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  • International student from China at Roosevelt University

    "This is actually my first time leaving my hometown. I came here to explore my brand new life. I love Chicago and enjoy the studies here - and I don't even feel homesick! I'm a member of the International Student Union (ISU). It helps international students make new friends, and you can learn many different cultures because of the diverse student population. I like seeing Lake Michigan while I'm studying in the University library, and I love the city's cultural setting. There are so many museums here, and I've visited almost all of them! I've also taken boat tours, sightseeing trips and watched ballet performances."

    Xinyu (Lucy) Liu from China, MS Integrated Marketing Communications

Location of Roosevelt University in Chicago

Roosevelt University's main campus is a number of buildings within a few blocks of each other in downtown Chicago: where academics, culture and recreation, and commerce converge. A world-class location for international students in the USA!

Roosevelt University - Front and Center

Roosevelt University in Chicago is located in the heart of all the action, right on Michigan Avenue, in the area known as the 'loop'. Its ideal location opens a world of social and academic opportunity for students. Located directly across the street is Grant Park (aka Roosevelt's quad) with Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bean and the lakefront.

A 2015 poll conducted by Trip Advisor lists severalsites in the "Best" category that are within two blocks from the International Study Center at Roosevelt University:

#1 - Art Institute of Chicago (Best Museum in the World 2014)
#2 - Millennium Park
#3 - Cloud Gate
#7 - Michigan Avenue
#13 - Symphony Center
#15 - Chicago Cultural Center
#17 - Maggie Daley Park

Study in Downtown Chicago

Transportation to and within Chicago

Chicago is a major transportation hub easily accessible by flights from all over the world. Direct flights to and from Chicago are available from most major cities in the USA.

International Airports

  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is considered the 2nd busiest airport in the world
  • Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) serves primarily domestic flights

Travel within the United States

By train: The Chicago Union Station, about 1 mile from campus, is owned and operated by Amtrak, offering long distance trains throughout the United States.

By bus: The Chicago Greyhound Station is 1.4 miles from campus, offering bus service to several cities in America.

LOCAL Public Transportation

Chicago has an excellent train and bus service run by the Chicago Transit Authority, connecting downtown Chicago to the greater Chicago metropolis. Buses and elevated trains known locally as the "L" train are affordable and offer connections to get around the city.

Nearest subway station: 0.1 miles
Nearest bus stop: 0.1 miles

Chicago Loop - the Pulse of the City

The name 'loop' comes from the cable cars that turned loops in central Chicago many years ago. Now it is a fitting name for the downtown area that has it all. The Chicago Loop is the main business district and the center for culture, entertainment and shopping. Everything in the downtown core is within walking distance including the Magnificent Mile shopping district, and the Theater and nightlife districts.

Chicago - a Commercial Hub

The city is the 3rd most populated in the USA - after New York City and Los Angeles, and a major world financial center. Chicago is ranked #5 most important business center in the world in the 2008 Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index. The metropolitan area is home to many Fortune Global 500 companies and Financial Times 500 companies. Chicago offers fabulous opportunities for students to succeed in the business world.

Chicago - an Academic Center

A hub of higher education and research, 3 universities in Chicago are large world-renowned research universities: Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago. The city also has a large concentration of graduate schools and theological colleges.

Chicago - Cultural and Recreation Mecca

  • 200 art galleries
  • historical buildings and outstanding architecture (The Chicago school architectural style began here!)
  • 200 theaters for live entertainment
  • 552 parks - Chicago's location on the shores of Lake Michigan offer miles of lakefront, beaches and bicycle paths
  • over 7,000 restaurants
  • wide variety of music and dance clubs (Blues, Jazz, and more)


Chicago is in a humid continental climate zone and experiences 4 distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid with heat waves that may last for several days. However, along the shores of Lake Michigan, cooler summer breezes can be enjoyed. Winters are cold, snowy, and windy. Spring tends to be rainy, but mild. Falls are pleasant with low humidity. Check the current weather conditions.

Chicago Facts

  • Geographic region: Midwest USA 
  • Urban region: "Great Lakes Megalopolis" 
  • State: Illinois 
  • Size: 3rd largest city in the USA
  • Population: 2.7 million (city of Chicago), 9.7 million (metropolitan area)
  • Climate: 4 distinct seasons
  • Timezone: Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
  • Nicknames: The Windy City, Chi-Town, City of the Big Shoulders, The Jewel of the Midwest, City in a Garden

  • Chicago Transit Authority

    Local Transport Pass For Students

    Students at Roosevelt University have the convenience of a local transport pass from Chicago Transit Authority (CTA):

    • U-Pass is mandatory for full-time students
    • It offers affordable public transportation
    • A non-refundable fee is charged (see fees page for details)
    • U-Pass is valid from 5 days before semester start to 5 days after semester's end
    • It is offered during Fall and Spring semester, but not during the summer
    • U-Pass offers unlimited rides on any CTA bus or train in Chicago
    • U-Pass is NOT valid for travel on suburban buses or commuter trains
    • The U-Pass card has your photo and name on

    More about the U-Pass

Chicago Trivia

  • Home of the world's largest public library, named after Harold Washington - a Roosevelt University graduate and Chicago's mayor from 1983-87 
  • Tallest building in the western hemisphere: Willis (formerly Sears) Tower
  • Chicago has 6 underground tunnel systems: for pedestrians (Pedway), for subway trains, for cable car mechanism, and to prevent flooding during storms!