Living in Chicago | The French Pastry School

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 also presents a vibrant student community across the city.

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

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.  Public transportation also makes every unique neighborhood easily accessible from downtown, where the school is located.  The French Pastry School does not provide housing but our team is happy to make recommendations for you on apartment searching resources that can help you find a neighborhood and living situation that is right for you. 

Apartment Finding Resources:  Please click here.

 

Transportation:

“L” Trains and Buses

Chicago has convenient transportation via CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) buses and elevated/subway trains (the "L"). For more information, please visit 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 city trains and busses (not the Metra) during your time as a student.

Metra Trains

Metropolitan Train Lines (Metra), connecting the city with the 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.

Parking

Short-term visitors may obtain a voucher from The French Pastry School for a discount at the Traders Parking Lot (326 South Wells Street). This lot is less than a block from the school and has entrances from Wells, Van Buren, and Franklin. Please see office staff to obtain a discount voucher for your visit. 

 

Please contact an admissions representative if you have questions about moving to Chicago.