Concordia Experience


Explore Chicago

Connecting your CUC education to a world-class city

Concordia University Chicago’s 40-acre suburban campus in upscale River Forest — with access to all the resources of downtown Chicago and our surrounding suburbs — 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 company headquarters? CUC students are able to connect their classroom education to resume-building experiences with organizations like these:

  • 1871 Chicago
  • American Cancer Society 
  • Animal Care League
  • Athletico
  • CBS 2 News
  • Chicago Fire (soccer)
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Comcast
  • Downtown Oak Park (business association)
  • Fujifilm Graphic Services Division
  • Hooke College of Applied Sciences
  • Humanitarian Service Project
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Lookingglass Theatre Company
  • Lydon Contemporary Gallery
  • Kane County Cougars
  • Nature Conservancy 
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Oak Park Festival Theatre 
  • River Forest Police Department
  • Schindler Communications 
  • Stage Left Theatre
  • 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 theater tickets from the Office of Student Leadership to see a Broadway performance
  • Visit more than 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

Famous Chicago attractions

Employers of recent graduates

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

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Chase Bank
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Chicago Police Department
  • Lutheran Child and Family Services
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Metropolitan Family Services, Chicago
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Rush Presbyterian/St. Luke Medical Center