Local Atmosphere

Chicago, IL
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is live during the day, there are after class activities, but I do not participate.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Chicago is amazing, and a great place to find culture, and to have fun in

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are SO many things and events to do and attend all around campus as well as outside of campus. Being located in the city, our campus is spread out (some would even say that our campus is the city). This is a great opportunity to get a real independent college-life experience!

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is the best part about Columbia. The on campus housing options are all located in the South Loop, which is a vibrant part of the city. The location is perfect and so very close to the buildings for class, and any other major even happening in the city. The Red Line Harrison stop is right outside of Plymouth which leads to many adventures.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The museums are very cool but the cost of the museums is very high and there are no museums that Columbia students can go to for free that are any good. University of Chicago students can go to the art institute for free but the Art Students at Columbia can't. They can only go to a few mediocre museums.


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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 110 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 111 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% 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 111 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 110 responses

  • 8% No way.
  • 37% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 55% Totally.



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