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Resources for Japanese-Language Speakers

Resource list compiled by the Japanese American Service Committee | JASC  (


Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago (JCCC)

Contains a member directory useful for locating businesses catering to the Japanese community. (English) (Japanese)

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Japanese website:


Chicago Shimpo

This newspaper has been published in Chicago since the 1940s and covers local news and news from Japan, in a mix of English and Japanese.

English website:

Japanese website:


Nihon Clinic Chicago

Medical clinic located in Arlington Heights with Japanese-speaking doctors.

English site:

Japanese site:


U.S. Shimbun

This site has a variety of information in Japanese, tailored to Chicago and the Midwest. In particular, the Lifestyle/生活情報 section provides guidance on a number of topics that expats might find useful as they navigate life in the U.S.



This website has a variety of news and information in Japanese for a Chicago-based audience. The About Chicago/シカゴについて section ( contains some guidance on living in Chicago.

About Chicago (住むトコ:シカゴについて)

Sumutoko Chicago/住むトコ シカゴ


Relocation Guide to Chicago, IL, Japanese Expat Edition

IOR Global Services

This guide is a few years out of date and seems to be focused on the Deerfield, IL area, but contains quite a bit of useful information.


Chicago, Communication and Culture short course

“Chicago, Communication and Culture (CCC) is a short-term English program for visitors to Chicago who want to explore the city while they improve their English.”

University of Illinois Chicago, Tutorium in Intensive English


English as a Second Language program

Free for residents of Illinois who are not native English speakers.

City Colleges of Chicago


Literacy DuPage

Literacy DuPage recruits and trains volunteers to tutor adults who wish to improve their English speaking, listening, reading, and/or writing–for no charge.