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Explore Italy Around Chicago

By llaria Piani, Italian Teacher in Chicago

Are you interested in taking Italian lessons in Chicago? Taking a vacation to explore Italy is a dream of most Americans. You don’t have to travel thousands of miles or spend a lot of money, however, to get a taste of the Italy. Chicago has many points of interest for students to explore and practice their Italian from museums to restaurants and more. Start by visiting the “Little Italy” neighborhood, just south of the Eisenhower Expressway. Taylor St. has popularly been known as Chicago’s Little Italy. Little Italy is home to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, a nonprofit organization that recognizes outstanding American athletes of Italian descent. If you love sports and Italy, this is an amazing place for you to go.

What’s more, every August, the neighborhood hosts the Chicago Festa Italiana, an Italian festival that celebrates Italian history and heritage. Longtime family-owned restaurants and neighborhood newcomers serve up some of the best food in the city, while native Italian and Italian-American singers perform classic songs. Festival-goers have the opportunity to play Italian card games, compete in contests, and buy Italian-themed art and other merchandises. This is a great place to put what Italian vocabulary you’ve learned to good use and even work on your pronunciation.

There are several other areas that have significant Italian populations, such as “Little Sicily,” “Heart of Italy,” and “Grand Avenue.” Even in the Loop (Chicago’s central business district) you can detect the fragrance and spirit of Italy. For example, “Eataly” is a huge and fabulous Italian market located close to the Magnificent Mile. Eataly is not only a market where you can buy real Italian products and dine on some authentic pizza or pasta, but it’s also a square where you can speak Italian with natives.

After you’ve explored the Italian culture and food in Little Italy, you might want to consider joining a meetup. There are a handful of groups that get together to practice speaking Italian, while also exploring the culture. The Chicago Italian Language Meetup Group, for example, welcomes people of all skill levels from beginner to advance. Joining a group like this is a great way to supplement your current Italian lessons and practice your language and pronunciation skills.

Before our tour of the common Italian spots in Chicago is finished, I would like to say one more thing. Spend some time walking around, and keep your eyes open and you will discover more and more opportunities to learn Italian. You never know when you’ll strike up a conversation with an Italian-native.

I love giving Italian lessons in Chicago. My students are amazing because of their progress. Despite the difficulties of the Italian language, they’re improving their skills day in and day out. I am proud of them and I’m happy to be teaching my language in such a wonderful city. So, what are you waiting for? Start taking Italian lessons today!

About Enrico C.

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I am a native Italian speaker who has been teaching and tutoring for several years.

I love to teach and to guide my students on a journey that is not only about grammar, language, but also a cultural and idiomatic one.

Join me in this learning adventure of my language and country.

About ENRICO
I am a native Italian speaker with a several years of experience in teaching Italian and English. I am a very easy-going, open-minded, professional person. I like to teach because it gives me the opportunity to meet new students, share my knowledge as well as my culture and experience.

I started tutoring back when I was attending the university in Verona, Italy. I was tutoring English, Math and some other subjects. Later on, I continued teaching English while I was working in other fields. In 2009 I moved to Los Angeles. For a couple of years, I taught ESL in a college, and in the meantime I tutored Italian to private students. Since 2009 I have been tutoring students both on the English and Italian subjects.

I really believe that in teaching, a language a primary focus should be on life skills. Not being an English native-speaker,
I learned how important it is to be able to express basic needs and to perform primary activities. However, it is important to consider other points like grammar, reading, writing. I also think that no matter what a teacher should always take into account the needs of the students and subsequently I plan my classes reflecting on the student's demands.

As to the different approaches and materials that I use, I suppose that it is important to change them frequently in order to keep the classes more interesting. Of course, there are some exceptions. For instance, in the past I taught for a while TOEFL and for that type of classes I used more traditionalist and academic methods and materials.

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Customized lessons to the students' needs and goals.

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- T.E.F.L. Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language

- Italian Native Speaker with a several year experience in teaching Italian

- M.A in Foreign Languages and Literature (English and French)

One of my greatest passion is to cook. I was extremely lucky to be taught and introduced to the art of cooking by my grandmother. She was born at the beginning of the previous century and she lived in different cities so she got accustomed to different traditions and shared them with me. I love to cook for smaller groups, using traditional Italian ingredients to prepare simple, but exquisite dishes that belong to the tradition of my native country. If you want to experience some real Italian food, you are definitely in the right hands. Just sit back, relax sip a glass of Italian wine while I cook for you and I share my art.
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Dan O. January 12, 2018
· Italian · Online
Enrico is fantastic!
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Elvia G. September 23, 2016
· Italian · Online
Enrico is a fantastic professor of the Italian language, he's advanced in his teachings, if you like to cook Italian food Enrico shares that in common.
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Elvia G. March 22, 2016
· Italian · Online
From the get go I knew I had found the perfect teacher,
Enrico is a motivating teacher.
He challenges you to learn what you need by reading and discussing interesting materials he sends .it isn't just not doing verbs exercises and tenses but actually participating in actual situations as if you were in Italy .
Enrico quickly helps you get over the nervousness that students experience when reading out loud and discussing the meaning of words in sentences and their uses.
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About Nicole B.

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Pasta. Pizza. Spaghetti. As Americans, we're pretty familiar with Italian food. But do any of us know the language? Do you know the difference between when you should say "bravo" or "brava" in a concert? Whether you need help for an exam, or are about to study abroad, I'll help you learn Italian and improve your pronunciation so that you're ready to go!

About Nicole
Nicole is available to teach lessons for students of all levels. Beginning her singing career when she was 7, she most recently sang at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, was a winner of the international CS Competition in musical theatre, and is a Chicago F.A.M.E. finalist for Jazz and popular music. Combined with her training and professional experience, Nicole teaches singers to switch gracefully between multiple styles. She practices what she preaches: one night she might be singing Beyoncé, and the next morning she might be singing Handel's Messiah!

Nicole has been a young artist for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Metropolitan International Music Festival, and for Tiroler Opern Programm, under international instructors, including Elizabeth Bachman (from the Metropolitan Opera), Kim Josephson (Metropolitan Opera), Sharon Cheng (Caramoor),
Michael Fennely (Carnegie Hall), Wei-En Hsu (Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra), and Candace Evans (Santa Fe Opera). Nicole earned her Associates in Theatre from Brigham Young University ('12) and went on to acquire her BM in Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University ('14). Nicole obtained additional training from Boston University, Elon University, and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
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Hikari M. August 23, 2017
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Nicole is a very professional, dedicated and enthusiastic teacher. Not limited to Broadway singing, she's very knowledgeable about many different methods of singing and can teach various techniques based on how you want to showcase your voice. She's extremely caring and makes sure her students can take something from her lesson each time. Wish I could give her 10 stars!!!
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Nicole B.

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Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. I'm Italian mother language so with me you don't learn only grammar, listening and how to speak, you learn also a culture and a different way to consider life!

About Elisa
I'm environmental teacher, I usually work with school so I'm used to teach also to kids. I love teaching and I love my language, I put a lot of passion in everything I do.
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Elisa T.

Elisa T.

Online
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I have been teaching for several years. Initially, teaching was just a way to earn some money during the university, but gradually I discovered that it was a real passion. In Italy I used to be a lawyer, so my job allowed me to get a rich and refined vocabulary. I am passionate, patient and I am very happy when my students thank me for my help. My strong point is that I can understand my student 100%: I am a student too (I am learning English) and I know what they expect from a teacher.

About Antonietta
I have just moved to the Bay Area from Italy, where I used to be a lawyer. During my studies, I used to give private lessons of law and help children doing homework. My passion has always been teaching: I love my language, I am patient and I am very happy to help you learning Italian and my culture.
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Rose September 29, 2017
· Italian · Online
Antonietta is favolosa! I've been taking lessons with her since the beginning of summer and each time has been truly enjoyable and invigorating. She is very patient, knowledgable and has high expectations. I look forward to working with her each week.
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Susan S. March 29, 2017
· Italian · Online
Really great teacher!
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Tony C. February 22, 2017
· Italian · Online
Antonietta has been wonderful with my 11 year old daughter, who is studying Italian in preparation for a summer trip to Italy. Antonietta is patient and ensures my daughter understands the lesson before moving on. She provides effective exercises that reinforce the concepts, which then can be used as a study guide between lessons. And just as important, my daughter likes working with her. I'm glad we chose Antonietta!
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Antonietta A.

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My whole life I was drawn to Italy since my father's parents were born there, and I always wanted to learn everything about that side of me, especially the beautiful language. In spring 2005 I studied abroad in Florence and rapidly became fluent, and in fall 2005 I returned to Florence University to study Latin literature with other Italian students.

Thanks to my father who speaks Italian, I could converse before I arrived in Florence, but many students who came after me were not so lucky. When I returned to Lehigh University in 2006, budget cuts had forced the cancellation of the Italian language program, despite the high volume of my fellow students who annually go to Florence. Awful though this was, the Study Abroad Department hired me to teach Italian night classes at Lehigh for my remaining two years in college, permitting a hundred students to study abroad in Florence with basic Italian language skills. Since 2006 I have also tutored dozens of students one-on-one.

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About Luke
I am deeply passionate about sharing knowledge with others and have been lucky to be teaching my entire adult life. There are so many enriching experiences available to us when we learn more about the world.

Foreign languages are among my favorites, and I have specialized in teaching Latin, Italian, and Japanese. As a geologist, I am also profoundly interested in the sciences. When I teach I like to understand where my students are coming from, what really inspires them, and help them to enjoy and love what they want to learn. For me, learning is always fun, so whether you like to study or you are having trouble motivating yourself to concentrate, together we will discover the joy and fun in what you are studying.
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Emma T. January 5, 2018
· German · Online
Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher! You sense his passion to help others. He’s also very accommodating with his schedule. I would highly recommend him!
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SHUAI Z. December 31, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Excellent!!
Luke is a knowledgable polyglot. He is very patient and teach me step by step. The teaching style is super logic. I learned a lot from him. And I just came to U.S. My English is not so good. But Luke could teach me Spanish very well. I will continue to learn with Luke.
Such an amazing teacher!
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Gino December 16, 2017
· Latin · Online
Luke is very professional, totally amd completely dedicated to his students and full of passion for what he teaches. Right after the first lesson we already have established a great connection and I'm sure you will feel like you 've know him for years and with such chemistry you will progress easier and faster than any method. Best instructor ever! Highly recommended!
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About Deborah C.

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Hi Future Students,

If you love the Italian culture and would like to learn how to speak Italian, I'm your girl!! I studied for 4 years in college and moved there for some time. I can help you with your hw and I can also help you, if you just want to learn some basic phrases to get around.

About Deborah
I have so many different things I teach. If you are looking for a voice teacher, I definitely can be of help. I have been singing all of my life. I sing in many different genres like pop, gospel, R&B, and classical. I can even help if you want to be an opera singer, as I am studying to be one myself at the Aaron Copland of Music. First things we would start to do is learn how to breathe. After the student understands good breath, then we will apply it to actual singing.

I also teach Italian, and have taught the language for 3 years in a private school. I lived in Italy for a while and I just love the language. If anyone needs a tutor, I can help!

I also teach art history, and art as far as drawing and painting. So if any parent wants for their child learn how to express themselves through painting or drawing, I can do that as well!!


I love to do all of these things, as I have a great passion for them! I hope I can inspire someone else.
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Sarita G. December 26, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Just as she promise ;work on breathing first, usually I like some time go by before I make a comment but the first introduction went so well, I have a positive outlook of my future practice. I have my questions answer and I also understand them as well. I am sure I have more and have confidence they will be answer....
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Joselin November 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I had so much fun! I was taught how to breathe and I'm glad because apparently I been breathing backwards, haha silly me! 😂 Thanks Deborah can't wait for my next lesson with you 🤗
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Monica June 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
She is an awesome teacher, she talked me through everything ,she showed me techniques that greatly improved my breathing and singing in a short amount of time she knows exactly what shes doing.100% recommend her.
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I was born and raised in Italy, where I lived most of my life. I've met my now husband while he was stationed in Italy and then moved to the United States. I like to teach Italian to anyone who shows interest. I am not your typical teacher, and what I LOVE to do is talk... talk, talk, talk, and talk. I can teach you how to go to the grocery store, to the restaurant and how to have easy conversations with locals. My latest student was very pleased with my teaching after she went to Italy on vacation and was able to understand and communicate at hotels, restaurants, museums, etc.

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I love to teach my native language. A little grammar and a whole lot of talking! Let's learn a new language in a fun way. We read and we talk, talk, and talk some more!
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Stephanie August 18, 2017
· Italian · In home
The best thing about Cecilia is her enthusiasm! When you have a teacher who is warm, happy, and excited to teach it certainly makes it easier to learn! You can tell she loves kids. Highly recommend.
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Amy August 14, 2017
· Italian · In home
We love Cecilia! Teaches with such passion! She was always able to find everyday uses to teach her lessons, for example counting money. Such a keeper!
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Coree August 14, 2017
· Italian · In studio
Grazie, Cecilia! For years I've wanted to learn Italian, and learning from a real Italian was not only educational, but genuinely fun as well!
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I came here from Italy a few years ago and I love sharing my culture and language with those who want to learn. It has been proven that living in the place where they speak the language you want to learn is the best way to learn that language. For that reason I will make you feel like you are in Italia so that you'll feel comfortable when you go there.

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When I moved to the USA a few years ago it was essential for me to speak with people and learn English as I know it now. I will teach Italian so that you’ll be comfortable when you visit Italia!
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Luca B.

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Average Cost of Italian Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute Italian lessons in Chicago is $67. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $60 and $75 per hour.

30-min $35
 
$42 average
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45-min $50
 
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute Italian lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute Italian lessons are 15% less expensive at $57, and 30-minute lessons cost 38% less at $42.

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