College is an opportune moment in your life to branch out and take advantage of all your school offers you. Attending a liberal arts college in Chicago means you get an amazing education while being in one of the coolest cities in North America. As a world-class city, Chicago has a lot to offer and as a student you have the advantage of discounts, so use this time as best you can! After all, learning continues outside the classroom, and these are the experiences which help shape who you are. If you’re new to college, then events are a great opportunity to go out with a group or meet new friends. Here, we’ll give you some ideas of how to get around and what to see.
Chicago was named “best sports city” in 2010, and is home to notable teams like the Chicago Cubs and the White Sox (baseball), the Chicago Bulls (basketball), and the Chicago Blackhawks (hockey) to name a few. Needless to say, you would be missing an opportunity if you didn’t check out at least one of these teams play a home game. If you’re looking for some personal activities to complement your mentally stimulating liberal arts education, why not take a stroll around one of the many landmark parks in the city, including Lincoln Park which is home to playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, jogging trails, and fields for baseball and soccer. When you’re heading out to the park, why not rent a bike using the city’s Divvy bike share program? 24 hour passes or annual memberships are available, and there are many bike paths all around the city to either get around town or take a sightseeing tour.
Chicago is known as an arts city, and here you’ll find no shortage of museums, concerts and performances. The Art Institute of Chicago has been named the number one museum in the world, and hosts over 300,000 pieces of art including Grant’s American Gothic and Monet’s Water Lilies. Shimer students, faculty and staff receive free admission to the museum, access to the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and an invitation to take part in two College Nights per year, which also offer free admission to your friends and family. If you go to Millennium Park to snap some photos of the amazing architecture there, you may also find yourself attending an outdoor Beethoven concert. To easily get around from campus to places like Chicago Broadway shows or the Adler Planetarium, get your CTA U-Pass, the best deal for using the subway transit system. Don’t forget that Chicago Theatre Week happens every year in February!
Sometimes places like museums involve a lot of self-contemplation and don’t leave a lot of time for socialization. As a student, you’ll begin to recognize the night life and all it has to offer to enrich your time at an alternative liberal arts college. Chicago is known worldwide for its excellent food selection. We’ve all heard of Chicago-style pizza, hotdogs and steakhouses, but on the more refined side, Chicago has many great restaurants you can go eat at with friends or on a date. World cuisines to try include Greek, Italian, Polish and Vietnamese. At night, you might attend a comedy show, including the well-known Second City improve troupe where Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert got their start. Jazz is also big on the night scene in Chicago, so be sure to catch a show or two.
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