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    The College’s Center for Chicago Programs sponsors more than 230 course trips to the city during the academic year, and dozens of students intern in the city every semester. 
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    Our students have unlimited access to the Chicago Art Institute—just show your Lake Forest College ID at the front desk.
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    Internships abound! 
    Chicago is a city rich with valuable internships! We’ve got the right connections that give our students access to the best opportunities.
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    Students travel to downtown Chicago with faculty and staff during their first few days on campus. It’s a good way to learn how to get around the city safely.

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Experience the “best of both worlds” at Lake Forest College: our beautiful 107-acre campus and access to one of the greatest cities in the world. It’s a combination that gives Lake Forest students an edge and sets us apart from other colleges.

  • Travel to Chicago by train. Students can purchase discounted Metra 10-ride tickets at the Center for Chicago Programs.
    Travel to Chicago by train. Students can purchase discounted Metra 10-ride tickets at the Center for Chicago Programs.
  • With just a flash of their student IDs at the front desk, Lake Forest students get free admission to the Art Institute.
    With just a flash of their student IDs at the front desk, Lake Forest students get free admission to the Art Institute.
  • Faculty travel to Chicago with their classes more than 200 times every academic year—that’s not including individual trips our students take in their free time.
    Faculty travel to Chicago with their classes more than 200 times every academic year—that’s not including individual trips our students take in their free time.
  • 86% of students conduct an internship in Chicago. Our students have worked at places like the Board of Trade, Chicago Public Radio, and the Goodman Theater.
    86% of students conduct an internship in Chicago. Our students have worked at places like the Board of Trade, Chicago Public Radio, and the Goodman Theater.
  • Up to 38 students live in the Loop every semester, where they complete coursework and up to 300 internship hours.
    Up to 38 students live in the Loop every semester, where they complete coursework and up to 300 internship hours.

Located 30 miles north of Chicago, Lake Forest College is roughly an hour train ride from the city. The Metra rail line, located in downtown Lake Forest, is a 15-minute walk from campus and trains run frequently throughout the day.

There are so many ways to make use of all that Chicago has to offer: students and professors use the many resources of Chicago to complement coursework and conduct research, there are hundreds of internships in and around Chicago as well as many networking opportunities with alumni and other professionals. It’s also a ton of fun—with music venues, museums, divvy bikes, sports teams, beaches, and just about any type of food you can imagine. Read what four Foresters have to say about Chicago and learn about their secret gems: “The Moment I Knew Chicago Was Cool (and other secret gems)”


Center for Chicago Programs

The Center for Chicago Programs, located in the Mohr Student Center, is the campus hub for all Chicago-related programming. Providing help with itineraries and transportation, bringing Chicago-area speakers and performers to campus, sponsoring various course-related field trips to the city, and so much more, the Center is your “one-stop-shop” for all things Chicago.


Living In The Loop

Through our Lake Forest College In The Loop residential program students spend a semester living, taking courses, and completing an internship at the College’s Chicago campus. Students reside at The Flats, which is located in the South Loop, the heart of Chicago’s thriving education district.

Latest News about Chicago

  • Students explored the West Loop on a 360 Chicago trip.
    Students had a blast exploring the West Loop on a 360 Chicago trip on Saturday, September 30. Foresters enjoyed a tasty treat at Bombobar, went to the Willis Tower Skydeck, and explored Union Station’s Great Hall. Check out the Center for Chicago Programs Instagram account (@centerforchicagoprograms).
  • Souvenir Music from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893
    On Sunday, October 22, Don Meyer, professor of music, presents a CD album pre-release party to celebrate the launch of his new album, “Souvenir Music from the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.” Three Lake Forest College music faculty perform on the album, share these melodic memories for us live at the concert.
  • More than 420 first-year and transfer students explored Chicago, from the northside Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to the Southside Museum Campus and from examining the human brain to learning about the city’s architecture, on August 22 as part of their orientation to Lake Forest College.

  • Rachel Tenuta ’17 is getting critical behind-the-scenes experience in the world of book publishing as an intern at the University of Chicago Press, the largest and one of the oldest university presses in the United States.