Loyola University Chicago

European Studies Minor


On Campus

The Language Learning Resources Center (LLRC)

supports the learning and teaching of languages, literatures and cultures by students and faculty of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the wider Loyola community.  


Cultural Organizations in Chicago

The Chicago area is home to a number of museums, cultural centers and libraries focusing on cross-national European issues or on specific European countries.

Alliance Française de Chicago

Dedicated to the study of French language, cultural exchange, and friendship between Americans and French speaking people. It houses a substantial library and regularly organizes cultural events. 

The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture  

The largest repository of Lithuanian cultural artifacts outside of Lithuania. The museum also has a library and organizes Lithuanian cultural events.

The Copernicus Center

Serves as Chicago’s major Polish-American civic, cultural, educational, recreational and entertainment resource. In addition to being used for screening Polish films, its cinema hosts a variety of professional shows and concerts. 

The Gene Siskel Film Center

Hosts an Annual European Union Film Festival, the largest showcase in North America for the films of European Union nations.

The Goethe Institute in Chicago

Offers German language classes, organizes events related to German culture and has a reading room with special emphasis on contemporary literature, cultural studies, theatre and film. 

The Instituto Cervantes of Chicago

Offers cultural programs dedicated to the promotion of the Spanish language and culture and language courses. Its houses a collection specialized in Spain and Latin America with more than 30,000 titles. 

The Irish American Heritage Center

Includes a museum, art gallery, auditorium, library, and theatre group. It provides a gathering place for the Irish American community and those interested in Irish culture.

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Promotes, organizes, and finances a wide range of cultural events to reinforce and strengthen cultural ties between the United States and Italy. It offers Italian language classes and provides a wide range of materials about Italy in its library.

The Romanian Heritage Center

Features a permanent exhibit of Romanian folklore traditions. It also houses a library and a theater.

The Swedish American Museum

Has a permanent exhibit that explores the Swedish immigrant experience in the United States. The museum also hosts Swedish language classes and organizes various cultural events throughout the year.