The Chicago Program in Entrepreneurship

The ACM Chicago Program engages students academically, professionally, and personally with the dynamic city of Chicago. The program offers an innovative mix of academic work including an internship, independent study project, common core course about the city of Chicago, and a variety of seminars focused on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.  

The program introduces and builds upon the central themes of entrepreneurship – creativity, innovation, and problem solving – as the fundamental tools of successful businesses and organizations of all types. Students are asked to consider and apply these themes within the broader context of their experience living and working in the major entrepreneurial center of Chicago, and to develop the skills required for developing successful innovative approaches to business dilemmas.

Students spend significant portion of class time outside the traditional classroom, exploring the city and interacting with a wide variety of businesses and organizations.  Through their experiences living, working, and learning in Chicago, students will develop contacts with Chicago-based business leaders and entrepreneurs and learn to recognize entrepreneurial opportunities in everyday life, as they deepen their knowledge of the city from a variety of perspectives in order to better understand the interconnections among business, society, and the arts within Chicago's vibrant urban setting.