River Forest, Illinois, United States

Chicago | Dominican University

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About This Center


ELS Chicago is on the campus of Dominican University in the Chicago suburb of River Forest, Illinois. Nearby Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier offer stores and restaurants within walking distance of Lake Michigan. Millennium Park and Grant Park feature musical festivals and concerts in summer and ice skating rinks in winter.

7200 West Division Street, River Forest, Illinois, United States

Great Things to See and Do

  • Museums: Chicago’s many museums – from art, to natural history, to astronomy – are among the best in the world.
  • Sports: Cheer for Chicago’s famous professional basketball, baseball, football, and hockey teams.
  • Millennium Park: The park, in the heart of Chicago just blocks from the Magnificent Mile, features hundreds of concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities every year.

Chicago | Dominican University

  • Partner University
    • Dominican University
  • Housing Options
    • Student Residence (On Campus)
    • Homestay
    • Student Residence (Off Campus)
  • Center Facilities
    • Gorgeous ivy-covered buildings on classic university campus
    • Large, modern classrooms with smart technology
    • Free and unlimited access to printing and copying for ELS students
    • Modern three-story library with full access to books and study rooms for ELS students
    • New fitness center with basketball courts and indoor running track
    • Free shuttle bus service around university and to subway station
  • City Environment
  • Urban

Housing Options

Student Residence (On Campus)

The Aquinas Hall dorm rooms are conveniently located in the same building as the ELS Center on the historic campus of Dominican University. All rooms are single occupancy with a sink and closet. However, bathrooms are shared with other residents. Linens are provided, and coin-operated laundry machines are located in the basement of the building. There is a common area with a refrigerator and microwave. There is no meal plan included and there is no dining hall in the building. The Aquinas dorms are not available in Sessions 5, 6, 7, and 8.

  • Cost per Session
  • $1100
  • Occupancy
  • Single - At Dominican University
  • Meal Credits
  • Meals not included, but students have the option to purchase a $75 Concordia University discount meal card (includes 10 meals)


Many of the ELS\Chicago homestays are located within walking distance from the ELS center in the historic neighborhoods of the local community. Most students walk or bike to school. Located on the outskirts of Chicago, homestays provide students with a safe and quiet place to live and experience American life during the week and the chance to explore downtown Chicago on the weekends.
These communities are connected by an extensive public transportation network of buses, trains, and two subway lines, which provide easy access to the ELS Center and downtown Chicago, which is fewer than 30 minutes away. The local community also provides a wide variety of grocery stores, restaurants, and shops within walking distance of most host families.

  • Cost per Session
  • $1170
  • Occupancy
  • Single
  • Meal Credits
  • 14 meals per week

Student Residence (Off Campus)

The River Forest Apartments provide the luxury of private ans semi-private living with en suite kitchens and bathrooms at a high level of convenience. Units are fully furnished with cookware and linens provided. Each unit is air-conditioned and includes free wifi. There is a coin operated laundry facility on the premises. Group social space includes a lounge area with satellite television and an outdoor patio area with bbq. While supermarkets, cafes, and shopping are within walking distance from the building, the train that takes students to downtown Chicago in under twenty minutes stops at the train station across the street from the apartment building. A daily shuttle bus provides transportation to and from the ELS center; however at just 3km away, it is a lovely walk or bike ride through a leafy, historic neighborhood. This housing option is very popular with mature students and professional students. Units can also be converted to accommodate a family of three.

  • Cost per Session
  • $980, 1600
  • Occupancy
  • Double, Single
  • Meal Credits
  • None included

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