Go Au Pair in Chicago offers a child care experience through cultural exchange

Jonathan Feder
Jonathan Feder
June 17, 2022.
Go Au Pair has helped us with a seamless and personalized experience hiring an au pair we pre-matched with.
Kevin Dahm
Kevin Dahm
May 9, 2022.
We first found Go Au Pair in January 2022 when we were looking for a childcare provider for our toddler. Their website is setup well and searching for candidates is simple. While filling out the host profile takes a bit of time it's worth it as both you and the au pairs are able to share a lot of information. We found an Au Pair in rematch and our local coordinator in town and placement manager were supportive. They were easy to get a hold of and always got back to us in a timely manner. While our match with our Au Pair did not last the staff at Go Au Pair has made moving on painless and helped provide our Au Pair with a new opportunity in a different state. They were impartial and patient while addressing our concerns.
Hobba Family
Hobba Family
January 5, 2022.
We are a first time host family as part of the Au Pair program. We selected Go Au Pair as our agency of choice because we loved the ease of use and extensive search functionality on their platform for searching Au Pair candidates. Additionally, their customer service is top notch! They are responsive and take good care to answer all of our questions in detail. The entire process has been very smooth and efficient. We highly recommend Go Au Pair if you are looking into the program!
Elena del Busto
Elena del Busto
January 4, 2022.
This agency is wonderful. They are the best Au Pair agency we have worked with.
Jeffrey Pih
Jeffrey Pih
October 25, 2021.
I am a three year returning customer of Go Au Pair, and the staff is always very reliable, timely, and courteous. I have had a very good childcare experience overall using and using Go Au Pair to facilitate has made it even better. Special shoutout to Crystal and Gina our local rep!
Gail Reilly
Gail Reilly
October 4, 2021.
Go Aupair has been a great company to work. Having used Go Au Pair for the past 9 years for Childcare, has been a great decision to get reliable quality help. Go Au Pair is great to work because they are professional. I highly recommend them for Aupair services.
David Horn
David Horn
July 1, 2021.
The GoAuPair team was great, and the profiles were so easy to search and favorite. We came in needing a match a little more quickly, and they came through! Recommended!
Susan Yau
Susan Yau
June 28, 2021.
We have been a host family with goaupair since 2018 and have hosted several au pairs -- there are many agencies out there but we found goaupair responsive and were experienced with finding us the right match. We are based in New Jersey/NYC area and have a great local LCC support as well.
Joel C.
Joel C.
June 7, 2021.
This will be our 7th consecutive year that my family has been using Go Au Pair as our au pair agency. They are extremely helpful, responsive, and professional throughout the entire process of finding an au pair. All of the au pairs that we have found through the Go Au Pair agency have worked out great for our family. Rachel G. our placement coordinator, is always very kind, knowledgeable, and reliable. My family and I highly recommend Go Au Pair!
Liz Hutchings
Liz Hutchings
April 28, 2021.
We highly recommend Go Au Pair & hosting an Au Pair! When my husband and I started thinking about the Au Pair program, Go Au Pair was there every step of the way. There was no pressure on the upfront when we were asking questions and understanding the ins and outs of the program. The service is incredibly professional and trustworthy. As far as hosting an au pair, our experience has been amazing! We love our au pair, she is a part of our family. She has been the best caregiver, we wouldn't have survived this year without her! I cannot recommend Go Au Pair enough!

What is an Au Pair?

Au Pairs are pre-screened international young adults with child care experience who provide full time, live-in child care and introduces a memorable cultural experience at an affordable cost. With Au Pair child care, families in Chicago can enjoy all the benefits of in home child care.

Au Pairs can be responsible for general supervision of the children, driving, laundry, homework help, preparing meals, and providing morning and bedtime help. As an Au Pair agency, Go Au Pair is dedicated to helping families in the Chicago area choose an Au Pair that fits their specific family needs.

Local Area Representative in Chicago

Go Au Pair has a Local Area Representative in Chicago and surrounding areas to help our families during their experience. Our agency’s local representative will assist your family and Au Pair with any questions related to your live in child care needs.


“Annemarie has been responsive and has reached out several times in the past six weeks to ask us about the transitioning.”
Kathryn, Host Mom, Evanston, IL
“[Annemarie] is very friendly and very helpful.”
Anilia, Au Pair, Orland Park, IL
“Excellent accessibility by the LAR.”
Mital, Host Mom, Chicago, IL
“My LAR is a good person and her help is really important about build a good relationship with my host family…. And She write me frequently.”
Lina, Au Pair, Lake Bluff, IL

“I liked everything about my living in US. Chicago is a beautiful city , there are a lot of kind of entertainment. People are so open to communication. Food is delicious amd my local area was amazing, close to forest preserve and parks”

Dariia, Au Pair, Chicago, IL

The areas I serve in Illinois

I cover city of Chicago, and all Chicagoland suburbs spanning Lake, Cook, DuPage, Will and Lake Counties of Illinois and Indiana.

Territory major towns:

Chicago, Lake Forest, Evanston, Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Lake Bluff, Highland Park, Northbrook, Glenview, Winnetka, Elmhurst, Downers Grove, Oak Brook, Hinsdale, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Wheaton, St Charles, Lisle, Burridge, Park Ridge, Orland Park, Plainfield, Lemont, Gary, Hammond

My name is Annemarie Blahova, and I am Area Representative for Go Au Pair in the Greater Chicago Area. I am globally minded. I have lived, studied, worked, and travelled abroad and I have firsthand insight into making each cultural exchange placement successful.

I am passionate about the Au Pair program! I enjoy working with all the Host Families and Au Pairs, helping to create a wonderful experience for them throughout their year!

I have been fortunate to be part of a fabulous group of professionals at Go Au Pair and I’ve seen what an incredible impact the program has on the Host Parents, their children, and Au Pairs.

We have growing cluster here in Chicago and surrounding areas. Our carefully screened and trained Au Pairs are from all over the world: South America, Europe, and Africa. Their backgrounds encompass diverse cultures and many languages such as African, German, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian to name few.

Our Host Families have infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school age children all the way up to late teens.   Many Host Parents have demanding careers in healthcare, sales, marketing, finance, accounting, legal, education and IT professions. They recognize the benefits of choosing Go Aupair program and have confidence that they chose the best care for their children.

Au Pair Cultural Activities

Au Pairs are required to attend a number of Cultural Activities with their Local Area Representative and nearby Au Pairs to make sure they experience the local community and culture during their stay. Below are some of the activities Erin’s cluster has been up to recently!

Au Pairs attend several Cultural Activities and Events with their area representative and their hosting families to assure they can experience the local community and culture during their stay. A concert, pizza night, pedal boating, art museum, bowling- Chicago and suburbs offer endless opportunities for fun. Here are some noteworthy we have recently enjoyed:

We traditionally kick off winter at Lightscape festival in Chicago Botanic Garden, taking time to walk the illuminated trail filled with interactive displays.

Skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice ring in Millennium Park followed by nice cup of hot chocolate or coffee was so much fun. For some of the au pairs this was their very first time standing on skates!

The thrill of annual Air and Water Show returns to Chicago every summer for whole weekend and there was no better way to enjoy it than on the beach, rain, or shine, with au pairs and host families .

Additional Resources for Families and Au Pairs in Chicago, IL

driver's license info for au pairs

Driving can be part of your Au Pair’s responsibilities. If this is the case, the Au Pair will need to pass the test and get a driver’s license from the nearest Illinois (IL) DMV office preferably within first two months of being in the US. Host Families need to check with their car insurance agency for their rules for adding an Au Pair to the insurance.

public transportation info for au pairs

Au Pairs can learn about inexpensive solutions to travel around town. Many Au pairs get their USA driver’s license and are allowed to use a host family’s vehicle for a personal use with certain restrictions, although taxis, Uber, Lyft, and shuttles are also available.

Au Pairs need to complete their education requirement as part of their exchange program in the United States. There are many places in Chicagoland they may be able to enroll. Full list of all accredited school is readily available to Au pairs and Host families on our community website. Here are some options.

Oakton remains an open-access community college, offering associate degree, certificate, and adult continuing education programs.

College of DuPage strives to be the center for excellence in teaching, learning, and cultural experiences. The COD campuses are in west suburbs.

College of DuPage | College of DuPage (

Many Au pairs choose to complete portion or all 6 credits / 72 hours at Au Pair weekend classes offered through accredited colleges and universities in each location across the U.S. These programs satisfy U.S. Department of State J-1 Visa educational requirement

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IRS tax info for au pairsAu Pairs and Host Families can learn about tax withholdings and filing specific for the Au Pair program. Always consult a tax advisor to learn how taxes apply.

social security card info for au pairsAn Au Pair will need to get a Social Security # before getting a bank account and driver’s license. Go Au Pair will provide a welcome packet with social security information, on the Au Pairs arrival. We advise Au Pairs to wait 10 days after arrival to get their social security number. You can make an appointment at a social security office, closest to your home.

Child Friendly Activities for Au Pairs and Host Families

Au Pairs will find that Chicagoland offers a wide variety of exciting things to do and places to visit. There are many science and historical museums, art displays, scenic touring, and physical activities. Families and Au Pairs can find activities they are most interested in.

The Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, is a 110-story building designed by Bruce Graham of the firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. One can step outside what’s not only the tallest building in Chicago but the third-tallest building in the Western Hemisphere! The viewing tower offers spectacular views spanning up to four states

No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the Art Institute. Consistently rated among the world’s top museums the Art Institute of Chicago is home to the greatest collection of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris. The Modern Wing has its extraordinary collection of works by Chagall, Dalí, Matisse, Picasso, and Pollock. The Art Institute has something for everyone!

Shedd Aquarium’s mission is to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. From whales to snails, tarantulas to turtles, look nature in the eye as you meet 32,000 animals from aquatic habitats around the world.

Visitors can go nose-to-nose with gorillas and chimpanzees, howl with red wolves, peer into a black bear den and immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of Africa with wild dogs, pygmy hippos and black rhinos. Beyond providing a wild home to hundreds of species, Lincoln Park Zoo also operates one of the largest zoo-based conservation and science programs in the country.

One of the best ways to see Chicago is from the water. The city is home to two stunning waterfronts — the Chicago River and Lake Michigan — and each offers plenty of cruise options. Admire the skyline on a lakefront cruise, learn about the city’s iconic architecture on a Chicago River cruise, enjoy dinner and dancing aboard an all-glass vessel, sip cocktails on a tiki-themed boat, paddle your own kayak — the options are truly endless

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