ID and Chicago

Chicago’s lure and its beauty: its ability to take what was and figure out what could be.
Alex Kotlowicz

Chicago—the “Second City,” the Windy City, the City of the Big Shoulders. Chicago is ID’s home, and has been since our founding in 1937. It’s a global city where the world’s first skyscrapers were erected, where hot dogs dragged through the garden and deep dish pizza were perfected, and where modern improvisational comedy was invented.

It's the third largest US city, and its museums are among the world's best—including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Design Museum of Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Students often get discounted entry to these institutions, and all Illinois Tech students get free entry to the MCA

Rooted in Chicago

When you join us at ID, you also become part of a fascinating and diverse city of 2.7 million people who live in a patchwork of neighborhoods. Today, ID’s home is on the South Side in Bronzeville on the Illinois Tech Mies Campus—the largest concentration of Mies van der Rohe buildings in the world

In Chicago, you experience the advantages of city life while enjoying the support of ID and Illinois Tech resources.

Key to your success

ID’s partnerships with Chicago institutions across sectors position our students for success. Through internships, sponsored research, workshops, and other opportunities, students gain practical experience as early as their first semester with Chicago businesses and nonprofits like Calumet Collaborative, Conifer, Eataly, IA Collaborative, INSITUM, Jane Addams Hull House, MacArthur Foundation, McDonald’s, mHUB, Motorola, Plant Chicago, UChicago Medicine, Urban Juncture, and Zebra Technologies.