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About us


About us

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago is the cultural office of the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago. Founded in 1985, the Institute is one of five cultural agencies of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the United States. It is located in the heart of Chicago along the Magnificent Mile. The Institute serves as a convenient source for information about Italian life and culture that showcases Italy’s classic and contemporary heritage with particular reference to art, music, cinema, design, architecture, literature, fashion, theatre, cuisine, science, and technology. The Institute is also home to a school of Italian language and culture, as well as a venue for art exhibitions and film screenings. The Institute works alongside the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago to forge relationships with local universities and research institutions.


The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago offers the following services to the public:

• Courses in Italian language and culture at the Institute’s school, ItalCultura.
• The CILS exam each June and December, which certifies students' linguistic abilities in the Italian language and which is administrered by the Universita' per Stranieri di Siena.
• A library available to the public to view and/or borrow books, dvd’s, magazines, cd’s, and Italian newspapers.
• Information on Italy in the field of culture.


For concerts, art, theater, cinema, and all other events within the breadth of culture, the Institute avails itself to collaborate with local institutions such as the Art Institute, Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cinema/Chicago, the Denver Art Museum, Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Chicago, Facets, Fermilab, Field Museum, the Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park, Gene Siskel Film Center, the Italian Film Festival USA, Loyola University Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Science and Industry, and the Newberry Library.

The major festivals in which the Institute is proud to participate are the Chicago International Film Festival, the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, the Chicago World Music Festival, the International Voices Project, and the European Union Film Festival.