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Study in a Diverse and Cosmopolitan City in the Heart of the US

Chicago, Illinois

Students live in apartments in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, an area lined with quiet streets and classic row houses. The apartment building is also close to the lakefront and the Newberry Library, the base of the ACM Newberry Seminar.

Student housing is an approximately 30-minute commute from the Field Museum in each direction. Students receive a fully loaded public transit card to commute throughout the city, with access to practically every Chicago neighborhood. Students can use Chicago’s extensive public transportation system to explore a variety of neighborhoods, each with its own livelihood, story, and culture – and plenty of delicious food at every turn! World-class theatres, museums, parks and conservatories, beautiful architecture, music venues, and festivals are easily accessible.

Chicago may be a relatively young city, but its history has already been shaped by countless cultures around the world. As a dynamic city pulsing with both history and progress, Chicago expands the liberal arts experience well beyond the classroom.

© Field Museum / Photo by Lucy Hewett

The Field Museum

The Field Museum is home to more than 150 scientists and researchers and nearly 40 million artifacts and specimens. The collection grew out of items on display in the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, and the Field Museum opened in 1894. According to its mission statement, “The Field Museum fuels a journey of discovery across time to enable solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture.” The Field Museum community works to research objects in the Museum’s collections, document previously unknown species, conserve ecosystems, craft exhibitions, educate budding scientists, invite cross-cultural conversation, and more.

Excursions & Travel

Class Excursions

The Visiting Faculty Director will arrange a couple of group excursions during the semester, based on the course topic and participant interest. Excursions in the city will relate to your studies and class discussions.

Exploring Chicago

ACM will provide you with an unlimited CTA pass for your time in Chicago. The pass is valid on all CTA trains and buses. In a large city like Chicago, you can experience a diverse range of cultures and history within the short span of a few train stops. There are plenty of ways to get around the city in your free time, whether you walk, take public transportation, ride your bike, or take a cab.

The Loop, Chicago’s downtown center, has countless large theaters, restaurants, museums, and music venues to explore. Chicago’s downtown area is also home to world-famous architecture, including the Willis Tower (commonly known as the Sears Tower), the second-tallest building in the US.

Outside of the Loop, explore the various communities where Chicagoans live. To the southwest, you’ll find neighborhoods like Pilsen, home to a sizeable Hispanic and Latino population and known for its beautiful street murals, delicious Mexican cuisine, and the National Museum of Mexican Art. Or, architecture enthusiasts can spend a day in Oak Park, home to several buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, including the architect’s very own home and studio.

By moving south, you can explore Chinatown’s various shops and restaurants, or venture to Hyde Park to visit Chicago’s famous Museum of Science and Industry. A trip to Bronzeville, a well-known African-American neighborhood, will show you some of the area’s many community centers and activist organizations.

To the north, you can enjoy Lincoln Park’s free zoo and conservatory, or enjoy a day at a ball game at Lakeview’s historic Wrigley Field. Spend a day relaxing at Montrose Beach, or visit small Vietnamese restaurants and shops on Argyle Street before heading over to Uptown to see a music performance at the Aragon Ballroom. In Chicago, the opportunities to explore are limitless!