Newcomers to the area are often pleasantly surprised by Chicago's beauty, especially along Lake Michigan and the downtown skyline. From the Evanston campus, Chicago is about 30 minutes on public transportation to the Loop, Chicago's traditional business district. The system of elevated trains (available via Metra or CTA) that encircles the district extends into Evanston, connecting you to some of the finest museums, libraries, art galleries, concert halls, theaters, and sports centers in the nation.
World Renown Live Music and Theater Venues
- Chicago is definitely a music and theater lover's town. Clubs throughout the city provide the best of the current music scene -- especially in folk music, electric blues, jazz, and gospel music. The city is home to the internationally acclaimed Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera, Grant Part Music Festival in Millenium Park, and such nationally renowned performing companies as Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Second City.
Amazing Museums and Places to Visit
- Chicago's world-class museums include the Art Institute of Chicago, National Museum of Mexican Art, Field Museum of Natural History, and Museum of Science and Industry. The Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Lincoln Park Zoo are also wonderful areas to visit and host special events year round. Conservatories at Garfield Park and Lincoln Park offer a spectacular year-round look at tropical and flowering plants.
- As Chicago is also home to the Chicago School of Architecture, the city showcases masterpieces of Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe.
Wide Variety of Cuisines and Entertainment
- Chicago features not only outstanding entertainment but also an endless array of ethnic restaurants with cuisines of every description: Thai, Japanese, French, Vietnamese, German, Indian, Ethiopian, Greek, Moroccan, Szechuan, Mexican, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Armenian, and Jamaican, to mention a few. Numerous outdoor food festivals, such as the Taste of Chicago, give a holiday atmosphere to the summer months. An afternoon at Wrigley Field with the Cubs, Comiskey Park with the Sox, Soldier Field with the Bears, or an evening enjoying a Bulls game are all great ways to unwind.