Local Atmosphere

Chicago, IL
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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I like the environment but I do not know if this is the kind of location that I see myself living in for long periods of time. It would depend on how much I make and what my other options are. Nonetheless, it is a great community.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is so much to do in Chicago. It is such a metropolitan area that whatever you are in the mood for you can pretty much do.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The Lincoln Park campus is very beautiful. It is a small neighborhood just 10 minutes from downtown Chicago so it is extremely family friendly and makes campus feel more like home. There is also many things to do within walking distances including nice clubs, bars, restaurants, and the beach!

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: You can find everything in Chicago!!!

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: With the clash of culture, sports, and nightlife there are endless possibilities to keep you busy, and entertained.


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Kristian Gist
Cleveland, Ohio
Business Management and Hospitality Leadership
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The local atmosphere of DePaul is truly unparallel to that of any other university in the city. Lincoln Park is the neighborhood to reside in if you’re a college student or young 20-something, and DePaul’s campus is in the center of it all. Local businesses—bars, restaurants, bookstores, movie theaters—are populated primarily by DePaul students or recent graduates who haven’t been able to drag themselves away. For the most part, these businesses cater to the wants and needs of the college students in the area and seem generally glad to have students around. There are often deals and discounts to be had in a number the bars and restaurants surrounding campus if you show your DePaul student ID.

Students are never left hungry for entertainment with the many different venues for recreation and activities. Vendors even come right onto campus to offer deals and discounts to events all over the city. There is definitely something fun and different to do every night for students who are able to balance their academic load with their social life. Plus, a huge bonus is that if you ever grow bored of the Lincoln Park atmosphere—which is pretty unlikely—there are tons of other neighborhoods to explore in the city, all of which are very different from Lincoln Park. After all, this is Chicago. Overall, students at DePaul have access to the college-town atmosphere of Lincoln Park, the fast-paced environment of downtown, the relaxing, vacation-esque feel of Lake Michigan’s beach, and a lot more—all at their fingertips.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Ferris wheel debuted in Chicago at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.
  2. Walt Disney's cartoon character Mickey Mouse was born in Chicago.
  3. Chicago is home to the world's largest bubblegum manufacturer, William Wrigley Jr, Company, which produces more than 20 million packages of gum every day.
  4. The city is home to the first totally fireproof hotel-the Palmer House Hilton, which is at State Street and Monroe Street
  5. Chicago is the third largest city in the U.S., and more than half of the population of Illinois lives in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Notable Natives
  • Jane Addams
  • John Belushi
  • Al Capone
  • Common
  • Billy Corgan
  • John Cusack
  • Miles Davis
  • John Dillinger
  • Walt Disney
  • Chris Farley
  • Harrison Ford
  • Buddy Guy
  • Hugh Hefner
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Charlton Heston
  • Michael Jordan
  • Tucker Max
  • Tom Morello
  • Bill Murray
  • "Baby Face" Nelson
  • Barack Obama
  • Walter Payton
  • Ronald Reagan
Local Slang
  • The Chi, Chi-town: Nicknames for Chicago
  • The El: The elevated train system
  • Lolla: Lollapalooza, a large summertime music festival
  • The Loop: Downtown Chicago, surrounded by the El
  • LSD: Lake Shore Drive
  • The Magnificent Mile: Michigan Avenue
  • Metra: The train system between downtown Chicago and Chicago's suburbs
  • The Riv: The Riviera, a popular concert venue
  • The Taste: The Taste of Chicago, a large summertime downtown festival
Points of Interest
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Boystown
  • Castaways
  • The Field Museum
  • Grant Park
  • Harold Washington Library
  • House of Blues
  • iO (formerly ImprovOlympic)
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Michigan Avenue
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Navy Pier
  • North Avenue Beach
  • Oz Park
  • Pilsen (Spanish-American neighborhood)
  • Riviera Theatre
  • Second City
  • Water Tower Place
  • Wicker Park
  • Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower)
  • Wrigley Field
Shopping Centers
  • Belmont Avenue
  • Clark Street
  • Halsted Street
  • Michigan Avenue
  • State and Lake streets
  • Water Tower Place
Movie Theaters
Biograph Theatre
2433 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
(773) 549-0500
Movie Theaters
Kerasotes Webster Place 11
1471 W. Webster Ave.
Lincoln Park
(773) 327-1314
Movie Theaters
Landmark Century Centre Cinema
2828 N. Clark St.
Lincoln Park
(773) 509-4949
Movie Theaters
600 N. Michigan Ave.
Near North Side
(312) 255-9347
Movie Theaters
Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Ave.
Lincoln Park
(773) 871-6606
Movie Theaters
Navy Pier IMAX 1
600 E. Grand Ave.
Near North Side
(312) 595-5629
Major Sports Teams
  • Chicago Bears: NFL
  • Chicago Blackhawks: NHL
  • Chicago Bulls: NBA
  • Chicago Cubs: MLB
  • Chicago Fire: Soccer
  • Chicago White Sox: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Indianapolis: IN: 3 hours, 15 minutes
  • Milwaukee: WI: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 153 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 149 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 4% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 1% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 95% 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 149 responses

  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 30% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 65% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 149 responses

  • 3% No way.
  • 44% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 52% Totally.



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