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          “A language isn’t something you learn as much as something you join. –Arika Okrent

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Learn the language while bringing yourself closer to the many beautiful elements of Italy!!!

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ItalCultura  |  500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1405.

Italian Cultural Institute Events Calendar

21 February 2019

Italy in Chicago

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CILS Exam Orientation Seminar (Wednesday, March 13 from 5:30 – 7:30pm)

This seminar introduces students to the various sections of the test, familiarizing them with the formats to help master the exam. Students interested in taking the CILS exam on May 30th should come to this seminar with an idea of the level they wish to take. Registration deadline Monday, February 11th.  No book required for this class. Printed materials will be provided. Instruction in English.  Join the seminar:  CILS Exam Orientation Seminar


CILS Preparatory Course : (Wednesdays Feb 70 – May 29 from 5:30-8:00pm) 

ItalCultura will be offering an intensive preparation course for the CILS exam at the B1 level. Offered by the Universita` per Stranieri di Siena and administered by the Italian Cultural Institute every June and December, the CILS exam is a wonderful occasion for students to officially test their Italian language skills. Students that successfully pass all sections of the exam will receive a certificate issued from the Universita` per Stranieri di Siena, which is recognized by the Italian Government on the basis of an agreement with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Those that do not pass all of the sections will be allowed to retake them the following June or December.

This 13-week, 35-hour course will prepare students for the CILS exam by providing a review of all of the grammar that will be covered on the exam and introducing students to the various sections of the test: listening, reading comprehension, grammatical structures, writing, and oral.  Students interested in registering for this course are kindly asked to take a written placement test to confirm their knowledge of Italian. Please click here to download the test.  $650 course fee + $30 for the study materials.

The next CILS exam will take place on May 30th at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago at 9am. Registration for the CILS exam closes on April 10th. To register for the CILS exam or for questions regarding the exam, please write to .  Join the course:  CILS Preparatory Course


The Official Language School
at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
500 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1405
Chicago, IL 60611-3767
ph 312-245-0652    fax 312-822-9622
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Calendar and Pricing


Late Winter 2019:  Feb 18 - March 25

Spring 2019:  April 1 - June 10

Summer 2019:  June 24 - Sept 4

Fall 2019:  Sept 23 - Dec 7


20-hour group courses: $385

Private lessons: $70/hour

Accelerated Courses $385 for 5-weeks

Accelerated classes meet 2x per week, for 20 hours of instruction.Accelerated A1303

Food Culture


Mondays from 3:00pm - 5:30pm 

April 8th - May 13th

Eataly - 43 E Ohio St

  • April 8th: Trentino-Alto Adige
  • April 15th: Liguria
  • April 22nd: (Easter Monday – no class)
  • April 29th: Lazio
  • May 6th: Campania
  • May 13th: Sicilia

This 5-session class, organized in partnership with ItalCultura, the official language center at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, will introduce students to the language and cuisine of Italy by focusing on a different Italian region each week. The first hour and half of each session will be taught by an ItalCultura language instructor, who will provide an introduction to the culinary history and culture of that region. During the second hour, students will enjoy a demonstration, taught by the chef of Eataly’s cooking school, on how to prepare a classic, regional Italian dish from start to finish. Students will enjoy the finished dish paired with a wine chosen by our beverage expert. This course is aimed at beginner-level Italian speakers who intend to travel to Italy.

This course has a capacity of 16 students. Click this link to register directly from Eataly's website.

Italian Travel Experience

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This 10-hour course provides information on the culture of Italy and its attractions, as well as helpful tips on eating out, shopping, visiting museums and getting around  Italy. It also paves the way to  the standard Italian courses, introducing students to the basics of Italian language, focusing on routine phrases and conventional  expressions that are useful while travelling.  Are you planning to go to  Italy? Do you want to learn a few phrases in Italian and see if you like it? This is the course for you!

No book required for this class. Printed materials will be provided. Instruction in English.

Join the course: Italian Travel Experience

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