• Dominican University

  • Location

    7900 West Division St, Lewis Hall
    River Forest, Illinois, United States 60305

About This Center

Students experience both fast-paced city life in Chicago, the largest city in the Midwest, and suburban life in River Forest, Illinois. The location for these English classes in Chicago is the beautiful ivy-covered campus of Dominican University.

Nearby, Chicago offers a vast array of exciting activities that students expect from a major city. They include famous pizza joints, ethnic foods and fine dining, world-famous museums, regular music festivals and outdoor concerts, sporting events, and ice skating in the winter. Students can enjoy Lake Michigan, the city’s unique architectural buildings, Shedd Aquarium, a zoo, and amusement park.

Minimum Age: 16

ELS Language Center (Chicago, Illinois) is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Learn English at Dominican University

The beautiful ivy-covered buildings of Dominican University create an academic atmosphere that is complemented by large, modern classrooms with smart technology. ELS students are given full access to the campus facilities, which includes a large library, dining facilities and a new fitness center that features a large indoor running track.

Upon successful completion of ELS Level 112, you will fulfill the English language entry requirement for conditional admission to Dominican University, as well as additional nearby partner colleges and universities.



ELS Chicago | Dominican University Facilities

aerial view of dominican university near ELS chicago in river forest, illinois
  • Baseball field
  • Basketball court
  • Cafeteria
  • Center NOT handicapped accessible
  • Classrooms NOT handicapped accessible
  • Computer lab
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Fitness center
  • Library
  • Racquetball/Squash court
  • Wi-Fi

English Language Center Chicago, Illinois

Housing Options

a female ELS homestay student working on her laptop


Our homestays are located in historic Chicago neighborhoods within easy walking or cycling distance of the ELS Center. Located on the outskirts of Chicago, homestays provide a safe, quiet place to live and experience American life and culture. Homestay communities are connected by an extensive public transportation network of buses, trains, and two subway lines to provide easy access to the campus and the city.

Cost per Week: $345

Occupancy: Single

Meal Credits: 14 meals per week

Minimum Age: 18

two female ELS students studying at their student residence

Student Residence (off campus)

ELS’s Chicago Student Residence is an apartment-style accommodation offering double occupancy rooms, in two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments close to shops, movie theater, bookstore, and a variety of restaurants. The residence is located within 30 minutes’ walking distance, or 15 minutes by public transportation from the ELS center.

Cost per Week: $375

Occupancy: Double rooms

Meal Credits: Meals not included. All units have kitchen amenities to keep and prepare food.

Minimum Age: 18

Minimum booking 4 weeks

chicago field museum near ELS Chicago in river forest, illinois

Great Things to See and Do in Chicago


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: Located in the heart of Chicago, just blocks from the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier, the park features concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities.

Willis Tower: Enjoy amazing city vistas from this super-tall skyscraper.

Arts, Culture & History: Chicago offers a vibrant music scene, theater, art, architecture, local markets, and amazing food around its 77 iconic neighbourhoods year-round — make sure to try Chicago deep-dish pizza!

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