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The tech boom in Chicago is just getting started, and you can get in on the ground floor by attending a coding bootcamp. Chicago is one of the most impressive cities in the world, and its technology sector is just getting warmed up. While there are already many great tech firms in the city, all signs suggest the economic growth there will continue. So, if you want to make your entry into a promising technology career in the up-and-coming Midwest tech industry, Career Karma can help you find the best Chicago coding bootcamp to get you the skills you need to thrive.

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    Flatiron In-person Data Science Bootcamp

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    The campus life (campus events, free coffee, game nights, happy hours, guest speakers), the academic team, the admissions team, the coordinators, 24/7 access to the campus, the free resources,...
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    The Houston 02-17-2020 cohort almost didn't happen so the pre-work was open to DS students fairly late. Half way through the SE pre-work I realized I was working on the wrong pre-work (it was the...
    If you are making a career change to tech, this school should be an option for you. The admissions team was great; very helpful, very positive, very c ...arrow
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    Courses:Data Science, Web Development, Engineering Immersion, Full Stack Development, Cybersecurity
    Programs available:Online, Full-time, Part-time, Self-paced
    Financing options:ISA, Deferred Tuition, Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Seattle, Austin, Chicago, New York City, Houston, San Francisco, Denver, Washington
    Description:Flatiron School's COVID-19 Response: https://flatironschool.com/blog/keeping-our-community-safe-during-covid-19 Flatiron School offers immersive on-campus and online programs in software...
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    Issues with new curriculum

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    Great staff available very often, relevant skills are taught
    Cons
    video software sucks
    Curriculum is currently changing as of June 2/2020. This is causing a lot of issues with students not understanding exactly which modules to complete. ...arrow
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    Courses:UI/UX Design, Data Science, Data Analytics, Web Development, Digital Marketing, Product Management, Engineering Immersion, Full Stack Development
    Programs available:Online, Full-time, Part-time, Self-paced
    Financing options:ISA, Deferred Tuition, Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, Raleigh, Detroit, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Houston, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Boston, Denver, Dallas, Orlando, Miami, Phoenix, Minneapolis,...
    Description:Thinkful’s online coding bootcamp offers one to seven-month-long full-time and flexible part-time courses in software engineering, UX/UI design, data science, data analytics, product management,...
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    Data Analytics Course Review at General Assembly (Boston) #LifeAtGA

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    - The admissions staff was very helpful when I inquired about setting up a payment plan. I was charged no interest for my monthly payments. - The TA and instructor were very involved in helping...
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    - The course was very expensive, despite being a part-time program that offered no job support in the long-run. - The instructor's public speaking skills could have been better; the instructor often...
    I enrolled in the Data Analytics part-time course at General Assembly's Boston location. The instructor and TA were incredibly approachable, and the e ...arrow
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    Courses:UI/UX Design, Data Science, Data Analytics, Web Development, Digital Marketing, Product Management, Engineering Immersion, Full Stack Development
    Programs available:Online, Full-time, Part-time, Self-paced
    Financing options:ISA, Deferred Tuition, Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Seattle, Atlanta, Raleigh, Detroit, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Houston, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Boston, Denver, Dallas, Orlando, Miami, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego,...
    Description:With 25+ campuses all over the world, General Assembly offers a variety of programs in web and mobile development, data analytics and data science, digital marketing, product management, and more....
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    Pretty good

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    - staff is welcoming and happy to answer questions or to just talk outside of class - provides good resources to review - career advisor provides regular updates for opportunities and check-ins
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    - could use more lessons on testing and CSS - should have more hands-on code along - I passed some projects/tests but still wasn't confident in the material - career fair for my cohort felt like a...
    Overall nice experience and learning environment. Facilities were alright. Student and staff were friendly and open to helping each other. Curriculum ...arrow
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    Courses:Web Development, Engineering Immersion, Full Stack Development, Cybersecurity
    Programs available:Online, Full-time, Part-time
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Chicago, New York City
    Description:Fullstack Academy offers full- and part-time software engineering and cybersecurity programs in Chicago, New York City, or online. Their Software Engineering Immersive program focuses on full stack...
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    On-site bootcamp

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    Many different languages to learn from in case you do not know which one you like. Provides extra career services along with more languages for self-teaching if you wish to do so after graduation.
    Cons
    Quite a lot of languages to cover within 14-weeks. Pretty hard to retain all the material unless you put in most of your life for those 14 weeks.
    I had a very pleasant experience at Coding Dojo. I was fortunate enough to have a decent sized cohort with very friendly people. The instructors wer ...arrow
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    Courses:Web development
    Programs available:Online, Full-time, Part-time, Self-paced
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Oakland, Washington, Boise, Tulsa, Grange
    Description:Coding Dojo is a leading coding education company that offers a three-full-stack programming bootcamp, as well as courses on Data Science and other emerging technologies. The innovative curriculum...
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    BrainStation Experience

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    - Their instructors are great and knowledgable in their respected fields - Their campuses are unique trendy locations which makes learning even more enjoyable - Their staff are friendly, helpful and...
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    - During my time at BrainStation their were no downsides
    After graduating University with an Undergrad in Business, I wanted to grow my technical skillset to adapt to the digital world we live in. BrainStati ...arrow
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    Courses:UI/UX Design, Data Science, Data Analytics, Web Development, iOS Development, Digital Marketing, Product Management, Full Stack Development
    Programs available:Online, Full-time, Part-time
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments
    Cities:Chicago, New York City, Boston, San Jose, London, Toronto, Vancouver
    Description:BrainStation offers full-time programs and part-time courses in data, development, design, marketing, and product across cities including New York, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Vancouver, and through...
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    Great instructor and the curriculum provides a great overview of what the PM role means

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    Great batch of classmates and the instructor Roshan was amazing. Very experienced in the Product Managment field and I learned a lot from both Roshan and my cohort as well. Great experience.
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    The course content could include even more hands on projects. It will be very helpful.
    Great instructor and the curriculum provides a great overview of what the PM role means ...arrow
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    Courses:Web development
    Programs available:Online, Full-time
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Seattle, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Denver, Boulder, London, Grange, Toronto
    Description:Product School is the world's first technology business school, offering part-time programs in data analytics, coding, product management, UX design, digital marketing, and product leadership. Their...
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    Best bootcamp in Chicago!

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    Many pros: great instructions with passion for teaching and extensive coding knowledge. There is continued career and job support available after you graduate. Fun, learning atmosphere and...
    Cons
    Only con would be that it is pricey.
    I attended full-time, evening classes to keep my full-time job and despite being exhausted throughout most of it the hands-on learning experience was ...arrow
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    Courses:Web development
    Programs available:Online, Full-time, Part-time, Self-paced
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Chicago
    Description:Actualize is a software development bootcamp that offers both full- and part-time courses online or in Chicago. Both their courses use the same immersive curriculum, with the Online Live classes...
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    Happy

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    Easy understanding of documents.
    Cons
    Good instructor.
    I enjoyed learning with Nucamp! ...arrow
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    Courses:Web Development, Full Stack Development
    Programs available:Online, Part-time, Self-paced
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, Raleigh, Detroit, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Houston, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Orlando, Miami, Phoenix, Stamford, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San...
    Description:Nucamp offers an 18-week part-time full stack web and mobile development program in smaller cities and towns across Washington and online. Nucamp's programs are designed to be affordable and...
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    One word - Awestruck

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    The support system ranging from the students all the way up to the CEO was amazing!
    Cons
    Having to go fully remote due to COVID-19
    Prior to applying for this boot camp, I've only had maybe 6 months of coding experience under my belt. That being said, I felt extremely nervous when ...arrow
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    Courses:Web Development
    Programs available:Online, Full-time, Part-time, Self-paced
    Financing options:Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Chicago
    Description:Code Platoon is a coding bootcamp offering programs for veterans and military spouses online or in Chicago. Participants can choose between the full time 14 week or part-time 32 week options. Both...
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    Overall decent school with great teachers.

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    Good teachers, ISA
    Cons
    No phone communication with teachers and staff, the only way they're accessible is through Slack, making it harder to get information at the needed time.
    Make School is a two-year bachelor's program, so that said, the curriculum is fast-paced and very rigorous. Good for students who know this is what th ...arrow
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    Courses:Web development
    Programs available:Online, Full-time
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Dallas, Minneapolis, Oakland, Washington, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing, Osaka-shi, Taichung
    Description:Make School offers a two-year bachelor’s degree program in computer science in San Francisco, as well as free online courses in iOS development. Partner companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Y...
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    I already had a computer science minor, but I couldn't have gotten where I am today without GHFSA

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    - incredibly organized - well connected - so many resources I even lost track of them sometimes - genuine, kind, brilliant instructors and fellows - genuine sentiment of wanting students to succeed -...
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    I gave both job support and curriculum 4/5 stars only because I think the program could've provided more resources on industry practices such as migration, cloud frameworks, and system design. The...
    Grace Hopper Fullstack Academy is a 13-week immersive software engineering bootcamp. My cohort was 45–50 womxn strong, with a total of 3 absolutely fa ...arrow
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    Courses:Web development
    Programs available:Online, Full-time
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Chicago, New York City
    Description:Designed by Fullstack Academy, Grace Hopper is an all-women coding bootcamp in New York City with a mission to empower women in technology. Their 17-week immersive software engineering program starts...
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    Great Instructors everything else could use work

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    The instructors were great. They were very helpful and kind.
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    The curriculum could have been better and the career coaching part of it isn't great.
    I had a great time at Designation and definitely learned more than I could have teaching myself. They have good content and the instructors are very h ...arrow
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    Courses:Web development
    Programs available:Online, Full-time
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Chicago
    Description:Designation is an immersive digital design education program that offers full- and part-time programs online or in Chicago. Their 24-week UX/UI Design Intensive program covers 900+ hours of design...
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    Fun experience learning

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    - I was able to learn and understand implementation of real word data science
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    - too much information in a short time, could not fully grasp everything
    I learned a lot in such a short period of time, it sparked my passion into data science. I loved my instructors and how engaging the curriculum was. ...arrow
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    Courses:Data Science, Data Analytics
    Programs available:Online, Full-time, Part-time, Self-paced
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Chicago, New York City, San Francisco
    Description:Metis educates people to find value in data. Specifically, we accelerate data science learning for individuals, companies, and institutions through corporate training and immersive bootcamps. We...
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    Best Decision Ever

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    -Small Class Size -Hands-On Projects -Career Support
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    More focus on the pre-work. I wish we built a project during the pre-work.
    I knew that in order to advance my career I needed to add data science to my skillset to make myself more marketable and valuable . After spending 10 ...arrow
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    Courses:Web development
    Programs available:Online, Full-time, Part-time, Self-paced
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Austin, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Washington, Schaumburg
    Description:Coding Temple offers full- and part-time full-stack web development and data science programs online and at their campuses in Boston, Austin, Dallas, Washington and Chicago. The Full Stack Web...
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    Amazing Bootcamp Experience! Very Satisfied!

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    Learning the algorithms, the way it works, and how to implement it really added a huge value, because I was able to walk into meetings with non-IT folks and explain data science fluently. DSD helped...
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    No career assistance, but I've also heard from other friends that career coaches aren't that useful because at the end of the day it really boils down to the individual. I also feel that the program...
    I attended DSD in Summer 2017 right after my high school graduation, I had a pretty good fundamental understanding of data science and the R language. ...arrow
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    Courses:Web development
    Programs available:Full-time
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Seattle, Austin, Chicago, New York City, Washington, Sydney, London, Singapore, Amsterdam, Las Vegas, Toronto, Albuquerque, Paris, Barcelona, Bucharest, Bangkok, Pretoria, Dubai
    Description:Data Science Dojo offers a one-week full-time data science program in different cities around the world. Their curriculum is a combination of theory and practice and covers topics like R, Python, and...
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    Startup Institute was the correct boot camp for me.

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    Get actual experience working for a startup company. Awesome leadership and helpful resources.
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    A lot of self learning is required. Not easy to get a job offer after the boot camp. No training for coding interviews.
    I am a career changer and was looking for a boot camp where I could get project experience to put on my resume. I had the opportunity to develop websi ...arrow
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    Courses:Web development
    Programs available:Full-time
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Chicago, New York City, Boston
    Description:Startup Institute offers part-time Web Design, Web Development, Digital Marketing, and Sales and Account Management programs in Boston. The 12-week program runs on nights and weekends so students can...
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    Really Nice program

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    Hands on learning, very good instructional staff
    Cons
    not the best career services if you're not looking for dev jobs
    I thoroughly enjoyed the Northwestern University Full-Stack Web Development Bootcamp, I attended the full-time session in the winter of 2018. I found ...arrow
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    Courses:Web development
    Programs available:Full-time
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Chicago
    Description:Northwestern Boot Camps offer part- and full-time programs in web development, data science and cybersecurity. The 12- or 24-week Full Stack Flex program covers HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery,...
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    A lot of hype with an ultimate letdown

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    The instructors are top notch and come from a reputable university known for the tech field. The bootcamp is cheaper than other programs with a small class size offering a personal experience. ...
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    The business practices are misrepresented and misleading. When you are close to finishing the program they make you sign yet another legality stating that it's basically your fault if you don't find...
    You can tell the instructors are intelligent with the resumes to back it up. The curriculum provides a challenge with quality group lab hands-on expe ...arrow
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    Courses:Cybersecurity
    Programs available:Online, Part-time
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Month-to-month Installments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Chicago
    Description:Evolve Security Academy offers holistic cybersecurity education as well as advanced tracks on specific areas within cybersecurity. Bootcamps are held in Chicago, IL and live-online. Evolve provides...
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    Data Analytics Class

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    Small class size, accessible and friendly instructor.
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    Would like to dig deeper into Tableau capabilities.
    Useful course that teaches valuable skills for anyone that works with data. Instructor was patient, thorough, and knowledgeable. The course is accessi ...arrow
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    Courses:Data Science, Data Analytics, Product Management
    Programs available:Online, Part-time
    Financing options:No specified
    Cities:Chicago, San Francisco
    Description:Promotable offers part-time, expert led, 5hr/wk courses in data science, data analytics and product management courses online or in Chicago and San Francisco. Their Data Science program covers SQL,...
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    Courses:Web development
    Programs available:Full-time
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Miami
    Description:Codecademy Pro Intensive is the online, intensive, paid offering from Codecademy. Their six- to ten-week programs are accelerated and teach job-ready skills like web development, data science, and...
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    Programs available:Full-time
    Financing options:Upfront Payments, Loan Financing
    Cities:Chicago
    Description:Code Chicago offers 12-week mobile Android, iOS, and web (Ruby on Rails) programming courses. Classes are held at Blue1647 in Chicago, an entrepreneurship and technology innovation center focused on...
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    Cities:Chicago
    Description:Through the University of Chicago, The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good is a summer program that gives aspiring data scientists an opportunity to solve real-world problems in...

Best Coding Bootcamps Chicago 2020

Chicago has become a hotbed for top-quality tech courses. Like any great tech city, Chicago is home to some of the major bootcamp organizations, like General Assembly, Thinkful, Coding Dojo, and Flatiron School. Further, you’ll find a couple of Chicago coding bootcamps from institutions restricted to the northeast, like Fullstack Academy and Promotable. Finally, there are many top coding bootcamps in Chicago that you won’t find anywhere but the Windy City. These include Actualize, DESIGNATION, and Starter League.

There are even some great Chicago bootcamps intended for specific underrepresented groups in the technology industry. For instance, the Grace Hopper Program for aspiring women coders, as well as Code Platoon, which was created to help U.S. military veterans and their spouses break into the tech industry.

These bootcamps offer courses in a variety of formats and fields. At these coding schools you can find courses for software development, product management, full stack web development, and data science. These courses can be full-time, immersive in-person courses, or part-time online courses that fit your schedule.

Here’s a list of the best coding bootcamps in Chicago:

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How many in-person bootcamps offer courses in Chicago?

There are 23 bootcamps in Chicago. Many tech workers in Chicago started off in local coding bootcamps.

What are the top-rated schools in Chicago?

The top school in Chicago is . Check out their listing page to read student reviews and learn more.

Will a Chicago bootcamp help me get a job in tech?

Yes! Most of the bootcamps in Chicago offer excellent career and job placement services. Many even offer job guarantees to students.

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