Posted on January 11, 2018
#student living #chicago 

Now that you are moved in and all settled down in your new house, heres a guide of things to do in and around Chicago. Living day to day life in a foreign city can be challenging when you do not know where to go and how to get work done, find below a gist of everything you need to have knowledge about to lead a comfortable and eventful life!

Entertainment

Need to unwind after a long week?

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Museums

  • The Art Institute of Chicago: Founded in 1879 and located in Chicago's Grant Park, it is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States
  • Museum of Contemporary Art: A contemporary art museum near Water Tower Place in downtown Chicago in Cook County. It was established in 1967.
  • Adler Planetarium: A public museum dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics. It was founded in 1930 and is located on the northeast tip of Northerly Island at the shore of Lake Michigan.
  • Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium: An indoor public aquarium in Chicago that opened on May 30, 1930.

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Theatres

If you are a movie and drama buff Chicago is for you!

  • Steppenwolf Theatre: A Chicago theatre company founded in 1974. Steppenwolf is located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood on Halsted Street.
  • Chicago Theatre: Originally known as the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre, it is a landmark theatre located on North State Street in the Loop area of Chicago.
  • Briar Street Theater: Originally a carriage house for horses, was bought by Walter Topel and reconstructed into the theatre it is today.

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Sports

  • Chicago has a soft spot for baseball and every sports fan needs to visit a stadium and feel the adrenaline pump!
  • United Centre: It is an indoor sports arena located in the Near West Side neighbourhood. The United Center is home to both the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association and the Chicago Blackhawksof the National Hockey League.
  • Wrigley Field: A baseball park located on the North Side of Chicago. It is the home of the Chicago Cubs, one of the city's two Major League Baseball franchises.
  • Guaranteed Rate Field: Is a baseball park, that serves as the home ballpark for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball. The park opened for the 1991 season, and was originally known as Comiskey Park.

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Festivals

  • Taste of Chicago is the world's largest food festival, held for five days in July in Chicago, at Grant Park. The event is the largest festival in Chicago. - The Chicago Air & Water Show is an annual air show held on the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago. The show has been held each year since 1959.
  • Jammin' at the Zoo is an annual summer concert series from June through August at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
  • Square Roots (previously called the Folk & Roots Festival) is a two- to three-day music festival that has been held each summer in the Lincoln Square neighbourhood in Chicago since 1998.

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Places to Visit

For the tourist in you!

  • Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot-long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is located in the Streeterville neighbourhood. There is also a firework show twice a week.
  • Chicago Botanical Gardens is 385 acres of landscaped gardens displaying millions of plants & flowers in a variety of settings. Located at Glencoe a suburb of Chicago.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo is a free of cost 35-acre zoo located in Lincoln Park in Chicago.
  • Garfield Park Conservatory 184-acre park with a swimming pool, fishing lagoon, athletic fields, tennis courts & more.

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Food

Don't have an empty tummy ever again.

Everyday Eating

  • Bean Counter Cafe, not only a coffee bar, Bean Counter is a breakfast and lunch spot as well. Located at Lees Summit, is open from 7:00 AM till 2:00 PM throughout the week. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. Average spending here is under $10 dollars.
  • Pleasant House Bakery, famous for its savoury pies and curry spiced chicken. Located on Halsted Street this bakery even grows its own vegetables! Open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM and closed on Mondays. You're likely to spend just over $10 dollars for a full meal.
  • Big & Little's located at Lakeview is a cash only counter-serve american eatery. Open from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM on all days but Sunday. You'd spend an average of $10-$15 for a meal.
  • Dough Bros serves hearty portions of pizza's and subs at prices less than $10. It is located at North State St and serves till wee hours of the morning on Thursday's, Friday's and Saturday's and till midnight through the week.
  • KHAN BBQ open on all days of the week and operational from 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM is and Indian/Pakistani restaurant that will leave you full in less than $10.

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Coffeehouses

  • Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea is a high-end coffeehouse, open from 6:30 AM to 8:00 PM. Their major outlets in Chicago are at Millennium Park, Monadnock Building and North Broadway.
  • Seattle's Best Coffee is in many Chicago locations. It is an inexpensive coffee chain and bakery.
  • Starbucks Corporation is an American coffee company and coffeehouse chain, that is well known worldwide.

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Shopping

Fresh and trending!

Drugstores

These drugstores have several branches in and around Chicago, visit thier websites to know which one you're closest to.

  • Wallgreen's Store Chicago
  • 7--Eleven

Convenience Stores(Grocery/Supermarket)

Popular amongst students and locals alike, there are a lot of branches around Chicago for these stores.

  • Trader Joe's
  • Walmart
  • Harvestime Foods
  • Jewel
  • Whole Foods Market

Clothing (women & men)

  • Rainbow Shops at North Milwaukee Avenue
  • Nabia at North Clarke Street
  • Sara Jane at North Wells Street
  • Urban Outfitters at North Clark Street
  • Plato's Closet at North Broadway
  • Threadless HQ at Sangamon Street

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Convenience

We're sure you miss the comfort of home.

Laundromats

Most of the time, you'll find this basic amenity at home or in your apartment building, incase you don't ..

  • Yo-Yo Coin Laundromat at West Chicago Avenue
  • Sudz Laundromat & Drop Off at North Ashland Avenue
  • Washing Well at North Ridge Avenue
  • Friendly Wash Laundromat at North Kedzie Avenue
  • Kimbark Coin Laundry at East 53rd Street

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Food Delivery

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