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Chicago Semester Event: Homegrown: Stories from Food Start-Ups in Chicago

Join Chicago Semester in our ongoing celebration of 45 years, serving college students through experiential education programming, as we present Homegrown: Stories from Food Start-Ups in Chicago. This event provides an opportunity to hear stories from entrepreneurs of color working to make an impact on their Chicago neighborhoods through food. Join us as we explore how…
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Chicago Semester is on the move!

The program has signed a lease for a new office space at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart. After 15 years at our location at 11 E. Adams we will move to this innovative, collaborative workspace in mid-June. This move provides significant opportunities for the program to move forward in our strategic priorities to increase our visibility, build…
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Final CS Reflections- Spring 2019

Our Spring 2019 Semester wrapped up last week. We are so proud of everything that our CS’ers accomplished while in Chicago! Below are some final reflections and memories from a couple of our semester bloggers. Thanks for following along this semester!   Anna Vanderwall Chicago semester has given me the opportunity to explore the world…
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Reflections from Annie: A CS Nursing Student

Final Moments in the City   Three days…Three weeks have quickly become three days until the end of the semester. The end of my experience in the city. The end of nursing school. A beginning of my *official* adult life. The beginning of a new start. The beginning of finally contributing to society in a…
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Updates from Chicago Semester!

Chicago Semester celebrates 45 years! On Friday, April 12, Chicago Semester celebrated its 45th Anniversary as a program. Over 125 program alumni, former staff and friends attended this special anniversary celebration and honored significant award recipients. Staff and student volunteers hosted the event at the American Writers Museum downtown in the Loop, raising over $22,000…
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Reflections from Annie: A CS Nursing Student

Oh my stars have the last several weeks flown by with both joys of the happy and bittersweet kinds. Adventures have included exploration of the Chicago Natural History Museum, ’80 & ’90s-themed milkshake bars, the “World’s Best Fried Chicken”, the creamiest of ice creams, the Art Institute, green rivers, the Cheesecake Factory Experience, nostalgia of…
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Reflections from Anna: A CS Student Teacher

These past few weeks have been less adventurous than the first. The busyness of full take over in my 4th grade classroom in Chinatown has been an adventure in and of itself. It has been such a joy to spend time with them and read the work that they create. There have been brief moments…
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Reflections From Vanessa: A CS BSW Student

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” -George Bernard Shaw   Living in the heart of the city has made me grow personally and professionally. If I thought being a college student living alone on campus shaped me to be become an adult, then living in the city alone goes above and…
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Reflections from Anna: A CS Student Teacher

Time has been flying on the wings of the windy city. Since my last post, I have switched placements and submitted my edTPA. Both come with a level of anxiety and stress. The anxiety of entering in to a new place was mixed with the sadness at leaving the old behind. Each of my students…
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Reflections from Vanessa: A CS BSW Student

I am about two months into Chicago Semester I have been able to learn so much and still a lot left to explore. I have found living in the city feels at times like it moves much quicker than it does. I am constantly  busy between my internship, classes, cooking, shopping, wandering around and more….
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