Concordia Experience

Explore Chicago

Connecting your education to a world-class city

Concordia University Chicago’s 40-acre suburban campus in upscale River Forest is like a small town with a big backyard—downtown Chicago is only a short 20 minute ride on the “L”. Our location offers important advantages not found in many other schools of similar size. Whether students have a passion for the arts, sports, or culture, they will find infinite opportunities to explore their interests, find meaningful internships and meet future employers.

Experiential Learning

The greater Chicagoland area is an extended, hands-on, classroom for you. Many CUC students have had the following opportunities:

  • Accounting students picked up valuable job tips at Deloitte
  • Students learned insider aspect of retail marketing and merchandising while visiting Whole Foods Market
  • Marketing students benefited from professional seminars at the annual Direct Marketing Convention
  • Art students viewed the collections at the Art Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Geography students immersed themselves in cultures while touring several Chicago neighborhoods (Ukrainian Village, Chinatown, Pilsen) and visiting cultural museums and authentic restaurants
  • Business and communications students got a glimpse of real-world public relations while meeting with executives at Edelman, an international public relations agency

Recent internship locations

Did you know the Chicagoland area is home to more than 30 Fortune 500 companies? CUC students are able connect their classroom education to resume building experiences in the offices of:

  • American Cancer Society 
  • Chicago Bandits (women's professional softball)
  • Comcast
  • Hooke College of Applied Sciences
  • Humanitarian Service Project
  • Lydon Contemporary Gallery
  • Oak Park Festival Theatre 
  • Schindler Communications 
  • WGN Television 

Fun in the city

With a short walk to the “L” and a 20-minute train ride, you're in downtown Chicago with plenty of opportunities to:

  • Fill up on deep dish pizza
  • Play beach volleyball at North Avenue Beach
  • Check out the latest music concerts at the Aragon Ballroom, Vic, House of Blues, Metro, Riviera or Double Door
  • Buy discounted theatre tickets from the Office of Student Leadership to see a Broadway performance
  • Visit over 15 museums on free days
  • Cheer on the Cubs, Sox, Bears, Bulls or Blackhawks
  • Explore over 70 diverse neighborhoods like: Chinatown, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Printer's Row and Wrigleyville

Employers of recent graduates

Many of former CUC students begin their professional careers with employers located in the Chicagoland area such as:

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Chase Bank
  • Chicago Police Department
  • Lutheran Child and Family Services
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Rush Presbyterian/St. Luke Medical Center