Chicago, Communication, and Culture Summer Program

Program Dates: July 8 – 25, 2019

Chicago, Communication, and Culture is a 3-week English language program for tourists and visitors to Chicago who want to explore the city while they improve their English.  Students meet for an hour of classroom language instruction in the morning, then leave the campus for instructor-guided language practice in the city, including attending a World Series Champions Chicago Cubs baseball game.


The instructor-guided Chicago tours include:

  • A boat tour along the Chicago River
  • Museums and art gallery visits
  • A visit to one of Chicago’s famous skyscrapers
  • Watching a Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox “Crosstown Classic” game

The program provides 14 hours per week of language study and practice through a combination of class time and visits to Chicago events and attractions.  Please note that this program is non-intensive and does not qualify as the full-time study required for a student visa.


The program is designed for students with a basic knowledge of English who are interested in building on their skills.  If you have never studied English before, you will not benefit from this program.  You need to be able to speak and understand English at an intermediate level.

The program is open to students who:

  • are visitors to the US and hold a B-1 or B-2 (tourist) visa,
  • or have entered the United States on a visa waiver,
  • or have an F-1 visa and want to practice English over summer break,
  • or are US citizens or residents.

Students must be at least 17 years old.


Dates and Times:
July 8 – July 25, 2019
Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Classroom instruction: 1333 S. Halsted Street, Suite 260 (9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)
Chicago tours: various locations in Chicago (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Note: the Cubs vs White Sox game will replace classroom instruction on that day.

Fee and Registration

Individuals can reserve a seat in our program with a $100 nonrefundable deposit. To reserve more than 5 seats, contact Terrie Byrne at or call 312-996-8999.  Full tuition payment is due by June 10, 2019.

Program Fee

  • Early Registration (pay by April 2): $1,050
  • Registration after April 2, 2019: $1,250

Fee includes all course materials, city tour fees, and entrance fee to the Chicago Cubs vs White Sox baseball game.  Campus housing is available for an additional payment of $985 (see Housing Options below).


Registration and tuition payment is online.  The registration deadline is June 10, 2019.  Late registration is possible if space permits.  Please email with any questions.

Questions? Contact Terrie Byrne at or call 312-996-8999.

Register and pay online for Chicago, Communication, and Culture


Housing Options

Residence Halls

Campus housing in a University of Illinois furnished residence hall (Thomas Beckham Hall) is available for an additional payment of $985.  The housing payment deadline is June 14, 2019.

What are the residence hall rooms like?  Participants stay in a co-ed building across the street from our main office.  The building has 4-bedroom, 4-person apartments.  All students have individual private bedrooms, and apartments are equipped with full kitchens and private bathrooms.  The room assignments in these apartments are assigned based on gender: males with males and females with females.  There are common areas on all floors, as well as a Faculty in Residence and a Resident Director on the 4th floor.  There are also washing machines and dryers in the building.

Is there phone service available in the dorm?  No.  For short-term visits, we recommend that you bring your own cell phone or purchase a pre-paid cell phone ($15 – $150).

Are there good restaurants close to UIC Housing?  Yes.  There are many really good restaurants with a great variety of food located near UIC housing.  There is a coffee shop in the building and restaurants offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner across from Marie Robinson Hall.

Is there a grocery or department store near the dormitory?  Yes.  There is a very large grocery store a 15-minute walk from the dorms.  There is also a large department store within walking distance to buy cosmetics, household items, clothing, etc.

Are there computers available to check my email?  Yes.  You can use the internet and email service in our computer lab on campus.


The Tutorium offers a Homestay program through American Homestay Network.  Homestay is an opportunity to live in a home with an American family located in the Chicago area.  Please note that we do not arrange homestays.  You need to contact the company directly yourself to make any arrangements.

Youth Hostels

There are two youth hostels that offer private rooms and a bath.  The rate is higher per day than the UIC dormitories.  You will need to make the arrangements on your own.

  • Chicago Getaway Hostel offers private rooms with a private bath. Arlington House is located in Lincoln Park, a very beautiful and safe neighborhood located north of downtown Chicago.  Lincoln Park is about a 30-minute commute on public transportation.  For more information, visit their website.  The website is in several languages.  You can make reservations online.
  • Hostel World lists several other Chicago hostels that offer private and shared rooms.  These hostels are located in different parts of the city, and commuting to UIC for classes may take an hour or more on public transportation from some hostel locations.


You can also rent a studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom apartment for one month at Canterbury Courts.  This apartment building is located in the “Gold Coast” neighborhood in downtown Chicago.  It is within walking distance of museums, shopping, and the Oak Street Beach on Lake Michigan.  Apartments range from $800 – $1,750 per month.  However, payment must be made by check on a bank with a U.S. affiliate branch.  For more information about this option, go to the Canterbury Courts website.

More informaition on temporary housing near the UIC campus


Will I need to pay for my transportation during the 3-week program?  On the first day of class, you will receive a transportation card that will be good for the first few days of the program.  You will need to add money to this card after a few days, but your instructor will show you how to do that on the first day of class.

Do you provide airport pickup?  No.  There is public transportation from both Chicago airports, Midway Airport and O’Hare International Airport.  You can take an airport shuttle bus.  Buses leave every hour ($25).  Cab service is also available at both airports ($35 – $60).  The fare depends on your destination.


Questions? Contact Terrie Byrne at or call 312-996-8999.

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