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4 College Junior

Local Area: My school is the heart of Chicago so there's always something to do and it's only a bus or train ride away. Student discounts are everywhere in museums and sports arenas on certain days, shopping is just down the street, there's always police or security guards on practically every corner, and the locals are pretty nice.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: Chicago is a fantastic town with lots of things to do.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: I mean, it's Chicago. There's never not something to do. Go see a comedy show, go try some ethnic food you've never had, even going to the park is great. This city is one of the best things about going here.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: The city of Chicago is great, and living in the South Loop allows for plenty of opportunities.

4 College Senior

Local Area: when going out downtown you want to make sure you don't drive because parking is expensive. Everything is a bit more expensive downtown.


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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 142 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 143 responses

  • 97% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 2% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 143 responses

  • 87% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 13% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 143 responses

  • 52% Totally.
  • 38% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 10% No way.



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