Explore Chicago

Explore Chicago

Renowned as a cultural center of art, architecture, theater and more, Chicago is one of the 25 largest cities in the world and ranks eighth among urban centers designated as "alpha world cities" by the World Cities Study Group at England’s Loughborough University. It’s no wonder more than 30 million tourists from all over the world come through Chicago every year.

Students at Harrington College of Design join a unique vertical campus in downtown Chicago, where over 50,000 students attend more than 20 institutions of higher education. Students can run and bike along the lakefront, sunbathe or play volleyball at Oak Street Beach, visit galleries in the River North neighborhood, shop the Magnificent Mile, dine at countless ethnic restaurants and enjoy the nightlife offered by this world-class city.


  • Steppenwolf Theater Company
  • The Goodman Theater
  • Second City
  • Hubbard Street Dance Company

The downtown Loop is a living museum of public art and sculpture with works by Picasso, Calder, Matisse, Bertoia, Chagall, and Miro. Libraries, galleries, museums, theaters, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera are all within easy walking distance.


Chicago’s long-standing contributions to global culture are evidenced by its rich architectural history, which spans from the world’s first skyscraper and legacy of Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Chicago School to the new Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.


Harrington students have unparalleled access to designer resources:

  • Showroom galleries in the sprawling Chicago Merchandise Mart exhibit the best of contemporary furnishings, textiles and accessories and are a magnet for designers and downtown design and photo studios.
  • The Chicago School of architecture is famous around the nation. Students have daily contact with its finest examples, from landmark architecture to the most dynamic contemporary designs.
  • Chicago hosts NeoCon, one of the largest trade fairs for the design and management of the built environment – as well as several other trade shows integral to the design community.