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40 Great Adult Education Classes in Chicago

Learn to whip up a soufflé, snap a fab photo, get ahead at work, or even save a life—at just a few short classes this fall.

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StoryStudio Chicago

Worried that poor writing skills are holding back your career? Move up the ladder with this class. Business writing consultant Beth Nyland teaches how to write not only clearly and concisely but also persuasively. Proposals, marketing materials, fundraising appeals, and even simple e-mails—you’ll practice and nail them all.
WHERE: 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave., Ste. 222, 773-477-7710, storystudiochicago.com
WHEN: Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m., September 17 to October 22
COST: $595


DePaul University

It’s one thing to dream up the next million-dollar idea. It’s another to bring that idea to market. Offered as part of DePaul’s program for continuing and professional education, the class shows budding innovators how to get from A to B. Over 15 weeks, you’ll generate concepts, develop feasibility studies, and strategize on pricing and marketing before pitching to prospective investors (a panel of professors, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists) and getting their valuable feedback.
WHERE: 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 1010, 312-362-5295, learning.depaul.edu
WHEN: Wednesdays, 6 to 9 p.m., October 9 to February 5
COST: $2,995


University of Chicago

This four-course certificate program at the U. of C.’s Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies teaches aspiring tycoons and midcareer professionals to speak the language of accounting and business strategy. You’ll gain a firm grasp of concepts necessary for making major financial decisions, such as risk assessment, securities analysis, and valuation. Perks include access to the university’s thriving alumni network, a faculty drawn from the city’s corporate elite, and affiliation with the school that wrote the book on the free market. Granted, it’s not cheap, but it’s far more affordable than a full-blown MBA.
WHERE: Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., 773-702-1685, grahamschool.uchicago.edu
WHEN: The fall term starts September 18.
COST: $5,300


University of Chicago

Successful leaders recognize that there’s a science to getting things done. This practical two-day seminar—another Graham School offering—is a high-speed 101 on how to align projects with your organization’s strategic goals, execute them with panache, and deliver them on time. Management consulting guru Joe D’Mello brings decades of real-world experience and a mix of lecture and discussion to a wide range of topics (risk, cost, scale, quality control, closure). This class is a prerequisite for either of the Graham School’s certificate programs in project management.
WHERE: Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., 773-834-3310, grahamschool.uchicago.edu
WHEN: Thursday, September 19, and Friday, September 20, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
COST: $1,350

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