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Welcome to Chicago and the River North Neighborhood

Immerse yourself in one of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

Advance your career in the rich community artists and entrepreneurs call home. An old warehouse district, the River North neighborhood in Chicago is one of the city’s renowned areas for fashion, artistry, food and fun.

With hundreds of schools and programs, Chicago is the ideal city in which to study child development. Make a positive impact and enrich your life at Erikson Institute.

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Things to Do

Step Beyond Campus. Experience City Living at Its Best.

With art studios and galleries, 5-star restaurants and comfy cafes, comedy shows and musical performances, a lively nightlife and historical tours, Chicago’s River North neighborhood is an entirely unique city living experience.

Cafes & Restaurants

Visit a local coffee shop in the morning before class, dine out at one of the dozens of top-rated lunch spots and restaurants, and then enjoy a night out with live entertainment.

Field Placements

Many Erikson students’ programs include field placement in a variety of relevant settings in Chicago and our surrounding communities. Work with children in a unique field setting while attending Erikson.

Art Studios & Galleries

Take a break from your work and studies to explore the local museums, art galleries, and historic tours. With hundreds of ways to spend the day, Chicago offers exciting experiences for your unique interests.

Chicago Riverwalk & Trails

Just minutes from the Erikson campus, the award-winning Chicago Riverwalk and surrounding nature trails provide ample opportunity for exploration and exercise.

River North Resident
“ Very convenient, plenty of things to do, and great commute options. There’s the “L” and Metra, Divvy and Uber, or ZipCar. You don’t need a car as many places are walking distance. For those cold snowy nights, Uber is usually $6-10 pending where you’re going! ”
River North Resident
“ The neighborhood is very centralized in Chicago, about a 10 minute walk to the loop, and public transportation is close by and accessible. The area is overall pretty safe! ”

Erikson Campus

Attend Class at our State-of-the-Art Campus Building

Our campus is exclusively designed for child development education and research.

Custom-Built Facility

Built specifically for our educational, research, and clinical activities, the 75,000 square foot three-floor facility features everything students need for academic success.

High-Tech Classrooms

Stay connected in the classroom and between classes. With embedded technology features, our campus takes a modern approach to child development education.

Seminar Spaces

Designed for conversation, our seminar spaces provide the space needed for engaging group-based conversations and discussions centered on child development.

Open to students, staff, faculty, and alumni, the Erikson Library provides computers, study rooms, and thousands of resources.

Child-Friendly Research Space

To conduct research on campus, our facilities also feature the space for the research and service programs we offer that directly serve the needs of children and families, and our community.

Chicago public transport train

Getting Around Town

Access the University Pass & Explore the City

All eligible full-time students get the U-Pass.

As in all cities, parking is costly and hard to find. That’s why Erikson participates in the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) University Pass (U-Pass) program.

All eligible full-time students get a significantly discounted semester pass for unlimited rides on all CTA buses, PACE buses, and city trains.


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The Erikson Community

Enter the Community. Embark on Your Path at Erikson.

Whether on campus or remote, in Chicago or calling in from your home turf, Erikson is more than a campus or cityscape.

We share a mission to educate, inspire, and promote leadership that supports children and their families in reaching their fullest potential. If you believe in this mission, Erikson is already your home.

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