Quick City Guide
Chicago is a vibrant city with countless opportunities to relax, have fun, learn something new, do shopping, or enjoy great food. Take a look at the links below for a quick overview or read more details in our City Guide (PDF).
Nicknamed in the 1940s for its luxury residential and commercial developments, the Magnificent Mile is a portion of Michigan Avenue just steps away from the student residence hall, which serves as the main thoroughfare between the city’s Loop business and Gold Coast residential districts.
Many exciting attractions are located along the Magnificent Mile, including Grant Park, Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the John Hancock Center, to name just a few.
Countless shopping options are just a few steps away, ranging from such world-class stores as Chanel and Saks Fifth Avenue, to budget-friendly options which include H&M and Forever XXI.
The Magnificent Mile and its surroundings are rich in dining and entertainment options. Visit the Chicago Reader’s guide to restaurants, weekly theater performances or music concerts.
Exploring Chicago is a breeze thanks to the city’s street grid, bike lanes and paths, and efficient transit system.
Chicago summers are generally pleasant, but the temperatures can go into the upper 90s in July and August.