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Directions and Parking

Northeastern Illinois University has locations throughout Chicago, including in the North Park and Avondale neighborhoods. The locations are accessible by public transportation and offer ample parking for bicycles and motor vehicles.

Getting Here

Main Campus

Northeastern’s main campus is located at 5500 North St. Louis Avenue, on Chicago’s Northwest Side. The main campus is just west of Kimball Avenue, bordered to the north by Bryn Mawr Avenue and to the south by Foster Avenue, making it easy to access by public transportation, bike and car.

El Centro

Northeastern’s El Centro location is located at 3390 North Avondale Avenue (60618), in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood, less than three miles south of the Main Campus. El Centro is just west of Kimball Avenue and adjacent to the Kennedy Expressway, making it easy to access by public transportation, bike and car.

Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS)
The Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS) is a satellite facility of Northeastern Illinois University, located at 700 E. Oakwood Blvd., Chicago, IL 60653.


The University has implemented a license plate recognition (LPR) system and switched to a virtual permit parking system at all Northeastern locations. Physical permits will no longer be issued. License plates will be used to verify that a car can park on campus.

Find out how to register your vehicle for parking at Northeastern.

Cancellation Policy

Should it become necessary for the Office of Community and Professional Education to cancel a non-credit class or workshop, registrants will be informed prior to the first day. Registrants will have the choice of receiving a full refund or applying the value of the refund to a different seminar or workshop.

Refund Policy

Requests for a refund must be made in person or by email at (Please note that refund requests by voicemail are not accepted.) To process your request, please indicate your name, and the class or workshop name and date in which you are requesting a refund. The Office of Community and Professional Education will respond to refund requests during normal business hours. 

Full refunds will be processed for requests made more than 72 hours before the seminar or workshop begins. For requests made with 24 to 72 hours notice, 75% of the cost will be refunded. For requests made with less than 24 hours notice, 50% of the cost will be refunded. No refunds will be given once a class or workshop begins. We do not have a "drop class" procedure as we must pay instructors based on enrollment. If students are able to drop once a class has started, we cannot pay instructors and would have to cancel the class for all students enrolled.

If you purchased your class on CourseHorse, then our Refund & Cancellation policy applies to your purchase. If you are entitled to a refund, or have any questions, please visit the CourseHorse Customer Service link.

Full refunds are given for classes that are canceled due to low enrollment.


Discounts are available to NEIU Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Donors for many classes offered by the Office of Community and Professional Education (CAPE). Discounts will only apply to a registration made by the NEIU Student, Faculty, Staff, Alumni or Donor and not to additional family members. Discounts are applied automatically at checkout and are associated with a person's NEIU email account. Discounts may not be applied in combination (ex: Faculty and Alumni). If you should be receiving a discount and do not see it applied, please call or email the CAPE office with your NEIU ID number or Alumni number at (773) 442-5080 or

Other Policies

Audio and video recording of classes, seminars, workshops, or lessons are not allowed without the prior permission of the instructors. 

Unsupervised children are not allowed in Northeastern Illinois University buildings.

The viewpoints and opinions expressed by CAPE instructors are their own, and not necessarily those of Northeastern Illinois University.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Northeastern Illinois University does not discriminate against employees, students and patrons on the basis of disability. In addition, the University provides reasonable accommodations for employees, students and patrons with disabilities.

Individuals taking part in non-credit programming must adhere to all policies found in the Student Handbook.

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