Best of Chicago 2020: Education


When it comes to education, finding the right school or supplemental resource can be challenging. Luckily, we cut out the guess work with our tenth annual “Best Of” awards, where you shared your favorite, most trusted picks for Chicago area education.

Best Chicago-Area University/College:
Northwestern University

633 Clark St., Evanston

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One of the country’s top private research and teaching universities is located in the heart of Evanston – it’s been a Best of Education winner for the last four years!

Best Private School (City):
Francis Parker

330 W Webster Ave.

A top-rated, independent school serving students from junior kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Best Private School (Suburbs):
The Cove School

350 Lee Rd., Northbrook

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This school “provides highly individualized education and life strategies for students with complex learning disabilities.”

Best Preschool (City):
Florence G. Heller JCC 

524 W Melrose St.

Located in Lakeview, this preschool strives “to provide the foundation for children to develop and grow while bringing Jewish values to life.”

Best Preschool (Suburbs):
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH)

1123 Church St., Glenview

A premier private school for students preschool through 8th grade, OLPH is rooted in the Catholic faith.

Best Public School (City):
Walter Payton College Preparatory High School

1034 N Wells St.

This selective enrollment public high school immerses students in a global model for learning in downtown Chicago.

Best Public School (Suburbs):
Glenbrook South High School

4000 West Lake Ave., Glenview

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This suburban high school is a learning community “dedicated to students and committed to quality of thought, word and deed.”

Best Tutor (Suburbs & City):
Academic Approach

Chicago: 342 W. Armitage Ave.
Winnetka: 144 Green Bay Rd.
Highland Park: 555 Vine Ave.
Clarendon Hills: 136 Burlington Ave.

From one-on-one customized tutoring to ACT and SAT prep, Academic Approach helps students tackle their learning obstacles, both online and in person.

Best Art Instruction (City):
Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave.

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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 Art Instruction (Suburbs) & Best Coding Classes:

North Suburban YMCA

2705 Techny Rd., Northbrook

With a variety of art classes to choose from at every age, the North Suburban YMCA has the suburbs covered. They also have a new SMARTLAB, where students can learn to code video games, assemble robots and more.

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