Arts & Entrepreneurship in Chicago

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Semester: Spring Break 2022 (tentative)

This arts-based study away program takes place in Chicago over spring break. Chicago is one of the major theatre capitals in the U.S. – birthplace of storefront theater and improv comedy, and home to more world premieres than any other city in the country. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for students to hone professional skills, create connections, and build confidence in one of the nation’s most artistic and diverse cities.

While in Chicago, students will spend their time attending performances and participating in workshops at places like The Second City, networking with industry professionals, connecting with alumni and friends of the College, and getting a sense of the place and culture of Chicago.

Students will engage with people working in a variety of fields, get a behind-the-scenes look at organizations, explore various professions, tour facilities, network with industry professionals, and discover the city of Chicago.

Application Deadline:  TBD

On-site Dates: Spring Break 2022 (TBD)

Coursework: 1-credit course in THR 491: Special Topics in Theatre

Housing: Students will be housed in quad rooms at Freehand Chicago Hotel

Eligibility: Students must be in good academic standing. Preference given to College of Arts & Letters majors. 

Estimated Program Fee: TBD

Program fee includes housing (hotel), roundtrip Amtrak tickets from East Lansing, bus/subway pass in Chicago, daily breakfast at the hotel, some group meals, and various activities. Program fee does not include MSU tuition (1 credits required), additional meals, and personal spending money. Tuition costs vary depending on class standing, resident/non-resident status, etc. Visit MSU Student Accounts for information on tuition rates. Students may use Financial Aid for this program.

Applicants who have a major within the College of Arts & Letters are eligible to apply for the CAL Study Away Scholarship. Visit for more information or to apply.

For more information, contact faculty leader Sarah Hendrickson –