2024 Chicagoland Counselor Tour

July 12, 2024 – July 18, 2024
“**Formal registration for 2024 is closed, but please indicate your interest if you would like to be considered for our waitlist**

In its 11th year, the Chicagoland Counselor Tour provides an opportunity for you to visit eight diverse Chicagoland institutions, and to explore the culture, entertainment, history, and cuisine of the city of Chicago. This form is an expression of interest for the July 2024 Chicagoland Counselor Tour, 

Columbia College Chicago

DePaul University

Illinois Institute of Technology

Loyola University Chicago

Northwestern University

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

University of Chicago

Quotes from Previous Participants:

"Thank you so much for an amazing tour. I learned so much about the city of Chicago, but also the
personalities of all the institutions. Chicago is a great city for international students, and I can't wait
to suggest it to more of my students. I know a lot of time and effort went into making this event happen,
and I just want everyone to know that I greatly appreciate being invited, included, and taken care of
during this event. A great week, and I would suggest it to any counselor!"

"This was an amazing tour. The staff at each university and college were nice and gave us the
precise information about their school to get the feel of each one. The other attendees on the tour
were awesome people, and I made new colleagues and friends. Thank you for having me
on your tour."

"This is definitely a worthwhile tour. The quality of the schools and their hosting of the counselors made this a tour that I would always recommend."

"The group was small enough that we could easily meet each other and have group conversations, but large enough that we had some great variety in countries represented and experiences to share."

"This group was easy to move from one location to the next. The size contributed to meaningful exchanges and discussion. We were able to learn from each other as much as from our visit."

"We could actually get a lot of attention from college reps."

"[This tour] allowed me to see things in Chicago I hadn't seen before, which I can now share with students interested in Chicago for school."

"I loved the possibility of being able to explore the city. Thank you very much for thinking about this!"

"Pre-departure communication was very prompt and thorough."

"You included everything we would possibly ask or need to prepare for the visit."

"Thank you very much to all for such a wonderful experience. I will surely tell my students about each one of your institutions and about Chicago."

COSTS INCLUDED (paid by the host institutions):

  • Transportation within Chicago between participating universities and planned events
  • Lodging in single rooms at a riverfront hotel in downtown Chicago
  • Event meals (2-3 per day)

Costs NOT Included (paid by the participant):

  • Airfare to/from Chicago - O'Hare (ORD) or Midway (MDW) airports
  • Airport transfer (multiple suggestions will be provided)
  • Meals outside planned events as well as other personal expenses
  • Hotel room upgrades and additional guests (family or friends), if applicable
  • Lodging in Chicago after Friday, July 18, if applicable
  • Expenses related to COVID-19 vaccinations and/or testing 


To maintain the quality of experience desired by both tour participants and host institutions, the tour can accommodate a maximum of 30 counselors. For this reason, only 1 counselor per school is permitted to attend. All attendees will be expected to participate in all planned activities through the end of the tour.

Priority to attend will be given to those counselors who register first. However, if interest in the tour exceeds capacity, the final list of attendees will be determined by a committee of admission staff from all participating institutions and will take institutional considerations as well as geographic diversity into account. Interested counselors should not make flight arrangements until they have been confirmed as attendees.

The Chicagoland Counselor Tour Planning Committee