying the Six Flags theme and amusement park near to Chicago.

Spring arrives in Chicago

May 21, 2014


After a long winter, Spring as arrived to Chicago. ELS Chicago at Dominican University is blooming with flowers.

Spring arrives in Chicago

May 21, 2014


After a long winter, Spring as arrived to Chicago. ELS Chicago at Dominican University is blooming with flowers.

Spring arrives in Chicago

May 21, 2014


After a long winter, Spring as arrived to Chicago. ELS Chicago at Dominican University is blooming with flowers.

Spring Finally Comes to Chicago

May 9, 2014


Students explore the wonders of Chicago's famous Millennium Park.

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