Life in Chicago

Students look over a bridge at the Chicago skyline

The home of the Italian beef, deep-dish pizza, and the Vienna Beef hot dog (hold the ketchup!) is also the city that gave us the skyscraper, open-heart surgery, and reverse-flowing river technology. There's no place else like Chicago, and we're proud to call the Windy City our home.

As a student in Chicago, you'll have access to a thriving metropolis with a rich cultural history. One of the largest cities in the world, Chicago is a fantastic place for entertainment and culture of all kinds, from sporting events to art museums and everything in between.

Culture and Activities

Whether you're into art, sports, music, food, improv, shopping, outdoor spaces, museums, architecture, or all of the above and then some, Chicago is a go-anywhere, do-anything city that welcomes you to define your own experience. One thing is for certain: you will never be bored.


"Midwestern nice" sums up the Chicago vibe. We're a big city where people look out for one another. And we're diverse—77 neighborhoods make up Chicago. Surrounding Mies Campus you'll find the funky Bridgeport neighborhood, historic Bronzeville, and the lively Chinatown. Chicago is a town with more languages than you can count—and a place where the smile unites us.

Thriving Tech Ecosystem

Chicago is a great global city (just ask Google, Grubhub, Boeing, Orbitz, or any of the thousands of other companies with headquarters here). What does that mean for Illinois Tech students? Access to jobs in a diverse range of industries including a fast-growing tech sector. Illinois Tech is a pipeline for talent in Chicago, a city where an Illinois Tech degree is recognized and rewarded.

Sweet Home Chicago

Reasons Why the Second City Is the Best City


Best Big City

—Condé Nast Traveler (Readers' Choice Awards)



Top 10

Cities for Technology Careers

—CIO Magazine

“Coming from a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Chicago feels like a world of endless possibilities and opportunities. Through Illinois Tech I've gotten to visit some of the largest national laboratories, such as Argonne and Fermilab, and have reached out to other companies throughout the city.”

—Katja Berthold (Mechanical Engineering 4th Year), Honolulu

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