Living in Chicago

Welcome to Chicago!
The third largest city in the US, home to nearly 3 million people, 7 professional sports teams, miles of Lake Michigan, 7600 acres of parkland, and no shortage of entertainment, restaurants, and nightlife. With so much to see and experience, there has never been a more exciting time to live in Chicago.

Getting Around
The MSHC program hosts its classes in Streeterville, a neighborhood just north of the main business district/downtown area, called “the Loop”. With such a prime location, students are able to live all over the city and commute to Saturday classes.

The closest train stop for the Northwestern Chicago campus is the Chicago/State Red Line stop. The Red Line runs 24 hours a day, and is a major north/south train line (trains are often referred to as “the El’). Many students will live in neighborhoods off of various stops on the Red Line, such as the South Loop (Roosevelt stop), Lincoln Park (Fullerton stop) or Wrigleyville (Addison stop).

There are also several CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) buses that can drop you off on campus. The 66 bus runs east/west along Chicago Avenue; the 151, 146, and 135 buses all run express from Michigan Avenue to various neighborhoods.

Chicago is fortunately one of the most public transit friendly, and easily accessible, cities in the US.

Chicago has 77 neighborhoods, each with unique attractions, cultural hubs, and local food joints. One of the best parts of the city is that many entertainment options are free to the public, such as the Lincoln Park Zoo, Millennium Park, and countless festivals, movie nights and concerts.

Some neighborhoods are centered around Chicago athletics, such as Wrigleyville (home of the Cubs’ Wrigley Field). Others have a bustling art scene, like Pilsen, with wall murals and statues lining the streets.

Chicago residents come from many different heritages, and there are many places to celebrate them, such as Chinatown’s Chinese-American museum, and Jefferson Park’s Irish-American Heritage Center. Several city spots, such as Wicker Park and Old Town, consist of streets filled with bars, restaurants, and live music.

Neighborhoods along the lake offer beautiful waterfront walking/biking paths, beaches, parks, and views of Lake Michigan. Year-round, Chicago is a vibrant and scenic place to call home.

The list of what to check out in Chicago seems endless, but here is a taste of what we are known for -

  1. The Chicago River is the only river in the world that flows backwards. The river also is dyed green every St. Patrick’s Day, and provides stunning views of the city’s architectural accomplishments.
  2. The two tallest buildings in the city are the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and the John Hancock Tower (this one is right by Northwestern’s Chicago campus!). They offer daily tours and observation decks.
  3. Take in a game! Chicago Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Bulls, etc. all offer special rates on tickets for students at various points in the year. Northwestern also has its own exciting, B1G 10 sports action; football, basketball, and all other teams play up on the Evanston campus.
  4. The Art Institute of Chicago is the second largest art museum in the US. It has 1.5 million visitors from all around the world annually. It is located in between two large downtown parks – Millennium Park & Grant Park.
  5. Chicago has dozens of festivals each year - many of which are free! Taste of Chicago is the world’s largest food festival.
  6. Chicago invented the Ferris Wheel in 1893 for the World’s Fair. You can find the 15-story wheel at Navy Pier!
  7. Last, but certainly not least, we are very much known for our food in this city. Some Chicago signature dishes include hot dogs (with everything on them!), deep-dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, and frozen custard.

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Chicago, IL 60611