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The educational opportunities in Chicago are vast, catering to all ages and interests. From preschool to PhD programs, this city is equipped to produce some of the world’s leading minds. In addition to public and private primary schools, Chicago is home to some of the most successful and well-known universities in the country. Northwestern, University of Chicago, DePaul and the University of Illinois are but a few of the top-ranked institutions of higher learning located here. There are also quite a few excellent vocational schools in Chicago that train students for all sorts of careers and trades, including culinary arts, computer technology, massage therapy, automobile repair, and everything in between.

There are 655 educational facilities in the Chicago Public School system, which includes 483 elementary and middle school locations, 116 high schools, and 56 charter school sites. Approximately 408,000 students are enrolled in CPS and the average pupil-to-teacher ratio is 21.1:1 for elementary level and 19.6:1 for high school level. CPS has an annual operating budget of $4.6 billion.

Resource: Chicago Public Schools (CPS)

Chicagoland is home to some of the most successful and well-known universities in the world. Northwestern, University of Chicago, DePaul and the University of Illinois are but a few of the institutions of higher learning available in Chicago. But it is also known to have a great and strong public school system, as well as many notable private schools.


Major Public Colleges and Universities in Chicagoland:

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (enrollment: 24,942, Location: 1200 West Harrison Street, Web:
  • Harry S. Truman College (enrollment: 14,147, Location: 1145 W Wilson Ave, Web:
  • Wilbur Wright College (enrollment: 12,015, Location: 4300 N Narragansett, Web:
  • Northeastern Illinois University (enrollment: 10,941, Location: 5500 N St. Louis Ave, Web:
  • Governors State University (enrollment: 8,800, Location: University Park, Web:
  • Malcolm X College (enrollment: 8,638, Location: 1900 W. Van Buren, Web:
  • Richard J. Daley College (enrollment: 9,800, Location: 7500 S Pulaski, Web:
  • Harold Washington College (enrollment: 8,147, Location: 300 E Lake, Web:
  • Olive-Harvey College (enrollment: 6,569, Location: 10001 S Woodlawn, Web:
  • Chicago State University (enrollment: 6,914, Location: 9501 S King Drive, Web:
  • Kennedy-King College (enrollment: 6,029, Location: 6800 S Wentworth, Web:

Major Private Colleges and Universities in Chicagoland (with over 4000 enrolled):

  • DePaul University (enrollment: 19,549, Location: 19 E Jackson, Web:
  • Northwestern University (enrollment: 17,041, Location: 633 Clark St Evanston, Web:
  • Loyola University of Chicago (enrollment: 13,359, Location: 6525 N Sheridan, Web:
  • University of Chicago (enrollment: 12,531, Location: 5801 S Ellis, Web:
  • Columbia College (enrollment: 9,056, Location: 600 S Michigan, Web:
  • Roosevelt University (enrollment: 7,359, Location: 430 S Michigan, Web:
  • National-Louis University (enrollment: 7,222, Location: 122 S Michigan, Web:
  • Illinois Institute of Technology (enrollment: 6,003, Location: 330 S Federal, Web:
  • Robert Morris College (enrollment: 4,941, Location: 401 S State, Web:
  • Lewis University (enrollment: 4,108, Location: 2122 York Schaumburg, Web:
  • St. Xavier College (enrollment: 4,602, Location: 3700 W 103rd, Web:
  • DeVry Institute of Technology (enrollment: 4,001, Location: 3300 N Campbell Web:

Magnet Elementary Schools in Chicago:

Beasley Academic Ctr., Black School, Burnside Scholastic, Decatur Classical , Disney Magnet School, Ericson Scholastic, Franklin Fine Arts, Galileo Scholastic, Gallistel Language, Goodlow School, Gunsaulus Scholastic, Hawthorne Scholastic, Inter-Amercian, Jackson Language, Jensen Scholastic, Kanoon School, LaSalle Language, McDade Classical, Murray Language, Newberry Academy, Owen Scholastic, Pershing School, Poe Classical School, Randolph School, Sabin School, Saucedo Scholastic, Sheridan Math/Science, Skinner Classical, Stone Scholastic, Thorp Scholastic, Turner-Drew Language, Vanderpoel School for the Humanities

Magnet Secondary Schools in Chicago:

Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Curie Metropolitan High School, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, Gwendolyn Brooks High School, Jones Academic High School, Lane Technical High School, Linblom College Prep High School, Northside College Prep High School, Walter Payton College Prep, Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Ctr., Whitney Young High School

Charter Schools in Chicago:

Academy of Communications and Technology, Alain Locke Academy, Betty Shabazz International School, Chicago Children's Choir School, Chicago International School, Lawndale Educational Regional Network, Noble Street Charter High School, North Kenwood/Oakland School, North Lawndale College Prep, Octavio Paz School, Passages School, Perspectives School, Triumphant Middle School, Young Women's Leadership School, Youth Connection School

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