Microscopy Instruction, Consultation & Analysis

MICA in Chicago

Based in Chicago, MICA offers approximately 10 asbestos-related microscopy training courses each year in our home city, all of which are taught by MICA founder Peter M. Cooke. Chicago is a fabulous metropolis set on beautiful Lake Michigan, with some of the world’s best restaurants, a vibrant theater scene, and dozens of unique neighborhoods.
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MICA Course Tips

Here’s some information to help you plan for your MICA course:

  • Class begins at 8:00 a.m. each morning and ends approximately 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday, and by 1:00 pm on Friday. If you plan to fly on Friday, it’s best to schedule your flight after 3:00 pm to allow sufficient time to get to the airport.
  • We ask that you refrain from using cell phones during class. There is a break both in the morning and afternoon, as well as lunchtime. Your cooperation will make for a much more satisfying educational experience for all.
  • Plan to spend approximately 1-2 hours on assigned reading each evening.
  • In addition to morning and afternoon breaks, students have a 45-minute lunch period. Beverages and snacks are provided by MICA. Lunch is on your own, and is available at a variety of local venues.
  • MICA supplies an individual microscope and all associated reading materials for each student. If you prefer to bring your own microscope, please let us know in advance.
  • Certificates: If you have successfully completed the course and your tuition is paid, you will receive a MICA certificate at the conclusion of the course. Replacement certificates cost $40 and will be mailed to the laboratory that paid for the course.
Classroom Location

MICA courses are held at Inn at Lincoln Park, 601 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL, 60614. The hotel is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, approximately two miles north of downtown Chicago. The classroom is in a superb location, very near to Lake Michigan, Wrigley Field, DePaul University and a multitude of shops, theatres and restaurants.


MICA has negotiated a preferred rate for MICA students at Hotel Versey – Days Inn Chicago, located at 644 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614.  To receive the MICA-preferred rate at Days Inn, you must make your reservation through Michael Boone at US1 Travel, (843) 410-1734.  He can also help you with all your travel needs.

Other Hotels

Inn at Lincoln Park (where MICA courses are held)
601 W. Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL
(773) 348-2810

Hotel Lincoln
1816 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(855) 514-8112

The Willows Hotel
555 W. Surf St.
Chicago, IL
(773) 528-8400

Airports and Transportation

Two major airports serve the Chicago metropolitan area:

  • O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Chicago Midway Airport (MDW)

Taxi service is available from the airport; Airport Express is a local shuttle service.  Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the public transportation service in Chicago.