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The Benefits of Chicago

“Living in such a culturally diverse city opened me up to the many variations in styles and fashions that occur within different groups in society. This is what drove me to attend Dominican University to study Apparel Merchandising and Business.” – Elisabeth Herrnreiter ‘10

Dominican’s location in the near west suburbs of Chicago offers huge advantages to apparel students. River Forest is just 10 miles from downtown Chicago, home to the Magnificent Mile, renowned department stores, exquisite boutiques and world-class museums. 

Design and merchandising students can make the city and surroundings their laboratories. Field trips and visiting guest speakers from leading fashion companies and museums bring students’ coursework to life. 

Apparel students are required to do at least one internship so that they can gain work experience before graduation. Fortunately, organizations throughout Chicagoland are a ready source of internships for Dominican apparel students because of its retail and manufacturing climate.