Learn to Speak Spanish in 24 Hours or Less… Guaranteed!

Since 2001, students at the Spanish Language Center have been learning to speak Spanish VERY fast! This has led Spanish L.C. to expand and become Chicagoland's largest Spanish school with five locations*.

Spanish L.C. has also been offering Live Online classes since 2010.

*5 locations at: Downtown, Lakeview, Evanston, Naperville and Palatine.


All classes are conversational. Starting level students comfortably speak in Spanish (past, present and future) within their first 24 hours of instruction!

Currently All Our Spanish Classes Are Being Held Live Online For Safety

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Are We The Right Spanish School For You?

What Sets Us Apart?

So please, while you are here researching the best Spanish school for you, please consider the benefits of becoming a Spanish Language Center student and find out why we are your NÚMERO UNO choice for Spanish lessons. Please review the unique benefits of taking Spanish classes with us listed below. 

UNO (1): We Specialize in ONE Language: ESPAÑOL

Here's something to think about: What would you think about an authentic Mexican restaurant that also had French, Italian and Chinese cuisine on their menu?  Would you have confidence in the quality and authenticity of their products, or would you see them as someone who's just out to make every dollar they can?  This is precisely how we've come to view so many of the language schools in the market who offer as many languages as they can get students to register for. In a scenario like the one described, how can the quality of instruction be guaranteed? Simple: It can’t!

At the Spanish Language Center, we have always focused all of our efforts on teaching Spanish ONLY! Rest assured that you are receiving truly dedicated attention from qualified instructors who are part of a teaching facility whose SOLE purpose is to help you learn and grow in your abilities to speak Spanish.  At the end of the day, when you decide to learn Spanish with us, you will be dealing with the true Spanish Language Experts!

"Getting a firm grasp on the Spanish language was a goal I set for myself many years ago. The timing, price range, and location(s) of The Spanish Language Center allowed me to move forward with this goal 7 short weeks ago. Myself, coworkers, and friends are surprised at how quickly I have been able to apply what I have learned to everyday situations. I had taken Spanish Courses in college (15 years ago!!), but I feel i've learned more here in 7 weeks then I did in several semesters there. My teacher (Sugey) is serious and knowledgeable about teaching the language, yet she makes the class fun and exciting. I am signing up for the next course and would highly recommend The Spanish Language Center to anyone serious about learning the Spanish language."

Robert Chandler
Lakeview student

DOS (2): Proven Success Rate of Excellence, Since 2001

If you've been doing your research on Chicago Spanish classes, you already know that there are a lot of fly-by-night courses being offered.  Only after you've signed up, however, does it become painfully obvious that you're stuck in a situation you'd rather have no part of.  This is precisely the type of scenario we work hard every day to eliminate.  Learning Spanish shouldn't be stressful or laborious, rather one of the most rewarding and positive experiences of your life.  And this is exactly why we're in business today.

At Spanish Language Center we have nothing to hide, and are very proud of the reputation we've established as the top Spanish school in Chicago.  Since first opening our doors in 2001, we've taught thousands of students, many of whom can now read, speak and understand Spanish fluently.  If you're serious about learning español and determined to come away with skills that will last a lifetime, you have our word that we will work tirelessly to make it a reality you can have faith in.

Testimonials: Yelp for Downtown, Yelp for Lakeview, and Citysearch .

“I have tried other programs in the past and have found the Cortez Method to be the best by far. Each lesson draws on material from the previous chapters (and previous sessions). The vocabulary is constantly reinforced and concepts are reviewed often. “There really is a ‘method’ and I find that things click into place as I move through the assignments. The order of the lessons is done in a way that as a class we were able to speak in sentences and ask and answer basic questions in no time.”

Kathy Tuite
Lakeview student

: All Classes Grouped with Same-Level Students

Imagine how distracting it would be finding yourself stuck in beginner's Spanish class, with a handful of advanced students who insist on drawing all the attention their way?  Or just as bad, to be light years ahead of every other student in your class, with no real chance of being intellectually challenged?  It might sound a bit far-fetched, but you would not believe how often this happens in some Spanish classes.  Part of the Cortez Method involves making sure that everyone in class is at similar levels.

When you enroll at Spanish Language Center in Chicago, this is one fear you absolutely will not have to lose sleep over.  One of the things that has made us so popular since 2001, is our ability to identify exactly where a new or returning student is in their Spanish-speaking development.  You may have taken a few classes in high school or college, lived in Mexico or South America for a brief time, or worked in an environment where Spanish was spoken more predominantly than your native tongue.

Regardless of the reason, we make sure you're in the right class from the very first class.  We do this through a very simple and non-stressful student assessment, ensuring that you're in the very best position to learn and retain.

"I have been a student at the Spanish Language Center for a little over 2 years. I have been thoroughly impressed with the instructors here. I have learned more in these 2 years than I did in 6 years instruction in high school and college for German. I am able to have intelligent conversations in Spanish, using my skills overseas, and I am even able to read novels. The class size has been between 2-5 people since I began, and the instructors are experts in the Spanish language. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else, and I plan to continue my instruction until completely fluent."

Jenni Stephens
Lakeview student

NUEVE (9): Most Qualified Spanish Teaching Faculty

You would be amazed at how many so-called Spanish instructors in Chicago, are essentially learning on the job.  But just as having the ability to speak English doesn’t automatically qualify you as an English teacher, having the ability to speak Spanish won't make you a good Spanish teacher, either.  At Spanish LC in Chicago, we are meticulous when it comes to hiring our instructors.  Our staff includes over 10 Cortez-Certified instructors, who come to us from such diverse cultures as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Peru and other countries.

All of our instructors are extensively trained on the principles of our company, as well as the fine points and principles of the Cortez Method, as developed by our company's founder.  We go through these exhausting lengths for one reason… to ensure that your learning experience is a successful one, while giving you access to instructors who are patient, compassionate and fully invested in your success.

"Best Spanish Language School! SLC is wonderful. Conversational Spanish can be learned quickly and easily. Grammar and full vocabulary can also be learned through more focused, in depth teaching. You can set your own learning pace through a variety of classes and instructors, and the friendly staff is always ready to help. Juan, the owner, is a fabulous instructor and has developed a great system for teaching the Spanish language."

Cheri McEssy
Lakeview student

DIEZ (10): 100% Scheduling Flexibility

If you've ever tried to sign up for Spanish lessons in Chicago, you might have found that you're required to work around their schedule.  We see things very differently, and have built our business based on your convenience… not our own.  After all, no two schedules or lifestyles and exactly the same, and we don’t think that your ability to learn this timeless language should be hindered by work, class or family schedules.

As our students will quickly attest to, our schedules are as flexible and accommodating as you'll find anywhere in the Chicago region and few additional in other states. We offer the option of day or night classes, seven days a week, with the additional flexibility of private and group classes built completely around your needs and available timeframes.  Best of all, we operate from several locations making it easy to learn on your time and very close to home or work.

Can't make it to one of our scheduled upcoming classes?  No problem, we're proud to offer private classes that can be scheduled at any time within the hours listed below.

  • Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Sunday  7:00 AM to 6:00 PM

"I have been taking lessons with Jose Tuesta for seven months and I am very happy with him as my instructor. Never having taken a Spanish class, I started from the beginning and I feel that the course materials are very clear and logical. Jose is a very patient teacher and he is helping me learn at a pace that I am comfortable with. His explanations and tips add much more than I could ever get from just reading the books.

Before taking lessons with Spanish LC I did use the Rosetta Stone program, but I always felt like I was memorizing phrases, like a parrot, as opposed to actually learning the language. With your program, I am building the foundation to actually speak Spanish. Although there are many study aids on the market, I do think lessons are essential to learn and to help stay motivated.

I would definitely recommend the Spanish LC to anyone. Scheduling is very flexible and for me, the downtown location is minutes away from my work."

Kurt Beranek
Downtown student

ONCE (11) Helpful & Friendly Office Personnel

In much the same way that our instructors receive the highest level of training and certification on the Cortez Method, our office staff is thoroughly trained on providing unparalleled customer service and support.  This is something that often goes overlooked when selecting a language school, though no less important in the overall effectiveness of your experience.

We understand and appreciate how spur-of-the-moment life can be.  Things come up, questions arise, schedules get conflicted.  As we’ve learned from our research of other Spanish teaching services, many companies and instructors are not nearly as understanding or helpful when you need to make changes or special arrangements.  Our office staff undergoes a comprehensive training to ensure that they bring compassion and understanding to every phone call, e-mail, or face to face conversation.  Unlike many of our competitors, we don't hit you with big fees for missing or needing to reschedule a class or appointment.

In the event that you ever cannot make it to class, a simple phone call with sufficient notice (24-hour in advance) to our central number (877) 452-0296 is all it takes to resolve virtually any of life's little unexpected situations.  If calling isn't an option, you can always e-mail us directly at coordinator(at)spanishlc.com.

Our office hours are:

  • Monday to Thursday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Weekends: Leave voicemail or email, we'll contact you on Monday

"I decided awhile ago that I needed to do something to exercise my brain. I’ve always wanted to learn a language so Spanish seemed like the logical choice. I became aware of the Spanish Language Center and since it was close to my home I decided to look into it and have been learning there for the past 2 years. I take private lessons because I felt that classes might move too quickly and I have been right. My instructor is infinitely patient and moves at my pace. Although from time to time he has given me a needed nudge to move along more quickly. The Cortez Method “makes sense” and therefore allows you to learn the language more easily. Bottom line is—I would recommend this school to all who want to learn Spanish either for fun or for work."

Marcia Emmett
Palatine student

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