Find English Language Classes in Chicago

Are you learning English? Chicago has many classes and services around the city to help you learn English. Here are some resources for free English classes that can help you with your English learning goals.

Learn English at the Library

Chicago Public Library locations frequently host English classes and conversation groups.  Visit our events page to see upcoming programs. English Language Learning events at CPL.

Colleges with English Classes

City Colleges of Chicago Learn English Program
City Colleges of Chicago offers tuition-free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for Illinois residents. City Colleges ESL classes are available at locations across the city and online. There are beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Classes teach reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and vocabulary skills.  

Community Organizations with English Classes


Asian Human Services ESL Classes

Asian Human Services offers five levels of ESL classes in the mornings and evenings in a combination of in-person and online classes.

Chinese Mutual Aid Association English Education
The Chinese Mutual Aid Association has English classes ranging from beginner to advanced and focuses on preparing students for integration into the workforce and society.

Hana Center Community Education Classes
The Hana Center offers four levels of ESL classes combining English learning with civics typically offered in the mornings and evenings.


Chinese American Service League ESL Classes
The Chinese American Service League has both ESL classes and career-focused English classes.

Erie Neighborhood House ESL Classes
Erie Neighborhood House has ESL classes in a supportive classroom learning environment with speaking, reading and writing in English. 


Instituto del Progreso Latino ESL Classes
Instituto del Progreso Latino offers ESL classes on a variety of schedules and also provides on-site childcare while parents are in class.

Universidad Popular Learning to Succeed ESL Classes
Universidad Popular offers ESL classes in different levels in both mornings and evenings using language skills to help with practical life skills.


Polish American Association ESL Classes
The Polish American Association has ESL classes from beginner to advanced levels that are offered yearly from August to June.

Multiple Locations

Heartland Alliance English Language Training
Heartland Alliance has English language classes, one-on-one, and group tutoring with vocational training and support. Locations in the North and Northwest side of Chicago.

Literacy Chicago ESL Classes
Literacy Chicago has beginning, intermediate, and advanced ESL classes taught in small groups.  Contact Literacy Chicago for information on locations.

PODER Integrated English Program
PODER has six levels of ESL classes offered in both the morning and evening virtually or in person.  Multiple locations for in person on the Southwest side of Chicago.

Online Directories and Assistance

Illinois Adult Education Program Directory
Search for ESL classes and more on his online directory from the Illinois Adult Learning Resource Center. This directory can be viewed in over 25 languages and can search by city, zip code or Chicago neighborhood. 

Literacy Works
Literacy Works can help you find an ESL class that is the best fit for you. To get started, click on “Find an Adult Education Program” on their website.