There are two main things that define the city of Wheaton and its inhabitants: 1) Dupage County is one of the richest counties in the nation, and 2) Wheaton has one of the highest percentages of churches per capita in the world. As such, neighborhoods surrounding the school are mostly comprised of wealthy white church-going families. As this demographic is very similar to the Wheaton student body, there exists a wonderful relationship between the local community and the College. The downside to this unity, however, is that students often feel encapsulated in a bubble, unable to see the real world. Even so, the city of Wheaton has a cozy, small-town feel, with delightful parks and coffee shops within walking distance of campus. Many students complain that there is nothing to do around Wheaton at night, as the town seems to shut down when the sun drops below the horizon. But all that separates you from the rich cultural experience that is Chicago is a five-minute walk to the Metra station and a 45-minute train ride. Wheaton may have limited options, but Chicago offers more activities than you could ever hope for.
Downtown Chicago always hosts numerous activities. You can see fireworks over Lake Michigan, jazz festivals in Millennium Park, world-renowned art exhibits, Broadway shows, or even underground metal concerts. However, despite the magnetic pull of the city, it is hard for students to find a few hours to spare amidst all that studying. And sadly, there are not many close-by options, except for miniature golf, bowling alleys, coffee houses, and Los Burritos, the infamous Mexican hub. Still, Wheaton’s got the best of both worlds: Peaceful college town and big city life. You may have to put some work into finding activities, but, if you’re willing, the opportunities are endless. Be adventurous and explore!