Love and Friendship from the Windy City
Welcome to Chicago, our home where everyone somehow manages to stay lively despite the frigid weather. We are proud to live in such a beautiful and exciting city. There is so much to do here, with everything ranging from touristy attractions like the Bean in Millennium Park and the Ferris Wheel in Navy Pier, to cozy bookstores and hipster cafes in farther neighborhoods, to comforting hole-in-the-wall restaurants scattered throughout the city. With a convenient bus and "L" train system centered in "The Loop" downtown, it is easy to get around and explore the city.
Our home, the University of Chicago, is located about half an hour south of the Loop in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Also known as the home of the Obamas, this is a safe and quiet neighborhood, but there is still lots of fun for those who are looking for it! The campus itself is small but gorgeous and full of tourists come spring, but even in the winter one can admire the Neogothic and modern architecture, the egg-shaped Mansueto Library (featured in the movie Divergent!), and the Hogwarts-esque Harper reading room. There are also many delicious food options in Hyde Park, including breakfast at Valois cafeteria, all-you-can-eat sushi at Shinju, and dinner at the Medici. Adventurous students might even venture out to the lake, which is as beautiful in winter as it is in summer, and make s'mores over a bonfire.
Asian Food Guide
One of the best parts of visiting a city is definitely experiencing the food. Although Chicago's deep-dish pizza is a must try, Chicago also has many options for those of us craving comforting Asian food. We have put together this food guide with our reviews of local Asian fare. Although Asian food is definitely centered around places like Chinatown, there are delicious choices all over the city. Hopefully, whenever you are in Chicago, our guide can help you find a new favorite restaurant near you.