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5 College Junior

Local Area: Chicago is the greatest city in the world, no question about it.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Hyde Park is a nice neighborhood but UChicago's location is best because it's very easy to get to the heart of downtown or to the train.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: The fact that the University is located close to the city is great! It means that there is always something to do off campus. However, this doesn't in any way diminish from the events going on on-campus. There is also usually something to do there as well. The local attitude seems to be generally positive, and, as mentioned before, there is a great variety of events available.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: It's right in the downtown area of Chicago, so if you look hard and got plenty of CASH then you'll have fun. It's expensive tho!

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3 College Senior

Local Area: Hyde park is a nice neighborhood and one that continues to develop. I would prefer to move out of it once I graduate but for right now, it's a nice place to go to school.

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There is no other city in the world like Chicago. It's big-city life meets Midwest, and the result is fantastic. The city is teeming with things to do. On any given day, you can check out the museums, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the downtown shopping, cultural neighborhoods, Lake Michigan, movies, concerts, Broadway productions, and free local events. The best part is that getting downtown is incredibly easy. One quick bus or train ride and you're at one of the major cities of the United States. While there are other schools in the area, like Northwestern and DePaul, chances are you won’t see many of the students except downtown at night. However, you will see a ton of people between the ages of 21 and 25. It’s a vibrant youth culture that you have more than enough access to.

As for Hyde Park itself, it's definitely city living. You have to be aware of your surroundings. There is some crime, but the University Police and city police do their best to keep everything under control. The University is very safety-conscious, so there are multiple programs in place that help you get from point A to point B without any concerns. However, along with the crime, you also get a ton of local flavor. Hyde Park has a lot of local restaurants and some street fairs that can keep you entertained if you don't feel like making the trip downtown. It's kind of like the city of Chicago is the University's "Uptown."  How many places can say that?

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The brownie was invented in Chicago by Bertha Palmer, wife of business mogul Potter Palmer. She wanted a portable sweet snack for people at the Chicago World's Fair.
  2. The Great Fire of 1871 decimated the city. It started at the O'Leary's family farm on the South Side and wiped out the entire downtown area and much of the North Side. The motto after the fire was, "Chicago will rise again," which is partly where the University of Chicago's Phoenix mascot comes from.
  3. The Midway was once the fairgrounds of the World's Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair in1893. The Museum of Science and Industry is the last remaining structure from the event.
  4. There are a series of tunnels under the downtown area that were originally intended for merchandise transportation. However, they're now sealed off, partly because of the Great Chicago Flood of 1992. A small leak turned into a big problem when the tunnels were completely flooded and Loop basements were destroyed, costing the city almost $2 billion.
  5. The word "skyscraper" was first applied to buildings by a Chicago newspaper. William LeBaron Jenney designed the first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building, in 1888. It was eventually torn down in 1931.
Notable Natives
  • John Belushi - actor
  • Al Capone - mobster
  • Hilary Clinton - politician, former First Lady of the United States
  • Stephen Colbert - host of "The Colbert Report" (attended Northwestern University)
  • Nat King Cole - singer
  • John Cusack - actor
  • Philip K. Dick - writer
  • Walt Disney - entrepreneur
  • Mike Ditka - NFL coach
  • Roger Ebert - film critic
  • Hugh Hefner - Playboy entrepreneur
  • Ernest Hemingway - writer
  • Jennifer Hudson - actress, "American Idol" singer
  • Barack Obama - President of the United States
  • Danny Pudi - actor ("Community")
  • Mr. T - actor
  • Vince Vaughn - actor
Local Slang
  • "L": The Chicago "L" is the system of trains run by the CTA that circle downtown and extend out to the surrounding neighborhoods. It's mainly concentrated in the area downtown known as "the Loop."
  • Pop: Make sure you call it pop, not soda
Points of Interest
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Chinatown
  • The Field Museum
  • Grant Park
  • John Hancock Tower
  • Michigan Avenue
  • Millennium Park
  • The Museum of Science and Industry
  • Navy Pier
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Soldier Field
  • Willis Tower
  • Wrigley Field
Shopping Centers
  • Block 37
  • Water Tower Place
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews North Michigan 9
600 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago's Loop
(312) 255-9347
Movie Theaters
AMC River East 21
322 E. Illinois St.
(312) 596-0333
Movie Theaters
Max Palevsky Cinema
Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.
(773) 702-8574
Movie Theaters
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150 W. Roosevelt Road
West Loop
(312) 386-7440
Major Sports Teams
  • Chicago Bears: NFL
  • Chicago Blackhawks: NHL
  • Chicago Bulls: NBA
  • Chicago Cubs: MLB
  • Chicago Fire: MLS (soccer)
  • Chicago White Sox: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Milwaukee: : 1 hour, 50 minutes
Did You Know?
"Taste of Chicago" is the world's largest outdoor food festival and attracts more than 3 million visitors per year.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 74 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 76 responses

  • 75% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 1% 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.
  • 18% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 4% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 75 responses

  • 8% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 73% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 19% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 75 responses

  • 31% Totally.
  • 57% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 12% No way.



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