Chicago Campus

How to Get Here

Located at 122 S. Michigan Ave. in the heart of the Loop, NLU’s flagship Chicago campus is an exciting place to take classes and is only a short walk from the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, Grant Park and Lake Michigan.

Visit the getting to NLU page for directions to all NLU locations and information on public transportation and parking options.

Campus Tours

The Office of Student Experience offers campus tours at the Chicago campus to new, returning and prospective students.  To schedule a tour, please complete the schedule a tour form. We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to the NLU signature student experience.  Click here to sign up for a tour!

CTA U-Pass

You are automatically enrolled in the NLU CTA U-Pass program if you are a full-time undergraduate or graduate student taking classes at the NLU Chicago campus (not an online student). Need more info? Visit our U-Pass page.

Gift Shop

Looking to get an NLU sweatshirt? Pens and note cards? The gift shop has what you need. It’s located in the second floor atrium of the Chicago campus. Store hours are Monday-Thursday, 12-5pm. Shopping after hours? Visit For more information, contact the shop manager at 888.658.8632 x3440.


NLU provides free lockers (combination lock included) for students to store bags and books on campus.  To reserve a locker, go to the 6th floor Student Center.

See You at the Movies

Take a break from your studies and take advantage of discounted movie tickets for AMC Loewe's Theaters.  Tickets cost $7 and can be purchased at the Student Finance office on the 2nd floor.

Where to Study

Need to find a quiet place to study before or after class? Chicago has 6 computer labs for student use, 4024, 4036, 4038, 4042(Mac Lab), 4044, and 4046.  Computers and study space are also available in the Student Center on the 6th Floor and in the Library in room 6004.

For more information on all NLU libraries, including hours, resources and floor locations, visit the library home page.

Where to Eat

Vending Machines ar located in the Lounge in room 5007B, and on the 6th Floor outside the Student Center.  The Office of Student Experience also sells Coffee and Tea k-cups at the 2nd Floor Welcome Center and the 6th Floor Student Center.  Students are welcome to relax or eat in 5007B, in the 6th Floor Student Center, or in the 2nd Floor Atrium if no events are taking place.

There are many restaurants within walking distance, including Cosi, Corner Bakery, Gepade Cafe, McDonald's Panda Express, Potbelly, and Pret a Manger, among others.

To get more dining options around the Chicago Campus, use the Google campus map links on the getting to NLU page to search for restaurants in the area.


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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