Best of 2021: Education

Best of 2021_ Education Winners

When it comes to education, finding the right school or supplemental resource can be challenging. Luckily, we cut out the guess work — here are your favorite, most trusted picks for Chicago area education.

Best Chicago-Area University/College
Northwestern University

633 Clark St, Evanston

Since 1855, Northwestern University has served as one of the country’s leading private research and teaching universities. Its 21,000 students are able to thrive in a diverse community through excellent teaching, innovative research, and over 500 different student organizations and clubs

Best Preschool (City)
Loyola University Chicago Preschool

1052 W Loyola Ave

Loyola University Chicago Preschool aims to “cultivate genuine, joyous, and trusting relationships so that children can become enthusiastic lifelong learners as well as kind, thoughtful people.” While attending to the individual needs of each child, they use a “developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum” to enhance enthusiasm and curiosity. 

Best Preschool (Suburbs)
Our Lady of Perpetual Help

1775 Grove St, Glenview

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School is open to all OLPH Parish families who want to provide their children with a deeper enrichment in learning and celebrating their faith. It aims to foster the intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional and social growth and development of students through its programming.

Best Private School (City)
Latin School

59 W North Blvd

Latin School of Chicago utilizes their innovative curriculum and broad range of extracurricular programs to promote the growth and wellbeing of each student. Founded in 1888, Latin has since served its students with a rigorous educational program within its diverse environment, promoting diversity of people, culture, and ideas to children in Junior Kindergarten through 12 Grade.

Best Private School (Suburbs)
North Shore Country Day

310 Green Bay Rd, Winnetka

northshore country day

North Shore Country Day aims to develop students into critical thinkers, collaborative program solvers and caring citizens of the world. This private school offers a transformative educational experience for its 540 students, who come from all over the Chicagoland area. 

Best Public School (City)
Walter Payton College Preparatory

1034 N Wells St

Walter Payton College Preparatory High School is a notable, selective enrollment public high school located in the heart of downtown Chicago. It maintains a distinguished and award-winning reputation for its world-class math, science, world-language, humanities, fine arts, and adventure education programs. Students are able to take advantage of Payton Prep’s portfolio of challenging academic courses, as well as its host of extracurricular activities. 

Best Public High School (Suburbs)
New Trier

7 Happ Road, Northfield; 385 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka

new tier high school winnetka

Founded in 1901, New Trier Township High School District 203 is a four-year high school that serves about 4,000 students from Chicago’s North Shore suburban communities of Glencoe, Kenilworth, Northfield, Wilmette, Winnetka and portions of Glenview and Northbrook. Freshmen attend its Northfield Campus, and sophomores through seniors attend its Winnetka Campus. As evidence of the school’s motto, “to commit minds to inquiry, hearts to compassion, and lives to the service of humanity,” New Trier offers numerous opportunities for both learning and involvement outside of the classroom in activities, athletics, fine/performing arts, and social service. 

Best Tutor

Various locations


Mathnasium is a math-only learning center that works with students in grades 2-12. Using deep diagnostic testing, they create customized learning plans for each student, leading to deeper understanding of math concepts, improved academic performance and greater self-confidence. Whether your child is an advanced student seeking enrichment or a student who needs more in-depth learning for understanding, Mathnasium works to meet the individual needs of every child. 

Best Art Instruction
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave.

The Institute offers a variety of education courses and workshops, including Art History, giving you the opportunity to delve deeper into the museum’s collection.

Best Continuing Education
New Trier Extension

30 W Frontage Road, Northfield

new trier extension

Each year, New Trier Extension (NTX) provides over 500 onsite classes to the broader community. They offer an extensive collection of classes in a variety of areas including Art, Fencing, Financial Planning, Fitness, Healthy Living, Languages, Music, One-of-a-Kind, Rowing, Sailing, T’ai Chi, Technology, Wrestling, Writing, and Yoga. Participants of all ages are encouraged to enroll! Visit their website to browse classes and learn more. 

Best Coding Classes
Code Ninjas

With hundreds of centers around the world, kids learn to code – either in person or virtually – and create ample work of their own in a safe, fun, and inspiring environment. Find a center near you!

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