I currently attend Chamberlain in Atlanta, and so far I find it to be worth it. I personally do better in fast paced environments. It is a bit stressful at times having to do 16 weeks of course material in 8, but it also is nice because you finish class you don't really like faster. As for tuition, it is really expensive, but in the end it is similar to any other 4 year program. The only difference is you pay it in 3 instead of 4. Since you your pre-reqs will be done before you enter you technically would be paying half the tuition than if you entered with nothing done. They also provide payment plans which can make it a bit easier. The teachers here provide all the support that is needed. The tutoring center (Center for Academic Success) is very helpful, considering the staff members are all RNs. Like every school it has its ups and downs, but I feel as if it is really preparing me to take the NCLEX. All nursing exams given are NCLEX style which really helps. From what I remember during orientation the pass rate for the campus I attend is over 92%. I also have a few friends who graduated from Chamberlain in Addison, and all of them landed jobs within 6 months of graduation. If you want to stay somewhere close to Chicago but not attend Chamberlain, I suggest you look into College of DuPage (it is in the suburbs and I do not know if that is an option for you), NIU, and UIC. all of theses are competitive programs with wait lists. However with Chamberlain, they have rolling admissions, and you can start in January, May, or September. So you can always keep it as a back up. There is one down side to attending Chamberlain before any other nursing school, other schools allow for you to transfer their credits (meaning if you are academically released you can transfer completed courses to a different school) Chamberlain credits on the other hand will not transfer. I hope this helped!