Local Atmosphere

Chicago, IL
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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Chicago is an amazing city with lots of stuff to do and see. Columbia College being in the South Loop opens up loads of entertainment options for students.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I LIVE IN CHICAGO! Of course it's cool. Transportation is nice, the other students are nice. its beautiful at night, etc. the only thing is...it's Chicago. Its also known for its danger. There is a lot of violence and mishaps happening everywhere, so you have to be wary living in the city. Especially as a female.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: A lot to do. Beautiful city. Pricey like other major cities.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere of the city truly should receive 5 stars. We interact with all of the nearby schools and there's always festivals, concerts, parties, etc. to do while living here, I never get bored! Of course my school is located just blocks away from the Magnificent Mile, so places to shop are endless and there are great restaurants as well. Chicago is a true tourist attraction! Only reason why I gave this rating a four is because of the weather. The winters here are brutal and I am leaving as soon as possible. The best attractions can't keep me in the type of weather I've experienced this past winter!

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Chicago is an amazing city with so much to offer. I can't imagine how anyone could be bored here.


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Whitney Fox
Topeka, Kansas
Television Writing and Producing
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Columbia College is located in the South Loop of downtown Chicago. The atmosphere is thriving, creative, cozy, and most importantly, safe. The Columbia campus is spread between three streets wide and 14 blocks long. There isn't a place on campus you can't get to by walking.

Surrounding the area are plenty of neighborhood restaurants, shops, grocery stores, and convenience stores. Because of the Harold Washington Library, seven colleges have placed their campuses in the South Loop. With college students everywhere, education is in the air, and motivation is around every corner.

Facts & Statistics

Points of Interest
  • The Art Institute
  • Chicago Cultural Center
  • The Field Museum
  • Grant Park
  • Millennium Park
  • The Sears Tower
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Soldier Field
Shopping Centers
  • Macy's on State Street
  • Michigan Avenue, "The Magnificent Mile"
  • State Street
Movie Theaters
AMC River East 21 Theater
322 E. Illinois St.
River North
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Kerasotes Theater
150 W. Roosevelt Rd.
South Loop
(312) 564-2104
Major Sports Teams
  • Chicago Bears: NFL
  • Chicago Blackhawks: NHL
  • Chicago Bulls: NBA
  • Chicago Cubs: MLB
  • Chicago White Sox: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Milwaukee: WI: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Did You Know?
  • Columbia College is located in the heart of Chicago's South Loop, just steps away from Chicago's Museum Campus, and a short bus or train ride from hundreds of theatre and music venues, independent film festivals, and galleries.
  • The South Loop has the most dogs of any neighborhood in Chicago.
  • The College sits in the heart of Chicago's South Loop, home to the Chicago Symphony, the Art Institute, and the Museum Campus. Chicago is also host to nine independent film festivals, 200 theatre groups and venues, more than 35 radio stations, and more than 25 magazines and newspapers.
  • Just north of campus, next to Millennium Park with the magnificent Gehry Music Pavilion and the whimsical Jaume Plensa "spitting" fountain, is the well-known Michigan Avenue Boulevard.
  • The well-known Printers Row neighborhood is nearby, and Grant Park and the Museum Campus aren't far off. New high-rise apartments and condominiums are appearing in the South Loop with some frequency.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 119 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 118 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 96% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 118 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 12% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 88% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 118 responses

  • 9% No way.
  • 38% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 53% Totally.



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