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Learn from the city firsthand while living in Chicago's historic Hyde Park neighborhood.

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With Chicago Center you'll be exposed to diverse urban communities through an innovative practicum unlike any other in the world.

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For Forty years Chicago Center has been expanding Liberal Arts Education.

"Childhood is Without Prejudice" by Bill Walker

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Chicago Center equips college students and other participants to learn from diverse urban communities through innovative programs, seminars and internships.

The Center expands the traditional classroom with a community-based, first-voice pedagogy that prepares its students for greater self-awareness and global citizenship.

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After her Chicago Internship Program: Shelley’s Apprentice Highlight

June 3rd, 2014

Receiving the opportunity to be a Chicago Center Apprentice was truly a serendipitous occasion.  I had graduated from college roughly half of a year prior and now that I had caught up on some long-overdue sleep and taken time to enjoy my summer months, it was time to be serious and find a big person […]

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After her Chicago Internship Program: Ashley’s Apprentice Highlight

February 5th, 2014

The Urban Apprenticeship is an exciting opportunity we offer Chicago Center alumni that have just graduated college. More than a job it offers opportunities for learning and skill development in a supportive urban learning community. The apprenticeship started in 1990 and grew out of the mutual interests of Chicago Center alums to prolong their contact with Chicago Center […]

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“I took away a lot from each community, every person... everything came together to give me one of the most rewarding and beneficial experiences that I have ever had in my life.”
- Stephanie Kluk, Albion College, Comadres, Fall 2009