Living in Chicago
Although Chicago has more than 200 distinct neighborhoods, most DePaul law students live in communities near DePaul's main campuses and the city's cultural hub. Popular choices include some of Chicago's most interesting and vibrant areas.
Just north of the Loop business district, Streeterville is home to such Chicago landmarks as the John Hancock Center, the famous Water Tower (the only building to survive the Great Chicago Fire) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, to name a few. It's also home to one of the world's greatest shopping districts, a stretch of Michigan Avenue dubbed the "Magnificent Mile." The Gold Coast, just north of Streeterville and west of Lake Michigan, boasts beaches, lakefront biking and jogging, shopping, restaurants and coffee houses. It's also a thriving night spot with many of the city's most popular bars and clubs located near Rush and Division.
The name says it all. Home to Wrigley Field and the world-famous Chicago Cubs, this tree-lined neighborhood sports classic brownstones, courtyard apartments, and, yes, the occasional baseball fan. With a population of students, young professionals and families, both Wrigleyville and its neighbor-to-the-south, Lakeview, offer much in the way of restaurants, bars and parks. Public transportation easily connects both neighborhoods to downtown Chicago and DePaul's Loop campus.
Printer's Row/South Loop/West Loop
These revitalized areas rank among the hottest neighborhoods for young professionals. Just minutes away from the city's business and financial districts, they offer much in the way of trendy loft-style living. Both the South and West Loop contain some of the city's newest restaurants, bars and clubs. They're also close to several of the city's great cultural attractions, including the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Soldier Field.
Most DePaul students live in this north side enclave, which surrounds DePaul's main campus and includes its library, computer labs, sports facilities, and the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center (one of the city's finest gyms, named for DePaul's famed basketball coach). One of Chicago's most popular neighborhoods, Lincoln Park features some of the Second City's best restaurants and entertainment. It's home to the Steppenwolf Theater Company, Charlie Trotter's world-class restaurant and the clubs of Weed Street. There are also numerous parks, lakefront bike and jogging paths, and the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Located in the Loop just south of the College of Law, University Center (UC) offers furnished apartments and suites. Created in conjunction with neighboring Columbia College and Roosevelt University, UCC provides an excellent living experience in the heart of Chicago. Amenities include a rooftop garden, multimedia rooms, an exercise center, food court, laundry facilities, shops on the lower level, 24-hour security, and keycard access to the building and elevators. For more information, visit http://offices.depaul.edu/housing/housing-options/loop/university-center/Pages/default.aspx.
For students looking for other living options in Lincoln Park, 1237 West is a DePaul-affiliated residence complex that houses nearly 600 students. The state-of-the-art building is only steps away from the Lincoln Park campus and public transportation and sports loft-style living, private bedrooms, two study rooms per floor, wireless Internet access, laundry facilities, keycard access, 24-hour security, 24/7 fitness center and indoor parking. For more details, visit www.1237west.com.