If you want to explore a new city with new friends and have a fun summer all while building your resume, this is the program for you! I met like minded people who are ambitious and driven like myself, and feel that I grew as a person too. I know people who now work in their field of interest, at the companies they interned for, and even a few who graduated and got jobs with Dream Careers. I still keep in touch with friends I've made through the program.
One of my favorite aspects of the program is the weekly speakers.
If you are not a US citizen this program will help set you up with visa's and everything you need to work/live abroad.
If you are a US citizen, I would not suggest going into any sort of debt for this program. It's cheaper to find resume and interview advice online, apply yourself, and find your own housing for the summer.
If your goal is a career changing internship, that's not guaranteed. My advice, don't accept an internship if it is not the dream internship you are willing to pay for. I felt suckered into an internship I was unhappy with in Chicago, and had an unhelpful response when informing the Chicago coordinators. Once they receive your money, I personally feel they make less of an effort, so be confident before you commit to anything.
Loyola dorm we stayed in was in an amazing location right in the city with easy access to L/Metro/Subway. Most activities I did with friends I made through the program, there is SO MUCH TO DO IN THE SUMMER THERE... Millenium Park, The Bean, Boat Tours, Movies in Parks, the Beach (there's seriously a beach in the city... you turn around you are surrounded by skyscrapers), Museums, Go to top of Tallest Building - SkyDeck/Sears Tower, Festivals including Taste of Chicago, Pride Parade, and Lollapalooza. I believe the program took us to on a day boat tour, to a horse race, to a baseball game, and gave us a beautiful lake cruise as a final event.
Hope this helps!