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Study Abroad in Chicago: Learn English in the United States

Our Language Courses in Chicago: Total Immersion in English

Chicago, the third most populous city in the United States, is located on the shores of the vast Lake Michigan, which is larger than Switzerland. Chicago offers an impressive spectacle with its architecture; the downtown area engulfs visitors in a whirlwind of grandeur. The Sears Tower and the John Hancock Tower compete in height with the tallest towers in the world, providing a sublime panorama of the region. Chicago, a city of art, music, and architecture, has fostered the development of numerous forms of expression. Despite its impressive size, everything is within walking distance, thanks in part to an efficient public transportation system. This US city blends styles, eras, and cultures to create a unique result. The countless attractions this city offers are waiting to be discovered.

On a linguistic journey to Chicago


2,719 million inhabitants



Flight duration

9 hours 15 minutes from Geneva


Chicago is built on the shores of Lake Michigan, in the center of the American Midwest. Located in the state of Illinois, Chicago is 830 km west of Toronto, 1,300 km west of New York, and 3,300 km northeast of Los Angeles. The city has several watercourses: Chicago, Calumet, and Des Plaines. The humid continental climate is highly variable and generates a high temperature range, with temperatures that can vary by up to thirty degrees. Chicago experiences long periods of freezing temperatures during winter, caused by cold winds from Canada. The upward movement of warm air in summer leads to heatwaves that stretch into autumn, known as the famous Indian summer.

History & Culture

Originally a marshy area on Native American territories, the site of Chicago saw the establishment of the French during the 17th century. In 1763, following the Seven Years' War, the English took control of the region. Chicago became part of Illinois after the War of Independence. The city was marked by the Great Fire of 1871, an unprecedented population growth, and the infamous gangs operating during Prohibition. Ethnic neighborhoods were already present, such as Chinatown, the African-American neighborhood of Bronzeville, and the Czech sector of Pilsen. These population movements have contributed to the cultural richness of the city, including its gospel, jazz, and independent rock scenes.

Things to Do / Places to See

The presence of Lake Michigan and its coastline stretching for about fifty kilometers is an invitation for exploration and discovering Chicago from a unique perspective. Art and culture thrive in Chicago, as evidenced by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center. Green spaces, such as Lincoln Park and Oak Park, are also places for relaxation and socializing. From the Adler Planetarium to the Navy Pier amusement park, and from the beaches of Montrose to the Chicago Theater, your itinerary of visits and extracurricular activities will undoubtedly be packed in Chicago. The city also hosts numerous festivities, including the Jazz Festival and Lollapalooza.

Practical Information about the City

Chicago has two main airports, with O'Hare International Airport located 32 km northwest of downtown, being the busiest airport in the world! The city has long been a major transportation hub in North America. Once in the city, visitors can take advantage of bus lines and an extensive subway network that covers the city. The cost of living is quite high, similar to other metropolises like Boston or Miami. When it comes to shopping, Chicago boasts the Magnificent Mile, a shopping haven with a mix of luxury boutiques, traditional stores, and trendy brands.

Chicago Tourism Office:

78 E. Washington St
USA - Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 8773442246

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