, an international and cosmopolitan city, is located on the
shores of Lake Michigan. Many Chicagoans enjoy the lakefront for
its beaches and parks with miles of trails for biking, jogging,
and walking. The recently opened Millennium
Park houses the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion,
the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate
(known to us as "The Bean"), restaurants, and an ice skating rink.
This park is adjacent to the Art
Institute of Chicago (with arguably the world's best collection
of Impressionist paintings) and Symphony Center (the home of the
internationally renowned Chicago Symphony
Orchestra ). The Museum Campus that comprises the Adler
Planetarium, the John
G. Shedd Aquarium, and the Field
Museum of Natural History is located on the lakefront, just
minutes from downtown. There are dozens of smaller museums and art
galleries throughout Chicago and the surrounding communities. Chicago
is also the world's capital of modern architecture, where "form
follows function" and merits and demerits of buildings are passionately
Chicago is home to some of the best restaurants
in the country, although we don't expect our graduate students or
post-docs to be regular diners (except of course for special occasions!).
Chicago is known for its robust and lively blues and jazz scene-
Buddy Guy etc. From folk, classical and rock, there are many concerts
and live music performances each week. Theater thrives here as well:
Second City, Steppenwolf
Theater, Goodman Theater.
Beautiful old theater buildings abound: Louis Sullivan's Auditorium
Theater, the Oriental
Theater, and the Chicago
Theater. There is also a unique Shakespeare Repertory Company,
devoted to the bard, which is resident in its own theatre resembling
|Photo Courtesy of L. Foote
The city is full of die-hard sports fans who support
their city's teams: the White
Sox (winners of 2005 World Series), Cubs
(lovable losers who keep the expectation of victory alive), Bears
("Da Bears"), Bulls (post-M.
J. but re-inventing itself), and Blackhawks
(one of the six original NHL teams where the ghosts of Bobby Hull
and Stan Esposito still roam).
Getting around Chicago is made easy by Chicago
Transit Authority which offers efficient transportation throughout
the city and nearby suburbs by rapid transit (El), bus, and train.
There is a stop a block from the Medical School.
The University of Illinois College of Medicine
is located in the heart of the Illinois
Medical District, a trendy and highly-gentrified area only minutes
from downtown Chicago. The University Village area has become one
of The Places to Live for students, post-docs, faculty and young