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Proofreaders, Editors, and Tutors in Chicago

The following TESOL and Applied Linguistics professionals offer their services as private paid proofreaders, editors, and tutors independent of the University of Chicago and the English Language Institute. This information is provided for reference only.

James Darney


James.ldarney [at] gmail [dot] com

I have over 15 years of ESL teaching experience in universities and business across the U.S. and have taught at UChicago. I have an MA in Applied Linguistics and can assist students with a wide variety of academic language skills such as accent and fluency, learning strategy, and academic writing (including feedback proofreading). I also assist with résumés, cover letters, applications, professional documents, cultural adjustment, and networking strategy.  

Price: $40/hour or by job

Arthur R. Huber


ahuber [at] uchicago [dot] edu

I have been a language teaching specialist for over 12 years at major universities in Asia and the US, including UChicago and NYU. My expertise and experience includes writing, grammar, speaking, presentation/interview skills, reading comprehension, pronunciation, Business English, and day to day fluency/communication. I am also a proficient editor and proofreader. Whatever your area of concern is in English, I am sure I can help.

Price: $50-60 per hour

Brianna Johnson


brianna.n.john [at] gmail [dot] com 

I have 10 years of experience as an ESL instructor, and I am currently a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. I have extensive experience proofreading and editing theses/dissertations, term papers, articles, book proposals, and other academic work. I also assist with accent modification and general English language tutoring.

Price: $40-50 per hour, depending on service type

Jenna Luque


jenna [at] nativeadvantage [dot] us

I am a Linguist and Speech-Language Pathologist who works remotely from Florida. I see my clients via Skype, which allows for ease of scheduling and working in the comfort of your own home or office. My specialty is accent modification, or pronunciation, but I also do proofreading, conversation, and general English knowledge.

Price: Ranges by service, $60-90 per hour

Pamela Martin


pemartin [at] uchicago [dot] edu

I have been teaching ESL in business and university settings since 2003 and hold an MA in Applied Linguistics. I can help students and professionals with graduate application materials, resumes, cover letters, and academic writing of any kind (e.g. term papers, theses, or dissertations).

Price: $40 per hour or by job

Exploring Chicago Neighborhoods

Best Places to Dance
Breakfast, Brunch, & Bakeries

Bongo Room (multiple locations)

Do Rite Donuts (50 W Randolph & 233 E Erie) 

Lucy’s Cafe (2100 W Roscoe Ave; Vegetarian & Vegan) 

Heartland Cafe (7000 N Glenwood; Vegetarian) 

Hendrickx Belgian Bakery (100 E Walton St)

Lutz European Bakery (2458 W Montrose)

Tweet Let’s Eat (5020 N Sheridan) 

Bars with Great Food

(Must be 21+ to enter)

Hopleaf (5148 N Clark) 

Moody’s Pub (5910 W Broadway) 

Resi’s Bierstube (2034 W Irving Park) 

Scofflaw (3201 W Armitage) 

Skylark (2149 S Halsted St)  *cash only 

Restaurants Outside Hyde Park

Restaurant Week Chicago

Al Bawadi (7216 W 87th St, Bridgeview, IL)

Arya Bhavan (2508 W Devon Ave)

Cafe Central–Jibarritos (1437 W Chicago Ave)

Cho Sun Ok (4200 N Lincoln) 

El Nandu (2731 W Fullerton Ave)

Heartland Cafe (7000 N Glenwood) 

House of Wah Sun: New York Style Chinese food (4319 N Lincoln Ave)

Kan Zaman (617 N Wells St)

Lao Sze Chuan (2172 S Archer Ave) 

Las Tablas (2942 N Lincoln Ave)

Machu Picchu (3856 N Ashland Ave)

Mi Ciudad (3041 E Irving Park Rd)

Middle Eastern Bakery (1512 W Foster)

Midori Sushi (3310 W Bryn Mawr Ave) 

Phoenix (2131 S Archer Ave)

Pueblito Viejo (5429 N Lincoln Ave)

Reza’s (5255 N Clark)

Rub’s BBQ Smokehouse (6954 N Western Ave)

Russian Tea Time (77 E Adams)

San Soo Gab San (5247 N Western Ave) 

Silver Palm (768 N Milwaukee Ave)

Taqueria El Milagro (1923 S Blue Island Ave)

Thai Spice (1320 W Devon Ave)

Third Coast (Goethe and Dearborn)

South Side Spotlight

Great businesses owned by African Americans

Alternate Reality Comics (3149 W 111th St) 

Beverly Arts Center (2407 W 111st St) 

Beverly Records (11612 S Western Ave)

Currency Exchange Restaurant (305 E Garfield Blvd) 

Dream Cafe Grille (748 W 61 St)

Irish Castle (10244 S Longwood Dr.)

Original Soul Vegan (203 E 75th St) 

South Side Irish Imports (3446 W 111th Street)

Swap-O-Rama (4200 S Ashland Ave)

Yassa (3511 S King Dr)

Day-long Nature Trips

Indiana Dunes State Park (1-hour drive; Indiana) 

Kettle Moraine (2.5-hour drive; Wisconsin) 

Matthiessen State Park (2-hour drive; Illinois) 

Skokie Lagoons (1-hour drive; Illinois)

Starved Rock State Park (2-hour drive; Illinois) 

Van Buren State Park (2-hour drive; Michigan)

Van Patten Woods (1.5-hour drive; Illinois) 

Warren Dunes State Park (1.5-hour drive; Michigan) 

Movie Theaters & Film Events

AMC River East 21 (Latin American Film Festival & International Film Fest)

Chicago Doc Films at University of Chicago 


Gene Siskel Film Center 

Logan Square Theater

Music Box

The New 400

Live Theatre

Blackout Diaries (Saturdays)

Chicago Underground Comedy ($5 show every Tuesday)

iO Theater

Parlour Car ($5 donation show every Thursday)

Second City 

Any stand-up set in Chicago featuring Adam Burek, Matty Ryan, Hannibal Buress, Katie McVey, Beth Stelling, Jeff Steinbrunner, or the Putterbaugh Sisters

Comedy Shows

Chopin Theatre (1543 W Division St)

Goodman Theatre (170 N Dearborn St)

Lifeline Theatre (6912 N Glenwood Ave)

Neo-Futurists Theater (5153 N Ashland Ave) 

Raven Theatre (6157 N Clark St) 

Steppenwolf Theatre (1650 N Halsted St) 

Last-minute discounts on theatre performances:



Chicago Loop Tour

Driving in the U.S.

Vehicle Rentals

Vehicle Rentals

ZipCar (hourly car rental)

Home Depot Truck Rental (good for transporting furniture)

CarMax (buy new & used cars)

Parking in Chicago

Parking in Chicago

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Masters student

I took Spoken Communication: Academic Presentations because after giving and attending some academic presentations, I could see differences between native English speakers and my own way of presenting. The top things I learned were tips to emphasize important points such as pausing, stress, and intonation, which are not commonly used in my mother tongue. Other students should take this course because what you learn in this course can be applied not only to your presentations but also to talks in general contexts, especially in formal situations.”



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