Category Archives: Chicago

Checking Out the New Retail in Millennium Park Plaza

Now you really never need to leave Millennium Park Plaza (MPP). That’s the running joke, now that the retail shops along Michigan Avenue are open on the ground level of MPP, a building where a substantial number of Booth students live. You may have had the opportunity to see the building this weekend if you took a housing tour during First Day (I recommend looking at it again some other time — the building management takes pains to make sure MPP looks great for the tours). MPP had been undergoing renovation for over a year that included moving the lobby and inconveniencing residents, so people are eager to finally take advantage of the benefits.

One of the best things about living downtown is that there are a ton of places to eat and shop. There are four new retail establishments in the building: The Protein Bar, Garrett Popcorn, Lids, and David’s Tea. These shops have two big things going for them — they’re new, and you do not actually have to go outside to get to some of them. Let’s review them. Continue reading Checking Out the New Retail in Millennium Park Plaza

Business School – A Family Affair: Hyde Park Living Pt. II

This is the second installment of a multi-part series about living in Hyde Park.

Beyond having a great neighborhood feel and extremely affordable housing, Hyde Park offers a lot in the way of amenities.  While it admittedly doesn’t have an incredible night life—you’ll likely have to take a bus/train/car downtown for that—it does offer a lot of great shopping and restaurants.  A few of the highlights here: Continue reading Business School – A Family Affair: Hyde Park Living Pt. II

Hidden Sides of Booth: Where to Eat/Drink and How to Get Around ChiTown

As a new student at Booth, there’s a lot to figure out. Classes, meeting people, the classroom level in the Harper Center – each of these has a learning curve that takes time and energy away from other important things. Things like figuring out what’s actually available to eat at Gleacher or on campus, where to get a “frosty beverage” after class, and how to get around Chicago. To that end, I’ve created a guide focusing on the things at Booth and in Chicago that any Booth student, or person considering attending Booth, should know about. Almost exclusively, these are things that I wish I had known about sooner.

Continue reading Hidden Sides of Booth: Where to Eat/Drink and How to Get Around ChiTown

Prospective Student FAQ, Part I: Chicago Living

I’m a seasoned First Day volunteer and I jump at every other opportunity to talk with prospective students about Booth. So, I’m very familiar with the kinds of questions prospective Booth students have. In this post, I have made an attempt to answer the most frequented asked questions with regard to Chicago living. Continue reading Prospective Student FAQ, Part I: Chicago Living