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5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Compared to some of the surrounding suburbs, and even the other Chicago neighborhoods, this is an interesting area to explore. Studying is complimented by all the fun events that go on- especially during the summer months.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: I love chicago. It's busy and there's always stuff to do.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Chicago is a great place to live, and there is so much to do all the time. You will never be bored here.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Loyola is in Roger's Park, less than 45 min trip to downtown Chicago on the Red line. Local atmosphere is a huge part of campus life, and students definitely engage in the various attractions and activities at both Lake Shore and Downtown campuses.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are a lot of different activities available within a short distance. The availability for public transportation makes it easier to go to a lot of different places.


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It is next to impossible to become bored in Chicago unless you try really, really hard. Chicago is the heart and soul of the Midwest. The Second City pulses with the combined energy of an entire region. The first thing a student must know is that Chicago is likely much larger than anywhere he or she has ever lived before. As intimidating as this idea can be, Chicago manages to remain friendly and inviting to those unused to its hustle and bustle. Because many Chicagoans have migrated to the city from other places, most are willing to help outsiders find their way around the many highlights and lowlights of the place they call home.

One of the things that makes Chicago so accommodating to students is that, in many ways, it is just one big college town. In addition to Loyola, Chicago features DePaul University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois in Chicago, Northwestern, Columbia College, Illinois Institute of Technology, and many other schools. Odds are that many of the people you see walking the streets are enrolled in one university or other. This overall community of youthful exuberance makes for an exciting city life. Street festivals happen so often during the summertime it seems like the city is hosting one big, never-ending party. The Chicago Blues Festival, Taste of Chicago, Venetian Nights, and many other fairs attract thousands to the city. Winter is the time for the thriving European community to shine, with Oktoberfest and the Kristkindlemakt highlighting a surprisingly eventful time of year.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. While Chicago is known as a great baseball town, its two teams have had a difficult time becoming world champions. The White Sox finally won in 2005, their first World Series win since 1917, but the Cubs' World Series drought stretches to 97 years.
  2. Chicagoans are split on how their town received its title of the "Windy City." Some chalk it up to the blustery weather blown in off of Lake Michigan, but others prefer the story about the propensity of local politicians to be full of hot air.
  3. Chicago is home to 2,836,659 people, making it the third most populous in America behind Los Angeles and New York City.
  4. Standing at 1,450 feet and 110 stories high, Chicago's Sears Tower (soon to be Willis Tower) is the tallest building in North America.
  5. The Art Institute of Chicago holds the largest collection of impressionist paintings outside of Paris, including a large selection of Monets and Gauguins.
Notable Natives
  • Jane Addams
  • John Belushi
  • Andre Braugher
  • Dick Butkus
  • Al Capone
  • Chris Chelios
  • Michael Crichton
  • John Cusack
  • Clarence Darrow
  • Walt Disney
  • Louis Farrakhan
  • Chris Farley
  • Harrison Ford
  • Benny Goodman
  • George Halas
  • Dorothy Hamill
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Rickey Henderson
  • Marilu Henner
  • Hugh Hefner
  • Kenny Lofton
  • Bernie Mac
  • David Mamet
  • Curtis Mayfield
  • Jenny McCarthy
  • Mr. T
  • Bill Murray
  • "Baby Face" Nelson
  • Eliot Ness
  • Bob Newhart (Loyola alum)
  • Aidan Quinn
  • Lou Rawls
  • Pat Sajak
  • Shel Silverstein
  • Gene Siskel
  • Mel Torme
  • Robert Townsend
  • Antoine Walker
  • Raquel Welch
  • George Wendt
  • Kanye West
  • Robin Williams
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
Local Slang
  • "Cheesborger, cheesborger": What to order at Billy Goat Tavern
  • Cheeseheads: Wisconsinites
  • Da Coach, Iron Mike: Famous Bears coach Mike Ditka
  • The Dan Ryan: The section of I 90/94 that runs through city
  • Downstate: Anywhere in Illinois south of Chicago
  • The Eisenhower Expressway, the Ike: I-290 Expressway
  • The El: The famous elevated train system
  • The Friendly Confines: Wrigley Field
  • The Loop: Chicago's downtown area, surrounded by the El
  • LSD: Lake Shore Drive
  • The Magnificent Mile: Michigan Avenue south of LSD and north of the Chicago River
  • Metra: Railroad that helps suburbanites get in and out
  • MJ: Bulls icon Michael Jordan
  • Second City, Chi-town: Nicknames for Chicago
  • Stoop: Stairs in front of a house
  • Sweetness: Bears legend Walter Payton
  • The Taste: The Taste of Chicago, a large summertime festival
Points of Interest
  • Aragon Theater
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • DuSable Museum of African American History
  • Grant Park
  • Green City Market
  • The Hancock Building
  • Harold Washington Library Center
  • House of Blues Chicago
  • Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue)
  • Millennium Park
  • Museum Campus
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Museum of Science & Industry
  • Navy Pier
  • Sears Tower
  • Tribune Building
  • The United Center
  • Wrigley Field
Shopping Centers
  • Belmont Avenue and Clark Street
  • Davis Street in Evanston
  • Michigan Avenue
  • North Avenue
Movie Theaters
AMC River East 21
322 E. Illinois St.
(847) 765-7262
Movie Theaters
Century 12 Evanston
1715 Maple Ave.
(847) 492-0123
Movie Theaters
Loews 600 North Michigan
600 N. Michigan Ave.
(312) 255-9347
Movie Theaters
Loews Esquire
58 E. Oak St.
(312) 280-1205
Movie Theaters
Navy Pier IMAX 1
600 E. Grand Ave.
(312) 595-5629
Movie Theaters
Village North Theater
6746 N. Sheridan Rd.
(773) 764-9100
Major Sports Teams
  • Chicago Bears: football
  • Chicago Blackhawks: hockey
  • Chicago Bulls: basketball
  • Chicago Cubs: baseball
  • Chicago Fire: soccer
  • Chicago White Sox: baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Detroit: MI: 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • St. Louis: MO: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 104 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 101 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 7% 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.
  • 92% 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 101 responses

  • 4% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 30% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 66% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 101 responses

  • 7% No way.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 44% Totally.



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