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  • Les Roches Chicago

    Riverworks Campus

Centrally located

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.

Make yourself at Home

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.” 

Explore after class

The Riverworks Campus is conveniently located for after-school adventures, with adjacent neighborhoods including Old Town, Ukrainian Village and Bucktown.

The nearby Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in America and one of the rare zoos that offers free admission. It’s a short bike or public transportation ride to The Loop, Chicago’s central business district and home to iconic attractions like Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Fans of boutique shopping, café culture and new music will appreciate Wicker Park, while partisans of coffee shops and farmer’s markets gravitate to laid-back Logan Square. 

Social life

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. 

Recreational outlets

Chicago’s 26 miles of lakefront and newly constructed Riverwalk make it an exceptional city for outdoor sports including cycling, rollerblading, running, sailing, rowing and windsurfing.

Students can join local leagues for baseball, soccer, tennis, football, basketball and other team sports, while partisans of indoor exercise will have their pick of gyms, yoga studios and fitness clubs.

Whatever your exercise preference, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to stay active and sustain a healthy work-life balance at Les Roches. 

Opportunity at your doorstep

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:

 

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