Fun fact: as a student at DePaul, you receive a train pass (called the Ventra card) which allows you to go ANYWHERE in the city - for free. As long as you can access it via train or bus, the city is your playground.
With so many neighborhoods in Chicago, the task to see them all can be daunting. Luckily, I’ve created this handy list for you. The list is in no particular order, and everything will probably relate back to food. As it always does.
1. Lincoln Park: DePaul is located in the heart of Lincoln Park, but the neighborhood itself is quite large. My favorite area is on Halsted between Fullerton and Armitage, where there are endless restaurants and boutiques for you to explore.
Favorite restaurant: Blue Door Farm Stand. A delicious cafe that features amazing salads (get the Kale one) and homemade desserts (get the carrot cake).
2. Ravenswood: In my opinion, Ravenswood is quickly becoming one of the “it” neighborhoods. It is slightly more residential than Lincoln Park, which allows for a quieter feel. I love getting a coffee and walking around this area in the mornings, it’s quite relaxing and peaceful.
Favorite restaurant(s): Baker Miller and Spacca Napoli. Baker Miller is the cutest restaurant that serves breakfast and brunch. They make their own bread, grind their own oats, and prepare fantastic breakfast dishes. Get the sourdough cinnamon roll, please.
Spacca Napoli is a classic Italian pizza restaurant. I’m not a huge fan of deep dish pizza (oops!), which is why I love this place so much. Not a deep dish pizza in sight. Instead, classic Italian pizzas with an authentic feel.
3. Wicker Park: This is the quintessential hipster area of Chicago. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but you will definitely see an insane number of indie record stores, thrift stores, and flip phones. It’s a great place to spend the day!
Favorite restaurant: Antique Taco. Probably the cutest restaurant I’ve been to in Chicago. I usually get the Mexican pop-tart for my birthday every year, and you can’t go wrong with any of their tacos. The menu is constantly changing, too! All the more reason to visit weekly.
I might make another list if you guys enjoyed this. Make sure to explore the city while you’re a student here. Chicago is the greatest place in the world! :)
Going away for college is one of the bravest things an 18-year-old can do. I was fortunate enough to only be 90 miles away from home, but even then, there are a handful of things I didn’t know that could have been extremely useful my first few months in Wisconsin. The awesome thing about choosing a university or college in Chicago is the overall benefit of not residing in a “college town”.
How to navigate the CTA - It’s really not that complicated. Depending on your location, the main lines you need to familiarize yourself with are Red, Blue & Green; there are quite a lot of bus routes, but download apps like Embark CTA or Transit Stop to help plan your trip. Parking is getting ridiculous citywide so take the train or bus when you can and while the weather is nice.If you plan on being a frequent rider, I highly recommend saving a few bucks every month to finance a 30-day pass. It’s a steep fee so make sure you don’t lose your card.
Where to purchase groceries (and get your money’s worth) - It really comes down to personal diet choices, but I don’t ever suggest buying groceries at any vendors downtown. Although it can be difficult to make store trips without a vehicle, many college students in the area are shopping at Mariano’s and Jewel-Osco.
Lots of places are worth walking to - Pretty much once you are in the South Loop, everything is in walking distance if you’re up for a challenge and enjoy walking. For years, my friends and I made an adventure out of walking from my old house (State & Roosevelt) all the way to Water Tower. In the warmer months, this is easier to achieve because there is always some form of entertainment on Michigan Avenue and State Street. Oh, and Navy Pier and Millennium Park trips are never boring.
Green & Orange Line train cars above Wabash Avenue.
Necessary attire for all seasons - This is Chicago. Don’t be fooled by what the weatherman says or how nice it was for the first three weeks of September. Layers will become your best friend. Always have a pair of boots, hoodies/sweaters, a hat, and long johns ready to pull out at any given time.
LEARN YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS - I was born and raised here and there are areas in the city that I wouldn’t dare go. There is certainly a thin line between “good” and “bad”, however crime happens anywhere and what is important is simply being aware of your surroundings. Also, the “east” side simply refers to any area EAST of State Street, past 47th Street. It’s all the Southside.
Highways & Tollroads… - If you have a vehicle, learn ‘em: 55 (Stevenson), 83 (Kingery Highway), 88 (Tri-State), 90/290 (Eisenhower), 94/294 (Kennedy)
The city offers much more than nightlife - Take it from me. Chicago is a “big” city, but the history behind it holds so much more value than the current nightlife and “scene” seems to represent. Maybe it’s just me, but I wonder how successful Jay-Z’s 40/40 club would have been had Chicago been chosen as a location. The Museum of Science and Industry still fascinates me to this day. The Drake Hotel hosts a fabulous Christmas Tea each year, there is delicious food on every corner, and a cruise along Lake Shore Drive every once in a while is always therapeutic.
some dude who tried to take down the rape culture protest signs was babbling about forgiveness and how we were just spreading hate and i went up to him and asked him if he’d forgive me if i punched him in the face
…when I began at the Theater School, I was coming from a traditional academic background. I finished what essentially amounted to […] pre-law studies with a focus on international economics and affairs, so…it was a life trajectory aimed at foreign service, or aimed into some international consumeristic monster corporation, not that I don’t work for one…right now…
ESPN reported Thursday evening that seven Catholic schools in the Big East have agreed to leave the conference and are debating the process of departing the league, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
The schools are Marquette, DePaul, St. John’s, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall and Villanova.
ESPN reports that the presidents of the seven schools had a meeting with Big East commissioner Mike Aresco on Thursday morning. The presidents are expected to issue a statement on their schools’ future in the next 24 to 48 hours. More on the story from ESPN here.
You people put up old pictures of students protesting racism because it’ll make you look cool and progressive, and then you give the go-ahead for infamously racist and misogynistic speakers to make appearances.
No doubt you’ll defend granting the use of your facilities to this loathsome cunt and his bigoted hosts as “allowing the expression of the full range of political viewpoints,” as if constitutional free speech means you’re obligated to grant people a platform to actively antagonize, belittle and promote hatred towards a huge segment of the students you claim to care about on the basis of race or gender.
You people claim to stand for something. You claim to have a mission. You claim to believe in service and advocacy for the vulnerable in society. Yet you welcome speakers who tell friends of mine, “You’re a feminist because you have literally nothing left.” You apologize to the organization that invited him, whose members shared pictures of Feminist Front members at DePaul on Twitter to mock publicly, after your students had to take matters into their own hands and shut this shit down themselves. You send all the student center staff home early after the event without compensating them for the time they were scheduled to work. You quietly move rapists around campus into other people’s living spaces with no warning.
For a while, I saw the pictures you put up, and the LGBTQ+ programs and resources, and you had me thinking maybe a Catholic institution could be something other than hideous and regressive. But Catholicism, including DePaul, is about service, advocacy and progress in the same way pyramid schemes are about selling cosmetics or fancy silverware: It’s a front and a sales pitch for a massive scam. As usual, you only serve and advocate for sexual predators, bigots and hatemongers. Vincentian values my ass.
Fuck you, DePaul University. You’re a complete joke.
I never thought this would happen to me, but I was just the victim of a random simple sexual assault. I was about to get on the escalator at Fullerton and a man was watching me the whole time. As I got on the escalator, he got on behind me and blatantly grabbed my ass. I turned around and i said “what the fuck?” And the look he gave me obviously said “What are you gonna do about it?” and continued to stare at my ass. I called Public Safety and 911 once upstairs and they said they couldn’t do anything because we were on the platform. Meanwhile, the man was flipping me off and calling me a bitch. I ran downstairs to the CTA attendant and by a huge streak of luck, there was a K-9 unit police officer there. The train was pulling up and we ran up the escalator and he caught the man as the train was about to pull away. Now he’s going to jail and I have to appear in court. Things like this make me sad that men will always assume that women won’t react and fight back. I hope this man gets what he deserves, which is to never be allowed outside again.
I’m angry, I’m ashamed, I’m disappointed. I know DePaul is stronger than this. Milo came to speak and spread hate on our campus and we had an opportunity to show him that we’re better than the angry irrational people he expects us to be. And most of us took that opportunity. A peaceful protest was planned, one that wouldn’t intrude the actual event. But a select number of people took it too far, and now Milo has made his point. He’s used us to victimize himself and publicize his mission of hatred. Protest without purpose beyond disruption is useless. It quickly dissolves into anger and irrational acts of violence. And that’s what happened today.
But it wasn’t all that happened. I saw something else. At the beginning of the protest, people gathered to speak about love and acceptance and the equality we all struggle for. Different minority communities of DePaul I rarely see together stood side by side in solidarity to fight for equality. Once the protests dissipated, I watched as small groups of people stood together and discussed the days events. Rationally. Respectfully. We questioned what was right and what was wrong, and what we can do to better ourselves in the future. There’s possibility there. There’s potential there.
The events of today turned into little more than mindless aggression between two political poles that have refused to budge or listen for years. But I saw moments of hope when thoughtful discussion broke through. That’s how we make change. We listen. We discuss. We educate and we allow ourselves to be educated. And I truly believe my peers are capable of doing this, because amongst all the madness, I saw the potential for some real change.
It weighs heavy on my heart when people switch their major from the Arts to something like Business Management or Advertising due to the fact that such degrees are “more realistic,” or “more reliable.” I just think if someone is passionate about their interest in any field of the Arts (be it the performing arts, the visual arts, etc.), the chase will be exciting. The struggle, the journey to getting your name out there as the next up-and-coming actor, writer, painter, illustrator will be exhilarating. They know business will be boring and classes will be difficult, but they follow through anyway, whilst still daydreaming about their previous goal to be an artist. It seems a bleak existence to do something you do not like to do for your entire life. I cannot possibly imagine it. So, I welcome poverty, I welcome failure, because I know I will ultimately be successful in what I want to do.
So yesterday I was at dinner at my Uni’s cafeteria and I was just getting out of a club upstairs and I still had my nametag on and my nametag said “God” (which I really shouldn’t have worn in public because Catholic University but whatever) and I was worried somebody would make a big deal about it
BUT THEN THE GUY WHO HANDS YOU FOOD COMES OUT FROM BEHIND THE COUNTER AND BOWS BEFORE ME AND HOLDS UP MY CHICKEN TENDERS AND I SAID “RISE, MY SON, FOR THOU ART WORTHY” AND HE STOOD UP AND HANDED ME THE FOOD AND THEN FIST BUMPED ME AND IT WAS JUST REALLY COOL OKAY
Got into DePaul University with $53,000 in scholarships. I am so honored and thankful, but I am not sure it’s where I wanna go yet. I am still waiting to hear back from UT and see what scholarships they offer me. DePaul is more about the city than the school; UT is more about the school than the city.
I didn’t get accepted to U Chicago which really sucks ass, but I am coming to terms with it. I realized that I confused the means with the end. College isn’t my life goal; being an educator and activist it. So that brought me comfort in spite of my disappointment.
Work is tiring me so much. I need the money for college, and the extra money is really nice, but I might have to quit soon. I am just tired and I need time to myself.
Got a speeding ticket today which SUCKS. It’s the last thing I need.
Had a nice, quiet Christmas. It was calm and it was what I needed. Christmas Mass was beautiful and extremely refreshing.
My last semester of high school is going to be so annoying, but hopefully I am able to use it to my advantage or at least enjoy it. For the past 2 years, the second semester fucks me up and for some reason I get the worst depression during it. We will see.
people are normally like “oh yeah i made my REAL friends in college,” but i’m like “i lost most of my friends back home and then i did not make any new friends and i turned into these weird troll who lives off of netflix and cheetos”