Coding Bootcamps in Chicago

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Published on July 27, 2021

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A recent poll by accounting firm KPMG of more than 750 tech leaders from around the world found that Chicago was ranked second in the U.S. as a hub for innovative tech. In fact, technology is the fastest-growing industry in Chicago; the sector grew over 270% from 2010-2019, according to World Business Chicago.

Yazin Akkawi, writing for Inc.com, suggested one reason for Chicago's burgeoning tech scene: the city's culture. Whatever the reason for the growth may be, as the tech industry continues to expand in Chicago, so too do the opportunities to break into the tech scene through top coding bootcamps.

With so many quality coding bootcamps in Chicago, those looking to switch careers or advance an already established tech career have plenty of options to increase their programming skill set and set themselves up for career success in a burgeoning market. Below are some of the top coding bootcamps in Chicago.

Coding Bootcamps in Chicago

Note: COVID-19 may have impacted the learning format of many bootcamps, with in-person programs frequently moving online. Please contact the bootcamp provider or visit their website for more information on current program availability.

Actualize
  • Programs Starting At: $13,900
  • Technical Discipline: Web Development
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

  Evening & Weekend Options
  Job Placement Assistance

Actualize's coding bootcamp in Chicago only hires instructors with both software development and teaching experience, and uses an instructional model that relies heavily on instructor expertise. The bootcamp includes four weeks of online pre-work, followed by 12 weeks of in-person instruction. Upon graduation, students can meet two times a week for career services, which includes support in personal branding and networking.

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Code Platoon
  • Programs Starting At: $16,000
  • Technical Discipline: Web Development
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

  Accepts GI Bill®
  CIRR Verified
  Evening & Weekend Options
  Job Placement Assistance

Code Platoon offers a coding bootcamp in Chicago to military service members, veterans, and their spouses. Code Platoon provides targeted scholarship opportunities for many individuals, including female, Black, and Hispanic students, and it accepts funding through the GI Bill®.

According to data verified by the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting, 18 of the 19 graduates from the 2019 Chicago Code Platoon bootcamp found employment within 180 days of graduating, and these professionals reported a median salary of $63,750.

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Coding Dojo
  • Programs Starting At: $6,995
  • Technical Disciplines: Data Science, Software Engineering
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

  Accepts GI Bill®
  Evening & Weekend Options
  Job Placement Assistance

Coding Dojo's bootcamps cover coding fundamentals in a variety of languages, including Python, JavaScript, and C#. Students can also access a robust slate of career services, getting help with things like building a portfolio and interview prep.

Coding Dojo reports that its graduates earn an average salary of $76,000 per year after completing the bootcamp. Graduates have gone on to work for high-profile companies such as Google, Uber, and Tesla.

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Coding Temple
  • Programs Starting At: $9,500
  • Technical Disciplines: Data Science, Web Development
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

  Job Placement Assistance
  Money-Back Guarantee
  Start For Free

Coding Temple offers instruction in Python, web development, and data science. Coding Temple reports that 95% of its bootcamp graduates find work within 90 days of completing their bootcamp, earning an average salary of $67,000. Additionally, this Chicago coding bootcamp offers tuition reimbursement if a graduate is unable to find a job within six months of completing the program.

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Flatiron School
  • Programs Starting At: $17,000
  • Technical Disciplines: Cybersecurity, Data Science, Software Engineering
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time, Self-Paced

  Evening & Weekend Options
  Job Placement Assistance

Flatiron School's 15-week software engineering bootcamp in Chicago is broken down into five, three-week modules, including units covering coding fundamentals, JavaScript, and web frameworks. In addition to classroom instruction, students receive career coaching and access to a robust employer network. Graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, and NASA.

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Fullstack Academy
  • Programs Starting At: $15,980
  • Technical Disciplines: Cybersecurity, Software Engineering
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

  Accepts GI Bill®
  CIRR Verified
  Evening & Weekend Options
  Job Placement Assistance

Fullstack Academy offers bootcamps in cybersecurity and software engineering focusing on JavaScript. It also offers a need-based $1,000 scholarship for women and veterans. After completing the program, students have access to Fullstack's "Masters Series," which is a compilation of continuing education trainings that graduates can explore throughout their career.

According to data verified by the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting, about 79% of the 63 graduates from the 2019 Chicago Fullstack Academy bootcamp found employment within 180 days of graduating, and these professionals reported a median salary of $70,000.

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General Assembly
  • Programs Starting At: $14,950
  • Technical Disciplines: Data Science, UX/UI Design, Web Development
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

  Accepts GI Bill®
  Evening & Weekend Options
  Job Placement Assistance

General Assembly's Chicago coding bootcamps are part of a large system of more than 30 campuses, nearly 20,000 hiring partners, and an alumni network of more than 40,000 bootcamp graduates.

Bootcamp instructors previously worked at high-profile companies like Amazon, IBM, and Airbnb. General Assembly offers different learning models to students from varying backgrounds, including an immersive experience for those new to the industry and a more flexible program for those looking to enhance their established tech skillset.

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The Grace Hopper Program
  • Programs Starting At: $19,910
  • Technical Discipline: Web Development
  • Time Commitment: Full Time

  Job Placement Assistance
  Money-Back Guarantee

The Grace Hopper Program, offered by Fullstack Academy, is an immersive full-stack JavaScript bootcamp for women, transgender students, and nonbinary students. The 17-week bootcamp includes four weeks of remote work, followed by 13 weeks of in-person learning at Fullstack Academy's Chicago campus.

The bootcamp offers a deferred tuition payment plan where students make a $3,000 deposit and then pay the remaining tuition after they have secured a full-time job. Additionally, if graduates are unable to find a job within one year of completing the program, they do not need to pay back their remaining tuition.

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Northwestern University
  • Programs Starting At: $11,995
  • Technical Disciplines: Cybersecurity, Data Science, Web Development
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

  Evening & Weekend Options
  Job Placement Assistance

Northwestern University's bootcamps are offered as either 12-week or 24-week programs, covering full-stack programming languages and applications like HTML, JavaScript, and Git. Students can take advantage of the program's career services, such as social media profile help, interview prep, and soft skills training. Northwestern's Chicago coding bootcamp also provides virtual tech panels, quarterly project demo days, and live office hours.

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Tech Elevator
  • Programs Starting At: $15,500
  • Technical Discipline: Web Development
  • Time Commitment: Full Time

  Accepts GI Bill®
  CIRR Verified
  Job Placement Assistance

Tech Elevator's 14-week bootcamp includes daily lectures, group work, and one-on-one support from instructors and peers. Tech Elevator offers a variety of scholarship opportunities and financing options.

Tech Elevator reports a 92% job placement rate and a 95% graduation rate. It is also a member of the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting. The bootcamp boasts a tech-employed alumni network of more than 1,400 professionals. Tech Elevator graduates have been hired at several large companies with offices located in Chicago, such as Accenture, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and GE.

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Accepts GI Bill®

Accepts the GI Bill® as funding for tuition.

Also Available In Person

This online bootcamp also offers in-person options.

CIRR Verified

Student outcomes are verified with the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting. Learn more at cirr.org.

Evening & Weekend Options

Bootcamps are offered during convenient evening and weekend hours.

Money-Back Guarantee

Tuition is refunded if you don't land a job within a given time frame after graduation. Visit the bootcamp website for terms and conditions.

Job Guarantee

Employment is guaranteed as soon as you finish your bootcamp.

Job Placement Assistance

Offers career services to help you land your dream job after graduation.

Start for Free

No deposit is required to get started. Begin your bootcamp for $0.

Methodology

Bootcamp Ranking Guidelines

At BestColleges, we believe the best bootcamp is the one that fits your schedule, your learning needs, and your career aspirations. That's why we often present our recommendations in alphabetical order -- because the real best bootcamp is the bootcamp that's best for you.

Our Methodology

The Bootcamp Team at BestColleges has collected data for over 150 bootcamps to help you find the best bootcamp.

At BestColleges, we believe the best bootcamp is the one that fits your schedule, your learning needs, and your career aspirations. That's why we often present our recommendations in alphabetical order -- because the real best bootcamp is the bootcamp that's best for you.

At this time, our recommendation round-ups feature only immersive bootcamps designed to prepare students for job placement upon graduation.

To be included on our lists, bootcamps must meet the following criteria:

  • Must offer at least one bootcamp in the United States.
  • Cannot be free.
  • Must offer at least one bootcamp that is a minimum of 8 weeks long.
  • Must require at least 15 hours of work per week if the bootcamp is part time.
  • Must encourage at least 10 hours of work per week if the bootcamp is self-paced.

Methodology for Recommending Cheap Bootcamps:

  • The bootcamp must meet all of the general criteria listed above.
  • The bootcamp must cost less than $8,000 if it is offered full time, and less than $5,000 if it is offered part time. These numbers were chosen based on data collected by BestColleges in 2020 that determined the average cost of a coding bootcamp is $13,580.

Job Outlook for Bootcamp Grads in Chicago

The technology industry in Chicago is expanding rapidly. A 2019 report from CBRE found that the city added more than 4,500 tech jobs over the previous year, and tech office real estate grew by more than four million square feet. Additionally, professional services firm Deloitte named nine Chicago-area companies to its list of fastest-growing technology companies in 2020.

This high-growth industry in Chicago also comes with an average annual salary of $65,770 for web developers

As the Chicago tech industry booms, tech companies are in need of qualified employees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that jobs for web developers in the U.S. will increase by 8% between 2019 and 2029. Jobs for software developers are projected to grow even faster -- by 22% in the same period. This is much higher than the average national growth across all industries from 2019-2029, which the BLS projects to be around 4%.

This high-growth industry in Chicago also comes with an average annual salary of $65,770 for web developers, according to PayScale. Additionally, software engineers in Chicago earn an annual salary of $84,560, PayScale reports. A 2020 CBS News Chicago report found promising job board returns for tech job-seekers. During the month of publication, nearly 3,700 new tech jobs were posted, which was more than any other industry in the area.

Frequently Asked Questions About Coding Bootcamps in Chicago

What is the average salary for a web developer in Chicago?

According to PayScale, the average salary for a web developer in Chicago is $65,770 and the average salary for a software engineer in the city is $84,560.

What tech companies could I work at in Chicago?

Chicago is home to many tech companies, including Groupon and Grubhub. Chicago also has office locations for several large tech businesses like Amazon and Salesforce. Additionally, Chicago has a strong tech startup market, offering even more opportunities for employment after graduating from a Chicago coding bootcamp.

Are there data science bootcamps in Chicago?

Yes. There are many data science bootcamps in Chicago, including programs at Coding Dojo, Flatiron School, and Northwestern University. Additionally, you can find many online data science bootcamps that you can take from anywhere.

Are there UX bootcamps in Chicago?

Chicago has many UX bootcamps, including one available through General Assembly. There are also manyUX/UI bootcamps offered online that you can take from the comfort of your home in Chicago.

Are there free coding bootcamps in Chicago?

While coding bootcamps are usually not free, there are a variety of opportunities to take free short courses and workshops. Many of these courses and tutorials can be found online. Additionally, many bootcamps -- including some offered online -- offer deferred tuition plans or income share agreements, allowing students to repay their tuition after they have secured employment post-graduation.

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