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Register for Adult Education Classes

Visit the Daley College's Admissions Office, Room 1408, during the following hours to get started with the registration process*.   

Days ​Times
Monday - Thursday ​ ​8:30am --- 6:30pm
Friday​ ​9:00am --- 1:00pm
Saturday​ ​9:00am --- 12:30pm
*includes completing an intake card.  May also include placement testing if testing is occurring on that particular day.
Registration Process    
  • Qualify: Check the prerequisites for attending Adult Education classes at City Colleges of Chicago
  • Counseling: Contact your local Adult Education department to be advised on the best course of study to meet your needs.  
  • Assessment: Before enrolling in classes, all students must complete a placement and/or progress examination to determine student placement.
  • Register: Find out the time and date for registration at the campus you would like to attend.

Adult Education Classes  

  • English as a Second Language (ESL): to learn the English language
  • General Education Development (GED®) preparation: to earn a high school equivalency credential
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE): for adults who are not at the GED® level and want to improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills


Required Documents - proof of residency* (other forms accepted)

Students must verify residency by presenting at least one of the preferred documents listed below:   
• Driver’s license
• Voter registration card
• Copy of lease or mortgage statement
• Utility (water, electric, gas, or home telephone) bill
• State of Illinois identification card
• Consular ID card from home country
• Current orders or a letter from Command for military service persons
• Signed letter on letterhead from a homeless shelter confirming residency in the shelter
Applying for the ESL and ABE/GED® courses is easy. You will come into one of our centers to:   
• Find out about our programs   
• Complete a registration form   
• Take a placement test    
•  Attend the orientation session   

Richard J. Daley College   

7500 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60652

Registration for ABE/GED® classes: 
Call (773) 838-7800 for information.

Registration for ESL classes: 
Call (773) 838-7800 for information.

Healthcare and Manufacturing Bridge Program
Call (773) 838-7800 for information..

Arturo Velasquez Institute   

2800 South Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Registration for ABE/GED® classes: 
Call (773) 838-1502 for information.

Registration for ESL classes: 
Call (773) 838-1502 for information.

Healthcare and Manufacturing Bridge Program
Call (773) 838-1502 for information.

 Off-campus Sites   
2150 S. Laflin Street, Chicago, IL 60608
Madero Elementary School
3202 W. 28th Street, Chicago, IL 60623
3542 S. Washtenaw Avenue, Chicago, IL 60632       
Manuel Perez Elementary School
1241 W.19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608  
3014 W. 39th Place, Chicago, IL 60632   
Piotrowski Park
4247 W. 31st Street, Chicago, IL 60623  
El Valor - G Reyes Center
1951 W.19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608 
Richard Edwards IB-Fine Arts School
4815 S. Karlov Avenue, Chicago, IL 60632            
Eli Whitney Elementary School
2815 S Komensky Avenue, Chicago, Il. 60623
Sawyer Elementary School
5247 S. Spaulding Avenue, Chicago, Il. 60652
Immaculate Heart of Mary
4521 S. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60609
Solorio High School
5400 S. St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60632
Kelly High School
4136 S. California, Chicago, IL 60632     
2832 W. 24th Blvd., Chicago, IL 60623   
Lee Elementary School 
6448 S. Tripp, Chicago, IL 60629



  • Students must live in Illinois and show proof of residency.
  • Students do NOT need a social security number.
  • Students must be at least 18 years old in order to enroll in adult education classes. However, 16 and 17 year-olds may register with an official release letter certifying that they are no longer attending high school.
  • Adult Education classes are intended for people who live in or near Chicago. Students who hold J1 visas are not permitted to take Adult Eduction classes. ​​​


​Adult Education classes are free according to the rules of the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB).    



People in need of basic skills education, GED® preparation courses, and English as a Second Language qualify for Adult Education courses. See eligibility requirements above for more information.