Experience student life in one of Chicago’s most uniquely atmospheric districts: the only island on the Chicago River, located in a central neighborhood near Wicker Park, Bucktown, the Loop and Old Town.
Les Roches’ renovated building is a century old and part of an innovative redevelopment project repurposing industrial buildings as technology companies, retail businesses, creative loft/office space and Kendall College, which has a nationally acclaimed culinary school.
Riverfront parks and destination restaurants complete the picture of the evolving urban oasis that is Goose Island – also known by locals as Innovation Island and Goose Island 2.0.
Study in comfort, convenience and security
Both the Les Roches and Kendall campuses are on the southern end of Goose Island, in the thoughtfully redesigned former headquarters of the Sara Lee Corporation. The onetime research and design facility has been adapted to accommodate students of the culinary and hospitality arts, providing light, spacious classrooms, state-of-the-art kitchens, realistic demonstration areas (rooms, front of house) and other purpose-built spaces for experiential learning.
Rooms with a view
In the Chicago real estate market, it is rare to find accommodation in a high rise building in the heart of the city, complete with river views, fitness and business centers, free Wifi and 24/7 security. At Les Roches, students enjoy all of the above at The Infinite, an inviting modern residence in close proximity to public transportation, parks, entertainment venues, shopping and restaurants.
More than a meal plan
As a forum of future hospitality leaders, of course we could not settle for a typical school cafeteria. At Les Roches, students have dining options ranging from casual to haute cuisine, including the Daily Grind coffee shop and the Michelin Guide-recommended Dining Room at Kendall College, touted by Chicago Reader as “one of the best fine dining deals in town.”
Hospitality is by nature a friendly business, so Les Roches is a social campus both in and out of class.
The Les Roches Student Social Committee does its part to make sure students never get bored, planning cultural outings, dinner parties, mixers, trivia nights and other community-building events.
Due to the proximity of Kendall College, Goose Island has a large student population and plenty of opportunities to develop a strong social network.
There are countless benefits to studying in one of the most visited cities in the U.S. – especially for aspiring hospitality management professionals. To accommodate nearly 50 million annual visitors, Chicago has increased its tourism-related employment by more than 6% since 2011, creating 136,000 well paying, career oriented jobs. But as much work as there is to be found there, Chicago is a city that knows how to have fun. See what’s waiting for you in the Windy City: