General ELI Resources

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.

Kathleen Hall 


hallkatg [at] gmail [dot] com

I am an experienced ESL instructor, a current PhD candidate in Linguistics, as well as a tutor in ESL at Northwestern University. I specialize in pronunciation, but also have extensive experience helping graduate students and professionals with presentation skills, writing, and interviews.

Price: $45 per hour

Brianna Johnson


farawaybri [at] gmail [dot] com

I am an English as Second Language teacher in higher education with a BA in English literature and an MA in Applied Linguistics; I have done extensive editing work for graduate students on both term papers as well as theses and dissertations. I provide online tutoring services as I no longer live in Chicago.

Price: $35-40 per hour

Rachel Kamins


rachelkamins [at] gmail [dot] com 

I am an experienced editor of academic writing, with over 10 years in practice. I specialize in social science writing for publication and for academic assignments, including theses and dissertations. I’ve worked with many nonnative speakers of English and helped them to standardize their grammar and word choice.

Price: $50 per hour

Pamela Lavigne


plavigne [at] uchicago [dot] edu

I am an award-winning writer and editor, and an experienced ESL teacher. Sample client projects include academic papers, articles, and books; resumes, applications, and interviews; presentations; and funding proposals. I love this work, and I am a deeply encouraging partner to writers. 

Price: $60 per hour

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

Jessica Madsen


jessicazimianitis [at] gmail [dot] com

I am an experienced ESL instructor with an MA in Applied Linguistics. I have helped many undergraduate, graduate, and professional students refine term papers, presentations, personal statements, dissertations, and research publications.

Price: $50 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

Katy Montgomery


krmtesol [at] gmail [dot] com

I have been teaching English as a Second Language for over ten years and am currently an instructor and coordinator at a nearby university; before becoming a teacher, I worked professionally as a technical writer.

Price: $70-80 per hour

Amara Sankhagowit


amaras [at] uchicago [dot] edu

I have an MA in Linguistics from the University of Chicago and have a research background in phonetics, phonology, second language acquisition, and foreign accents. I work with any type of academic and professional writing, and general ESL tutoring, especially in pronunciation.

Price: $20 per hour


Catherine Vlahos


cavlahos2 [at] gmail [dot] com

I have an MA in Applied Linguistics and specialize in helping international students with writing job application materials, such as personal statements, resumes, and CVs, and graduate theses in multiple disciplines.

Price: $25 per hour


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

Park Chicago (Chicago city street parking)

Chicago Parking Apps:



“I took Written Communication: Standards and Conventions because UChicago’s instructors and  professors always emphasize that academic writing is important for every social science student. Knowing and even mastering at the standards is the foundation of it. The class is useful and helpful. I barely make mistakes on citation formats now. Even if sometimes I am not sure about it, the documents provided by ELI, which are clear and thorough, help me to remember everything.”


Masters student

“I took the Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program: Speaking because I was worried about my English before coming to UChicago. And I definitely made the right decision! My English was improved not only by gaining more language learning skills, but also by being more confident and more willing to express myself and learning from others. My instructor James was always patient and open to all my questions and suggestions. I also want to say ‘thank you’ for my dearest classmates for always supporting me and encouraging me for everything. We are now very close friends and I know they will be always with me.”




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