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Why Study in Chicago?

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:49

Illinois is home to the so called ‘Windy City’ but do not defer the prospect of studying in Chicago, it could be the best decision you have made, and has more to it than incredible deep pan pizza.

Chicago is the third most populous city in the USA, with over 2.7 million residents, and the metropolitan area known as Chicagoland has almost 10 million residents. As such Chicago is continuously bustling, it would be impossible for anybody to be disenchanted by Chicago’s cultural charm and atmosphere. Undeniably Chicago is an impressive city, and as such would look hugely impressive on one of those impending job applications. Subsequently due to Chicago’s impact and influence as one of the most important cities in the USA, it home to many key universities such as the prestigious University of Chicago or the historic Loyola University Chicago.  Chicago and Illinois has cemented itself as a leading city and state mutually, so here are 5 Universities you should consider attending within Chicago and Illinois.

The prestigous University of Chicago is ranked at 10th by Times Higher Education (THE). It is so highly regarded that numerous people simply refer to the school as ‘Chicago’. Its also has gorgeous architecture to match. 

All great universities also need a rival, and Northwestern University is a resilient counterpart due to its robust interdisciplinary teaching culture. If you need more reason to deliberate notable alumni include George R. R. Martin, the man who inspired Game of Thrones.

One of the oldest universities in the state is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a strong reputation to accompany its age.  With a library only outclassed in size by Harvard University, the University of Illinois consistently is hailed for its high research activities. 

Loyola University Chicago is one of the leading Catholic institutions in the USA. The prize winning Lake Shore Campus is situated on the stunning shores of Lake Michigan, allowing students and educators to relish breath taking views inbetween lectures. 

The oldest public university within the state is Illinois State University, founded in 1857. According to the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Illinois State University is one of the top ten largest producers of teachers inside the USA. If you are seeking more thrills at your within your university experience, Illinois State University is also purportedly home to a ghost in the form of its first librarian.

Chicago as a city which is unquestionably one for the bucket list, consistently commended for having vivid vibes and enticing eateries. Perhaps the most defining and apparent accomplishment of Chicago its exceptional modern architecture, with Chicago’s skyline being truly awe inspiring. To take this in you can go on a helicopter ride or tranquil boat tour. Not forgetting that you can unwind under the skyscrapers on one of Chicago’s 26 beaches, providing it is the summer. Chicago is also home to ‘The Magnificent Mile’ which has 465 stores in one shopping district. If you are particularly interested in blending shopping and culture, The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival ‘fuses fashion, food and fitness with a non-stop schedule of special events over Labor Day Weekend.’ 

To soothe your beer pallet, Chicago has 40 notable local breweries and has led to Chicago being named as ‘The Greatest Drinking City in America’ by GQ Magazine. In addition to these breweries, packed bars are uncovered on every block, meaning there is anything from a classy wine tasting or an edgy hipster bar. Understandably you would want food to go with your drink, and Chicago is the place with over 4,700 restaurants to select from. From food festivals to street food, it truly is a city of choice. Put simply, Chicago is an increbible study abroad location with endless choices and outstanding universities.