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Visit the Erikson Institute

The best way to find out if Erikson is the right place for you is to visit and get a feel for what we’re all about.

Our downtown Chicago campus is currently open for visitors who are in compliance with the COVID-19 visitor protocol listed below. Visits and tours must be scheduled in advance by emailing admissions. Visit Erikson to talk with faculty, staff, and students and learn more about our programs and scholarship opportunities. Find out about our upcoming admission events.

If you are unable to visit campus in person, you can take a virtual tour with the video below.

Facilities

Erikson’s campus was built specifically for our educational, research, and clinical activities. With nearly 75,000 square feet on three floors, the campus features high-tech classrooms and seminar spaces, teaming rooms and group study rooms, and space for research and programs that directly serve children and families.

The building’s two-story dedicated lobby entrance and prominent street signage give Erikson striking visibility in Chicago’s vibrant River North neighborhood.

Access for those with special needs

Erikson is barrier-free and fully accessible. If you need assistance or accommodation, please contact the Erikson reception desk at (312)755-2250 in advance or upon arrival.

Location, Directions, and Accommodations

Directions by Car

From Lake Shore Drive, northbound or southbound

  • Exit at Illinois/Grand Avenue.
  • Take Grand Avenue approximately 1 mile west to LaSalle Street
  • Turn left (south) on LaSalle. Erikson is one block south on the left, on the corner of LaSalle and Illinois.

From I-90/94 (Kennedy expressway), northbound or southbound

  • Exit at Ohio Street
  • Continue east on Ohio approximately one mile to LaSalle Street.
  • Turn right (south) on LaSalle. Erikson is one block south on the left, on the corner of LaSalle and Illinois.

From I-290 (Eisenhower expressway)

  • Take I-90/94 West exit toward Milwaukee.
  • Exit at Ohio Street.
  • Continue east on Ohio approximately one mile to LaSalle Street.
  • Turn right (south) on LaSalle. Erikson is one block south on the left, on the corner of LaSalle and Illinois.

Directions by Public Transportation

Erikson is easily accessible via public transportation.

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

  • The Chicago Transit Authority’s #65 Grand Avenue and #156 LaSalle bus routes serve our location.
  • The #22, #29, and #36 buses and the Grand subway stop on the CTA Red Line train are within three blocks.
  • The Brown/Purple Line Merchandise Mart stop is only two blocks away.

Additional routing and fare information can be found on their site.

Visit the Chicago Transit Authority

Metra

Several Metra rail lines also serve the downtown Chicago area.

Visit the Regional Transportation Authority for information

Parking

Discounted parking is available at four locations with proper validation.

  • Laz Parking, 505 N. Orleans St: Any 12 hours, Daily rate $10 Monday-Friday.
  • MartParc Wells, 401 N. Wells St: 12-hour Daily rate $16 before 3 pm / $10 after 3 pm Monday-Saturday.
  • MartParc Orleans 437 N. Orleans Street Daily rate $14 before 3pm $10 after 3pm Monday- Saturday.

Note: To receive discounted rates, request validation from the security desk in the main lobby. Please make sure to note the garage where you parked to receive the correct validation.

Hotel Accommodation

The Triplex Downtown Chicago River North is located one block from Erikson, and includes Aloft Chicago City CenterHyatt Place Chicago River North, and Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago River North. All three hotels offer discounted rates for standard king rooms to Erikson students, faculty, staff, and friends:

  • Reservations for Aloft (use Corporate Account number 430602) can be booked either by telephone at (312) 661-1000 or online at www.aloftchicagocitycenter.com.
  • Reservations for Hyatt Place can be made by calling (888) 735-2978 and referencing the Erikson Institute rate (use Corporate Code 46149) when booking, or online at www.chicagorivernorth.place.hyatt.com.
  • Reservations can be made at the Fairfield Inn & Suites (use Corporate Code 2KI) by calling (312) 836-1700 or through their website at www.fairfieldinnrivernorth.com.

COVID-19 Protocol

Erikson will encourage, but not require faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear masks on campus, starting March 4, 2022.

Events and tours will be as socially distanced as possible with sanitization stations will be set up throughout the facility. By attending an Erikson event, you agree to follow Erikson’s safety protocols and procedures to ensure a healthy and comfortable community of learners. 

Exterior of the Erikson building

Take a Virtual Tour

We are happy to set up an individual visit for you on weekdays throughout the year.

We have availability 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, September through June. We are closed on all major national holidays. Please email admissions for additional information.

Email Admissions

Admission Events

Even in the pandemic, we continue to hold admission events.

Join us virtually to learn more about our Graduate Programs, Student Support Services, and Financial Aid. See all of the upcoming information sessions.

Graduate Fairs

Come see us “on the road” at any of these in-person or virtual graduate school fairs, information sessions and more.

You can learn more about our graduate school programs in Child Development, Social Work, and Early Childhood Education at each school’s graduate school fair. Details and costs may vary so be sure to check out the school’s website or included registration link for more information.

Spring Events

Woman teaching a class

Experience Erikson Institute’s Culture

Learn more about our unique culture where our small class sizes and easy access to faculty foster strong learning relationships.

We are committed to providing personalized support to our students so that they may achieve academic success and a positive and rewarding student experience.