Living in Chicago

Living In Chicago

Whether you are new to the area or have lived here for some time, Chicago is a beautiful, dynamic, and friendly city to call home.  The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago is conveniently located near many of the city’s best restaurants, shops, museums, and other cultural venues. The city’s plethora of colleges and universities presents a vibrant student community across the city. Public transportation makes every unique neighborhood easily accessible from downtown, where The French Pastry School is located.

Although it may seem daunting to move to a new big city, it is relatively simple to find a comfortable, affordable, and safe apartment in Chicago. Our team is happy to steer you in the right direction and make recommendations for you on apartment searching resources that can help you find a neighborhood and living situation that is right for you.

Our students thrive in their metropolitan community. While able to enjoy the many activities the city has to offer, they also benefit greatly from the many pastry chefs in the city’s top restaurants, bakeries, cafés, wedding cake boutiques, and other businesses. These chefs welcome our students for stage opportunities, where they can observe fine professionals in action, acquiring real-life experience outside the teaching kitchens.

We are happy to give you suggestions on where to start looking for housing and helpful resources to use in your search; however, The French Pastry School does not provide housing.  Please contact an admissions representative for these resources.

The motto of the city of Chicago is “I will.”  It is the spirit that has always been exemplified in the endeavors of its residents who have always strove for excellence, innovation, and a unique Chicago character, from building some of the nation’s finest architecture to creating extraordinary schools.

 

Chicago Apartment Finders:               
This is a free apartment search service. Call the Apartment Finders at 888-346-3377 or visit their website: www.chicagoapartmentfinders.com.

Chicago Reader:                                 
For apartments and shared accommodations we recommend the Reader, a weekly publication. Their online location is www.chireader.com.

Chicago Tribune Newspaper:                  
A daily local newspaper with rental accommodations, upcoming events, and current news in the Chicago area. You can visit them online at www.chicagotribune.com - under the Real Estate section.

Craigslist:                                      
Search Craigslist for announcements on everything from housing to help wanted ads at www.chicago.craigslist.org.

The Apartment People:                        
The Apartment People is another free apartment finding service. They have several licensed rental agents to help you find the perfect place to suit your needs. Call them at 800.447.3684 or visit them at www.apartmentpeople.com.

Homestay:
http://www.chicagohomestaysearch.com/hosts.php
http://www.homestayfinder.com/Homestay/Chicago.aspx

 

 

Additional Web Sites on Housing:                                        
www.sublet.com                             
www.usacampusrentals.com             
www.rent.net

Furniture & Appliance Rental Services:                                          
These services offer 6-month rental packages for studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. www.chicagofurniture.net

Transportation:                            
Chicago has convenient transportation via CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) buses and elevated/subway trains (the "L"). For more information please see www.transitchicago.com.

Students of The French Pastry School enrolled in full-time programs receive a free “U-Pass” – this is a free transportation pass with unlimited use during the program that is valid on the city trains and busses (not the Metra).

Metropolitan Train Lines (Metra), connecting the city and its suburbs terminate at Union Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center, and Van Buren Stations located only blocks from the school. For more information please visit www.metrarail.com

The South Shore Line, arriving from Indiana, stops at the Van Buren Station.

Short-term visitors may obtain a voucher from The French Pastry School for a discount at the Traders Parking Lot. This lot is less than a block from the school and has entrances from Wells Street, Van Buren, and Franklin. Notify us if you plan on visiting and would like a voucher for a discount. For more information, see the FAQs.