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Resources for Japanese-Language Speakers

Resource list compiled by the Japanese American Service Committee | JASC  (jasc-chicago.org)

 

Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago (JCCC)

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

https://www.jccc-chi.org/en/member-search/ (English)

https://www.jccc-chi.org/member-search/ (Japanese)

English website: https://www.jccc-chi.org/en/

Japanese website: https://www.jccc-chi.org/

 

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: http://chicagoshimpo.com/

Japanese website: http://chicagoshimpo.com/japanesefile/index_nihongomain.htm

 

Nihon Clinic Chicago

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

English site: http://www.nihonclinic.com/english/clinics/chicago/index.html

Japanese site: http://www.nihonclinic.com/japanese/clinics/chicago/index.html

 

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.

http://www.usshimbun.com/

 

Sumutoko

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 (http://www.sumutoko.com/chicago/about/index.html) 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

http://www.sumutoko.com/chicago/index.html

 

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This guide is a few years out of date and seems to be focused on the Deerfield, IL area, but contains quite a bit of useful information.

http://www.iorworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/IOR-Chicago-IL-Deerfield-Japanese-Expat-Edition.pdf

 

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

https://tie.uic.edu/esl-programs/vacation-english/

 

English as a Second Language program

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

City Colleges of Chicago

https://www.ccc.edu/site/Pages/ESL-English-as-a-Second-language.aspx

 

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.

https://literacydupage.org/