Why Chicago is our Favourite J1 City

Why Chicago is our Favourite J1 City

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Ah Chicago! “The Windy City”, “Chi-Town”, “The City of Big Shoulders” all these names given to the beautiful city over the years, but one thing remains the same – the atmosphere, the pride and acceptance this city has for everyone!

Here are some reasons why we think Chicago is the King of the J1 in 2018 and it’s not just us saying this!

It’s one of the biggest cities in the US with a population that’s unbelievably proud of its city.

Forget New York and Los Angeles, this cities skyline is built on innovation and history! The first ever skyscraper was built in Chicago.

Not Just a Concrete Block!

Chicago has 15 miles of bathing beaches and 26 miles of coastline. Located on Lake Michigan, this inland city has some surprising beach fronts!

Home of The Deep Dish Pizza

When it comes to food, Chicago is where it’s at!  Chicago hosts the world’s largest free outdoor food festival!

Zero FOMO Guaranteed

Chicago hosts some of the best festivals in the world! With over 100 happening in the city during the summer months. Most well-known – Lollapalooza. You won’t be shy of a weekend activity here!

Pride Without the Arrogance

Unlike it’s Easy and West coast counterparts, Chicagoan’s are almost as modest as us Irish. They love their city and love sharing  that pride with new comers!

Chicagoan’s Love The Irish!

From dying their river green for Paddy’s Day to an insane number of Irish bars, Chicago knows how to make us Irish feel at home!

No Need to Cram as Many People as Possible into a One Room Apartment

With cost of rent in Chicago being lower than New York, San Francisco and San Diego

Instead of living like this…

You could be living with a little bit more room to yourself

A City Booming With Culture

Chicago has some of the most amazing museums, galleries and architecture to rival even the most cultured European cities! From The Art Institute of Chicago holding the second biggest collection of impressionist paintings in the world, with The Louvre, Paris, in first place to having the first gay rights group in the USA formed in this fantastic city.


We have a silly amount of jobs ready to go in Chicago with just one of our partnered employers ready to hire over 100 Irish J1 students alone!