Ol! Places kids can learn a new language

It’s mid-January in Chicago. If your winter groove has officially turned into a rut, why not use that pent-up energy to try something new? Something that, dare I say it, might help keep with some resolutions you made about a month ago?

Winter in Chicago is one of the best times to try something mentally stimulating. Learning a language is not only horizon-broadening but mind-growing, and luckily in Chicagoland there are many language options for the kiddos (and you!) to try.

Spanish Horizons

2836 N. Southport Ave.

Spanish is the second most spoken language in both the world and the U.S. Even if your little ones are already learning Spanish in school, Spanish Horizons offers supplementary classes that can fit your scheduling needs.

For the littlest littles, Spanish Horizons starts with a parents-and-tots class for kids as young as 4 months old, so you can learn, too!

Alliance Française de Chicago

810 North Dearborn Street

My husband and I both have a very specific and deep love of French wine so sending our children to learn French simply seems the next logical choice. (Right?)

Alliance Française de Chicago offers classes for kiddos ages 1-15, as well as cultural events and opportunities to take classes on your own and practice with French speakers as well.


4740 N Western Avenue

Prost! DANK Haus has been providing German lessons to Chicagoans since 1964 and has classes available for kiddos from ages 1-14 of all levels, as well as adult classes. Located just off the Western Brown Line, DANK Haus is also home to German cultural events throughout the year as well.

Language Stars

If you don’t see the language you’re looking for, Language Stars might just have the answer. There are locations in Lincoln Park, Hyde Park, Andersonville and quite a few suburbs as well. Language Stars offers fun, interactive classes in Spanish, French, German, Arabic and Mandarin with native speakers.

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