Living in Chicago

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    Chicago is a metropolitan hub in the Midwest with an array of entertainment options.

The University of Chicago is situated on the south side of Chicago, one of the most vibrant and metropolitan cities in the country. The city provides ample cultural activities, including parks, theater, concerts, sporting activities, and highly-acclaimed restaurants. Located on Lake Michigan and within a short drive of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana, opportunities for outdoor activity are also abundant. The Museum of Science and Industry neighbors the University's campus to the east, and Chicago's museum campus is just north and home to the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum. Chicago's renowned Art Institute has one fo the largest Impressionist collections in the world. Chicago is home to an array of professional sporting teams, including the Bears, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, Fire, and (current Stanely Cup champions!) Blackhawks. 

The University of Chicago provides many opportunities for students to take advantage of the numerous activities throughout the city with discounts or free admission. 

For more information about living in Chicago as a graduate student, please see UChicagoGrad's Graduate Life website

Chicago news outlets are listed below.

Many of Chicago's cultural/musical/art institutions are listed here.

Live Music and Clubs

Chicago is serious about sports. Professional teams are listed below (in no particular order).

Outdoor Activities

Summer festivals and series are a mainstay in Chicago. Here are just a few of the big ones.

Stand-up comedy has a long history in Chicago. Famous Second City alums include Tina Fey, John Belushi, Dan Akroyd, Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray. Find below a list of venues to see stand-up comedy and improv.