Exploring Chicago

The home of the Italian beef, deep-dish pizza, and the Vienna Beef hot dog (hold the ketchup!) is also the city that gave us the skyscraper, open-heart surgery, and reverse-flowing river technology. There’s no place else like Chicago, and we’re proud to call the Windy City our home. As a student in Chicago, you’ll have access to a thriving metropolis with a rich cultural history. One of the largest cities in the world, Chicago is a fantastic place for entertainment and culture of all kinds, from sporting events to art museums and everything in between.

For those that are new to Chicago, or just haven’t had the time to explore, we complied a short list of resources to help jumpstart your plan to embrace our beautiful city!

Check Out Some Restaurants Below!

NanaWe offer casual brunch in a counter-serve setting with a self seating dining area.

Options for vegans and vegetarians
752 West 33rd Street Bridgeport, Chicago, 60616
KimskiFunky, counter-serve spot featuring Korean-Polish fusion eats954-960 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60608
Eleven City DinerOld school Chicago diner serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.1112 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Seven Treasures No-frills eatery serving a large Cantonese menu including Chinese barbecue & noodle dishes.2312 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Taqueria San JoseVery tasty and affordable Mexican food! It’s about a 20-minute walk from campus. 3253 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608
Sushi + Rotary Sushi BarSushi on a conveyer belt! Very fun atmosphere with fairly priced sushi.2131 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Jackalope Coffee and Tea HouseCasual, colorful spot serving coffee drinks, loose-leaf tea, pastries, wraps & panini. About a mile from campus755 W 32nd St, Chicago, IL 60616
Maxwell Street Depot No-frills, fast-food joint serving Polish sausage, Chicago-style hot dogs & burgers 24 hours a day.411 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60616
La Mexicana TaqueriaDown-to-earth Mexican restaurant serving hearty portions of Tex-Mex classics815 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609
Elitea Looking for bubble tea? Check out this great spot in Chinatown. It’s in the basement foodcourt!2002 S Wentworth Ave b9, Chicago, IL 60616
Strings Ramen A variety of ramen soups plus rice bowls & snacks served in low-key, stylish digs with a patio.2141 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
The Red Line @ Stix n Brix2 for 1! Wood fired pizza restaurant (Stix n Brix) located on the south side of Chicago, serving wood fired pizzas, sandwiches, salads & pasta, along with coffee, smoothies, and more via The Red Line (right next door!)218 W 33rd St, Chicago, IL 60616
Pizza Fried Chicken Ice CreamFeaturing a Chicago Tavern Style made by Eat Free Pizza, Fried Chicken by Kimski, and Ice Cream Pops by Pretty Cool Ice Cream.960 W 31st St, Chicago, Illinois 60608

By Kaelen Evon
Kaelen Evon Manager of Elevate Initiatives