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Running Of The Bulls: Booth vs. Kellogg

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, rooting for the Chicago Bulls was a given. I never thought we’d lose with Michael and Scottie on our side. After the second three-peat, my Bulls fandom subsided during the Tyson Chandler / Eddy Curry and then Ben Gordon / Kirk Heinrich rebuild years, but I re-found my love for basketball when the Bulls took Derrick Rose with the number one pick in 2008. To this day, my favorite games were the 2009 Bulls vs Celtics playoff series. It was after that series that I put my name on the waiting list for season tickets, and I’m still a season ticket holder today.

Throughout all of my Bulls fandom, the thought of playing basketball on the Bulls court in the United Center never occurred to me. But then I joined Booth Basketball club, and learned about Running of the Bulls (or ROTB). ROTB is an annual basketball scrimmage between Chicago Booth and Northwestern Kellogg, played at the United Center before an actual Bulls game. I knew instantly, that this had to be a part of my Booth experience!

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Neighborhood Spotlight Series: Andersonville

One of Chicago’s hallmarks is its 77 amazingly diverse neighborhoods, each with its own cultural history, ambiance, and personality. Chicagoans take pride in their neighborhoods, carefully choosing which to reside in and often considering their ‘hood a reflection of themselves.

Our first Neighborhood Spotlight Series post featured the lower west-side neighborhood of Pilsen. This time, we’re trekking up north to one of the most charming and friendly neighborhoods in Chicago: Andersonville.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Pilsen

One of the hallmarks of Chicago is its 77 amazingly diverse neighborhoods, each with its own cultural history, ambiance, and personality. Chicagoans take pride in their neighborhoods, carefully choosing which to reside in and often thinking of their ‘hood as a reflection of themselves.

While there’s no way to explore every neighborhood during your two years at Chicago Booth, The Booth Experience team is here to help guide you through some of our favorites. First up in our new Neighborhood Spotlight Series: Pilsen.

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Top 10 Wintertime Activities in Chicago

I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Wintertime in Chicago is long, cold, and includes the colorful phrase: “wintry mix.” But we Chicagoans are a hardy bunch and don’t just survive, but thrive in the winter. From holiday festivals to wintertime-only bar and restaurant experiences, winter has become one of the best seasons to be in Chicago! If coming to Booth means you’ll be experiencing Chicago winters for the first time, here’s my list of the top ten activities (in no particular order) to help you thrive during the season.

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Modern Data Science vs Traditional Economics from Steven Levitt of Freakonomics

The University of Chicago is well-known for its rich economics program, producing rigorous academic research and six current Nobel Laureates (#notsohumblebrag). However, it’s not all just academia here. Steven Levitt, of Freakonomics fame, has been a professor at the University of Chicago since 1997. Levitt has arguably been the most publicly influential economist in the last 20 years through his best-selling popular economics literature, blog, and podcast.

A few weeks ago, through the Becker Brown Bag series, Levitt discussed a Booth student’s favorite topic—data—and how modern data science has introduced new approaches to data not traditionally seen in economics. Furthermore, Levitt introduced to the audience his next big project with ambitions to tangibly change the world.

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