Discover the exhilarating city that creates one of the most recognizable skylines in the world: Chicago! This cosmopolitan city ignites the fiery rhythms of the Midwest. It combines art, cuisine, entertainment, history and sports into a unique culture that can be found only in Chicago. From the glamour and grandeur of Michigan Avenue to the theatrics of Belmont -- Chicago has it all. Delight yourself in the flavors and sights of this world-class city by the lake!
- Museum of Contemporary Art - Enjoy a sculpture garden, expansive galleries, education center and restaurant.
- Water Tower Place Shopping Center
- Michigan Avenue Shopping - Within a short walking distance from DePauls downtown campus are world famous retailers like Bloomingdale's, Marshall Field's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. The Oak Street boutiques feature the best in world class shopping from retailers like Armani, Prada, St. John, and Versace to name a few.
- The Art Institute of Chicago - A vast collection of renowned artwork with extensive painting pieces from the French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist eras.
- Oak Street Beach and Lakefront Bike path Summertime offers a beautiful beach overlooking Lake Michigan and 18 miles of lakefront jogging and bike paths.
- Rush Street - Experience the exciting nightlife along Rush Street which is filled with restaurants, bars and dancing.
- 2400 N. Stockton Dr., is much more than a plastic rainforest. It's a true tropical oasis. Walk into the large palm house and you are surrounded by lush greenery from all over the world. Side rooms include a fernery and a cactus house. The six annual flower shows are dazzlers: azaleas and chamomiles (February); Easter/spring flowers (March or April); Mother's Day flowers (May); summer flowers; chrysanthemums (November); and Christmas displays (December).
- Outside, a Shakespeare Garden of 20,000 flowers and plants mentioned in the Bard's works comes to life every summer.
- John Hancock Building
- Sears Tower - World's tallest building with a tour and view from the Skydeck.
- Chicago Board of Trade
- Museum of Science and Industry
- Navy Pier - A unique exposition and special events facility offering restaurants, a ferris wheel, Children's Museum, retail shops, outdoor performance pavilion and a two-level Grand Ballroom.
- small waterfalls provide a pleasant environment for the exotic plants such as aroids -- those tropical beauties have a new 4,000-square-foot room all to themselves. Kids will be amazed that some of the cacti, trees and other flora are even older than their parents. Like at Lincoln Park, there are impressive displays and flower shows that change with the seasons.
- Terra Museum of American Art, 664 N. Michigan Ave., is located on the Magnificent Mile, which is known more for commerce than culture. But this vertical showcase across the street from Nike Town is worth a spin. It's based on the collection of the late Daniel Terra, featuring works by Prendergast, Hassam, Whistler, Hopper, Homer, the Wyeths and Church. A full calendar of traveling exhibitions brings nationally important shows of American art, also.
- For Indian food and to buy Indian spices and stuff Devon Avenue is the best (and only) place. Here's how you get there, get to CTA Red line train station, Loyola. Outside the train station at Loyola catch the CTA bus # 155 going towards Devon. For all other types of groceries, Jewel-Osco and Dominicks offer a very economical option. These places usually have sales as often as every weekend so you may want to go there on weekends to see what they have to offer.
Chicago is known for its blistery winters. Occasionally, the city's blizzard-like conditions top news stories across the country. If you're visiting during the winter, expect temperatures to hover in the teens ( 5 to 10 C) and fall WELL below zero ( 15 to -20 C) with the wind chill. It's not always this cold in the winter. There have been a few mild winters when temperatures have clocked in at 30 F (0 C). Winter has its own charm; the city is beautifully decorated for Christmas. However, it can get downright cold during the winter so you may find yourself spending more time indoors
Summers are muggy and hot. The humidity makes it rather uncomfortable during the summer months--when the temperature reaches a high of 90 F (30 C) almost daily. Summer is also a peak tourist season. It is full of outdoor activities and festivals. There's at least one neighborhood celebration or city-wide music festival every weekend from May through September. It gets rather hot during the summer months, but there's plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventure.
You'll find temperatures between 47-70 F (8 20 C) as spring gives way to summer. This is an ideal time to hit the Windy City.
The public transport system in Chicago is one of the best in the USA with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses and trains providing transportation to almost all places required.
The CTA trains system uses Elevated Trains (called the El - Trains), with color-coded routes to get you from one place to another. There is an El Train Station right next to DePaul Center (Loop campus). It is located on the West end of the Campus, right in front of the Walgreens on State Street. This station is the CTA Red line station - Jackson. You can get a free CTA system map by calling toll free at 1-800-9687-282 and requesting for it. For riding either the CTA Trains or Buses you will require a CTA transit card. Traveling costs $ 2.25 the first time you use the card, $ 0.25 if you use it again within the next 2 hours and any subsequent rides are free for the 2 hour period. You can get this transit card from any of the train stations by putting dollar amounts in the card vending machine and getting the card in return. You, however cannot buy the cards in the buses, and, will have to pay exact amounts for bus rides
Once the fall quarter starts, however, DePaul University will issue a CTA U-Passes to all the students, which allows for unlimited free rides as long as the term lasts.