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.