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Title: Sweet Home, Chicago

Sweet Home, Chicago
2015 Young Alumni Chicago Orientation Guide
Table of Contents
Notre Dame Club of Chicago Club Membership Get
Involved! Young Alumni How to find an Apartment
Chicago Neighborhood Guide Rent Guide Moving
Checklist Chicago Transportation Chicago
Airports Health Services Catholic
Churches Shopping Guide Working Out Exploring the
City Chicago Events Chicago Sports Restaurants Bar
s Clubs Miscellaneous Disclaimers
  • Overview
  • The Notre Dame Club of Chicago is the largest
    Alumni Club, serving over 18,000 alumni in the
    Chicagoland area. The Club aims to increase
    camaraderie amongst alumni of all ages through
    annual events like the Rockne Athletic Banquet,
    Hesburgh Forums, and a Golf Outing, provide
    continuing education through lecture series and
    seminars and facilitate opportunities to serve
    the local Chicago community, as well as support
    current ND students.
  • Mission
  • The Notre Dame Club of Chicago is a non-profit
    organization that aims to raise funds for the ND
    Club of Chicago Scholarship Foundation and for
    the sponsorship of Summer Service Learning
    Projects in Chicago for current students. The
    Foundation currently supports over 80 local
  • Important Club Information
  • Club Manager Lauren McCallick, 11
  • Club email director_at_ndchicago.org
  • Club website www.ndchicago.org
  • Club Social Media LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter,
  • Club Address 224 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 380,
    Chicago, IL 60604
  • Club Phone (312) 922-4663

  • Membership Levels
  • The Club's fiscal year AND MEMBERSHIP DRIVE runs
    from July 1st to June 30th.
  • If you are a member of the most recent graduating
    undergrad class then you receive free membership
    to the Club for your first year.
  • Member Benefits
  • A chance in the Clubs Football Ticket Lottery
  • Discounts on club events
  • Access to the MEMBERS ONLY pages on the website
    including the
  • Ticket Exchange Page
  • Job Postings Board
  • Internship Postings Board
  • Roommate Listing Board

Price Membership Type Chances in Ticket Lottery
250 Emerald 4
125 Gold 2
75 Blue 1
35 Undergrad Young Alumni 1
25 Religious Member 1
FREE Current Graduating Undergraduate Class -
FREE Current Undergrad Students -
Get Involved!
  • The Notre Dame Club of Chicago has many
    committees that you can join.
  • Young Alumni (More details on the next slide)
  • Alumni Schools
  • Freshmen Send-Off
  • Diversity
  • Golf Outing
  • Rockne Athletic Banquet
  • Hesburgh Forum Lecture Series
  • Networking
  • Core
  • Construction Real Estate (CREATE)
  • Attorney
  • Irish Entrepreneurs
  • Non-Profit
  • Service
  • ND Women Connect
  • For additional details on the committees, visit
    our website at www.ndchicago.org

Young Alumni
  • Any Young Alumni who are members of the ND Club
    of Chicago are encouraged to attend events and
    participate in the planning committee.
  • If you would like to get involved with the Young
    Alumni Committee or if you have ANY questions
    about moving to Chicago, contact Lauren
    McCallick, 11 or Molly Cronin, 11 or Joe
    Shannon 14
  • Events
  • Monthly events Book Club
  • Periodic events Pub Crawls, Mass, Brewery Tours,
    Happy Hours
  • Yearly events Bookstore Basketball, Football and
    Basketball Game Watches
  • All events are published in the weekly ND Club of
    Chicago E-newsletter under the Young Alumni
    heading. We usually give 2 weeks notice on all
    events. Events are also updated on Facebook and

How to Find an Apartment
  • There are various free apartment finding services
    located throughout Chicago.
  • They get paid with a percentage of your final
    rent price by the people who list the available
    apartments. (They will try to push you towards
    higher rent so they get a higher fee at the end.)
  • Be very specific of your absolute highest price
    which should include rent car, or just rent
    based on your situation.
  • Be very specific about distance away from
    work/school. Try your commute during the same
    hours you will be commuting each day before you
    agree to an apartment.
  • Pay attention to available public transportation
    near all of the buildings you view. If a train
    runs near the building, wait in the unit until a
    train passes to determine how loud it might be.
  • With all services, you can search on their site
    based on neighborhoods, rent requirements,
    amenities, lease start dates, etc.
  • It is recommended that you start looking 6-8
    weeks before your expected move-in date.
    Landlords are notified 2 months before the end of
    a lease whether the current tenant will be moving
    out. Apartments go very fast in Chicago!
  • Be sure to bring a camera and notebook with you
    take pictures of all rooms, and the common areas
    so you remember what each looked like when you
    are later comparing things. Be sure to take
    notes on Pros / Cons / Rent / Parking / What is
    included in rent price / Extra amenities.

How to Find an Apartment, Cont.
  • Chicago Apartment Finders
  • Phone 1-888-Finders
  • Website www.chicagoapartmentfinders.com
  • Apartment People
  • Phone 1-800-44-RENT-4
  • Website www.apartmentpeople.com
  • Apartment Savvy
  • Phone 773-348-8921
  • Website www.apartmentsavvy.com
  • The Apartment Guys
  • Phone 773-549-3474/312-440-8530
  • Website www.apartmentguysofchicago.com
  • Domu.com
  • Phone 312.642.domu
  • Website www.domu.com
  • Other Websites
  • www.craigslist.com
  • www.rent.com

Chicago Neighborhoods
  • South Loop
  • Slightly south of Downtown.
  • 3 main neighborhoods Dearborn Park, Printers
    Row and Central Station.
  • Home to Soldier Field, Field Museum, Shedd
    Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Buckingham
  • L Green Line, Red Line, Orange Line Roosevelt
  • West Loop
  • Experiencing a lot of growth and development
  • Home to the United Center Bulls and Blackhawks.
  • Home to a thriving restaurant district on
    Randolph Street, Greektown, Fulton Market, and
    Little Italy
  • Mix of lofts, galleries, photographers and
    graphic design firms.
  • L Blue Line Racine, UIC-Halsted, Clinton
  • Downtown/Loop
  • Close to work
  • Mostly high rise apartments
  • Live among the landmarks of Chicago, from Grant
    Park, Millennium Park and Navy Pier to the
    theatre district and Art Institute.
  • Not a very lively nightlife after post-work happy
  • Near many Chicago museums and attractions
  • Easy access to all L lines and the Metra
  • River North/River West
  • Located on the west bank of the Chicago River
  • Up and coming neighborhood
  • Many renovated two- and three-flats, and
    brand-new loft communities rising from old
    warehouses and factories.
  • Home to many of Chicagos premier restaurants.
  • Packed with shopping, entertainment, and night
  • L Blue Line Chicago, Grand Green Line
    Ashland, Clinton
  • Hyde Park
  • South of Downtown.
  • Home to the University of Chicago, the Museum of
    Science and Industry, DuSable Museum of African
    American History and the Oriental Institute.
  • Historic homes and landmarks mixed with two-and
    three-flats and affordable student-friendly
  • Famous 53rd street strip offers plenty of
    shopping and restaurants.
  • No L buses provide connections to the L and
    there is a Metra station available for a quick
    commute into the downtown.

Chicago Neighborhoods, Cont.
Most Popular for Young Alumni
  • Lincoln Park
  • Named for the park the neighborhood borders,
    Lincoln Park encompasses over 1000 acres of
    public park including a free world-class zoo,
    golf driving range, baseball fields and paths for
  • Housing types townhouses, condos, Victorian
    3-flats, and high-rises that border the lake.
  • Has a lot of trendy boutiques, coffee shops,
    restaurants, theaters and cinemas including the
    world-famous Steppenwolf Theatre and Chicagos
    off-Loop theater district.
  • L Brown, Purple and Red Lines many stops
  • Lakeview/Wrigleyville
  • Many buildings in this area are Graystones or
    brick two-and three-flats, also many high-rises
    bordering the lake.
  • Vibrant neighborhood infused with nightclubs and
    restaurants. One of the most active areas of
    Chicago with the highest concentration of 2434
    year olds in the country.
  • Sub neighborhoods Wrigleyville, Boys Town
  • Home of Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs
  • L Brown, Purple and Red Lines - many stops
  • Gold Coast
  • Wealthiest neighborhood in Chicago
  • Consists of high-rise apartment/condo buildings
    on Lake Shore Drive facing Lake Michigan and
    low-rise residential blocks further inland.
  • Offers lively beaches, boutiques, incredible
    cuisine and vibrant night life
  • Popular Bars on Division between State and
  • Restaurants Many along Rush
  • L Red Line Clark Division, Chicago State
  • Old Town
  • Affluent and historic neighborhood, home to many
    of Chicagos older, Victorian-era buildings.
  • Home to Zanies and the Second City
    improvisational comedy troupe.
  • Home to the annual Old Town Art-Fair in early
  • L Brown Line, Purple Line - Sedgwick

Chicago Neighborhoods, Cont.
Most Popular for Young Alumni
  • Buck Town/Wicker Park
  • Made up of many new condo buildings,
    single-family homes, and two-and-three flats
  • Gallery Point is the areas central art colony.
  • Mix of chic boutiques, galleries and trendy
    restaurants which results in a vibrant, dynamic
  • Home to the annual Bucktown Arts Fest held every
    August which attracts 30,000 people.
  • Small neighborhood bars and restaurants are found
    on every corner
  • L Blue Line California, Western, Damen,
  • Streeterville
  • Has some of Chicagos tallest skyscrapers,
    Northwesterns School of Medicine and School of
  • Home to Navy Pier, the Museum of Contemporary
    Art, the Mag Mile, Water Tower Place, and the
    Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Lots of Pocket Parks and close to the Lakefront
  • No L only buses for public transportation
  • Roscoe Village
  • Has a small-town feel.
  • Restaurant and shopping district on Roscoe St
    stretching from Damen to Western Ave.
  • Antique Row largest concentration of antique
    stores in the Midwest.
  • Home to the annual Retro on Roscoe in late
    August features a vintage car show, bands and
    art, jewelry and craft booths. Also home to
    Burger Fest a street fest dedicated to burgers
  • L Brown Line Addison, Paulina
  • Ravenswood
  • Housing ranges from large Victorian homes,
    spacious vintage apartments in courtyard
  • Area is known for its many parks and Lincoln
  • Shopping is a mixture of independent, unique
    businesses with diverse selection of European and
    American merchandise.
  • L Brown Line Rockwell, Western, Damen,
    Montrose, Irving Park

Unofficial Rent Range
Neighborhood Studio 1 BR 2 BR 3 BR
Bucktown N/A 750 - 1600 1000 - 2100 1200 - 3000
River West 1000 - 1500 1200 - 1600 1400 - 2000 1800 - 3000
Gold Coast 700 - 1500 1000 - 2200 1600 - 4000 2100 - 6000
Lakeview 625 - 1200 800 - 1600 1200 - 2600 1500 - 5000
Lincoln Park 675 - 1400 850 - 2000 1200 - 3000 1700 - 5000
Old Town 675 - 1500 1000 - 2400 1300 - 3000 1800 - 5000
River North 800 - 1400 950 - 2400 1400 - 3000 2000 - 5000
Roscoe Village N/A 850 - 1100 1200 - 2000 1500 - 2100
South/West Loop 900 - 1300 1300 - 2000 1800 - 4000 2700 - 4000
Streeterville 700 - 1500 1000 - 2100 1600 - 4000 2100 - 6000
Wicker Park N/A 700 - 1200 900 - 2200 1200 - 2600
Rent Guide
  • Possible Extras
  • Water (many buildings include this in rent)
  • Electric (ranges based on time of year)
  • Cable (some buildings include or get a discount)
  • Phone/Internet (some buildings will include or
    get a discount)
  • Gas (depends on if your unit has it)
  • Parking (depends on covered v. non-covered,
    attached v. not)
  • Security deposit usually equal to one month of

Moving Checklist
  • Change of Address
  • Credit cards, student loans, cell-phone, ND
    Alumni Association
  • https//moversguide.usps.com
  • Setting up internet, cable and phone
  • After signing on your apartment, get started on
    setting these up so they will be ready the day
    you move in (can take up to a month!!)
  • Setting up electric, gas, water, heat
  • Electric ComEd http//www.comed.com/sites/custom
  • Gas Peoples Energy www.peoplesenergy.com
  • New Bank in Chicago
  • Renters Insurance

Chicago Transportation
  • Chicago Transit Authority CTA
  • www.transitchicago.com
  • The L (Because it's largely Elevated and goes
    around the Loop) - 8 Lines
  • Buses
  • For fare information click here.
  • Metra Suburban Rail
  • www.metrarail.com
  • Provides transportation from the suburbs into the
    city. There are some Metra stations that are in
    the city limits.
  • Pace Suburban buses
  • www.pacebus.com
  • Provides bus transportation in the suburbs.
  • Walking

Chicago Transportation, Cont.
  • If you bring a car to Chicago
  • http//www.cyberdriveillinois.com/
  • Change Drivers License
  • Also changes your voter registration at the same
  • Change License Plates
  • Change Title of your Car
  • Update/Change Insurance to Chicago
  • Vehicle Stickers (updated yearly)?
  • http//www.chicityclerk.com/licenses/citystickers.
  • Illinois State Inspection
  • Other
  • Speed-limit on Lake Shore Drive changes
  • Dont test the parking authorities they always
  • Dont talk on your cell phone they will ticket

Chicago Airports
  • OHare
  • Major Hub for
  • United
  • Accessible via CTA - Blue Line
  • Midway
  • Major Hub for
  • Southwest
  • Accessible via CTA - Orange Line
  • Additional Airport Transportation Options
  • Taxi - From the loop about 50
  • Airport Shuttles

Health Services
  • Care depends on health coverage.
  • Check with your insurance provider for a complete
    list of treatment facilities
  • Local Hospitals (This is not an exhaustive list)
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • John H. Stroger Junior Hospital Cook County
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospitals
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • St. Joseph Hospital
  • University of Chicago Hospitals
  • University of Illinois Medical Center

Catholic Churches
Catholic Churches, Cont.
Also visit www.archchicago.org for additional
information on Catholic Churches and communities
in Chicago.
Young Adult Communities
  • St. Clement Church In recognition of the Saint
    Clement church mission and vision, the Young
    Adult Community (YAC) is an inclusive community
    of parishioners in our 20's and 30's on a journey
    of faith in Jesus Christ. We grow in faith
    through engaging in the liturgy, deepening
    relationships, serving one another and the
    greater community, and gratefully sharing with
    others the gifts we have each been given.
  • Holy Name Cathedral Holy Name Cathedral Young
    Adults welcomes everyone in their 20s and 30s
    to share companionship in Christ. All young
    adults are invited to share this joy and love
    through events designed to deepen faith, to serve
    those in need, and to bring together friends, old
    and new.
  • St. John Cantius Quo Vadis is a group of
    Catholics young adults, ages 18-35, who seek to
    'restore the Sacred' through spiritual service
    and social events. We strive to build a strong
    Catholic family and become closer to Christ. We
    ask the question "Where are you going?" and
    propose the answer that the beginning of the Mass
    suggests "I will go unto the altar of God, who
    giveth joy to my youth.
  • Old St. Patricks OSP Next is the community for
    Young Adults at Old St. Pats! Meet your fellow
    OSP young adults as we foster the next generation
    living the Old St. Pats Mission to Encounter,
    Engage Serve.
  • St. Vincent DePaul Theology on Tap is a speaker
    series that takes place in the fun, relaxed
    setting of your favorite local pubSaint Vincent
    de Paul to be exact!. ToT focuses on topics of
    faith and contemporary issues that directly
    affect the lives of young adults (ages 21-39).
    The goal is to provide a forum for young adults
    to learn about and discuss their faith in a
    relaxing social setting. TnT Short for Twenties
    n Thirties, TnT offers young adults a space to
    meet fellow Catholics and deepen their faith
    through spiritual, social, and service events.

Shopping Guide
  • North Ave/Clybourn Corridor
  • Clothing Accessories
  • - Gap - Banana Republic
  • - Express - Old Navy
  • - And More!
  • Grocery Specialty Foods
  • - Whole Foods - Trader Joes
  • - Sams Wines Spirits
  • Home Furnishings
  • - Bed, Bath Beyond - Cost Plus
  • - Container Store - Pottery Barn
  • - Home Depot
  • - Crate Barrel, Crate Barrel Outlet, CB2
  • Specialty Stores Best Buy, Borders, Petco
  • Downtown
  • Michigan Avenue Magnificent Mile
  • - Water Tower - 900 North
  • State Street
  • - Macys - Block 37
  • - Nordstrom Rack - Urban Outfitters
  • Fullerton/Elston/Clybourn
  • Clothing Accessories
  • - Kohls - Old Navy
  • Discount Dept. Stores
  • - Costco - Target
  • - Marshalls - TJ Maxx
  • Specialty Stores
  • - Office Max - Party City
  • - PetSmart - Sports Authority
  • Suburbs Schaumburg
  • Clothing Accessories
  • - Woodfield Mall
  • - Kohls
  • Discount Dept. Stores
  • - Costco - Target
  • - Meijer
  • Home Furnishings
  • - IKEA
  • Halsted/Armitage/Webster
  • Accessories
  • Clothing Boutiques (MANY)
  • Health Beauty
  • Gift Stores
  • Home Furnishings
  • Specialty Stores

Working Out
  • Lakefront biking/running path
  • 18 miles.
  • Each half mile is marked.
  • Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA)
  • Sponsors training and social events for runners
  • Accenture Triathlon in August
  • Gyms
  • XSport
  • Lakeshore Athletic Club
  • Lifetime Fitness
  • Fitness Formula Club (FFC)
  • East Bank Club
  • Crunch Fitness
  • Bally's
  • LA Fitness
  • World Gym
  • David Barton Gym

Exploring the City
  • Magnificent Mile the stretch of North Michigan
    Avenue between the Chicago River and Oak Street
  • Water Tower serves as the Chicago Convention
    and Tourism Bureau Visitors Welcome Center
  • Gained notoriety after the Great Chicago Fire in
    1871 one of the few buildings to survive
  • Water Tower Place
  • Contains an 8-floor Mall with over 100 shops and
    department stores
  • John Hancock Tower
  • Contains the highest residences in the world with
    over 700 condos
  • The building also houses offices and restaurants
  • Restaurants The Signature Room on the 95th
    Floor, Cheesecake Factory, Jamba Juice
  • Hosts an annual stair climb race Hustle up the
  • Drake Hotel

Exploring the City, Cont.
  • Parks/Outdoor Attractions
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Navy Pier
  • Lincoln Park
  • Grant Park
  • Millennium Park
  • Lollapalooza music festival hosted annually in
    the summer
  • Ice skating rink in the winter
  • Outdoor music pavilions including free symphonic
  • Arlington Park
  • Museums
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Chicago Historical Society
  • The Field Museum
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Theatre and Music
  • Lyric Opera
  • Second City
  • Chicago Symphony
  • Broadway in Chicago
  • Goodman Theater
  • House of Blues

Chicago Events
  • Winter
  • Christkindlmarket (Daley Plaza) December
  • Ice Skating in Millennium Park
  • Chicago Auto Show
  • Spring
  • St. Patricks Day Parade downtown and annual
    dyeing of the river
  • National Restaurant Association Show May
  • Summer
  • Taste of Chicago July
  • Venetian Night July
  • Lollapalooza August
  • Air Water Show August
  • Chicago Triathlon August
  • Fall
  • Celtic Fest September
  • Lincoln Park Oktoberfest September
  • Chicago Marathon October
  • Other
  • Local street festivals April through October

Chicago Sports
  • Cubs http//cubs.mlb.com
  • White Sox http//whitesox.mlb.com
  • Bears www.chicagobears.com
  • Bulls www.nba.com/bulls
  • Chicago Fire http//chicago.fire.mlsnet.com
  • Blackhawks http//blackhawks.nhl.com
  • Chicago Sky (WNBA) http//www.wnba.com/sky/

From OpenTable Best of Chicago
Italian Pelago (Gold Coast) Piccolo Sogno (River
West) Viaggio Ristorante (West Loop) Rosebud
(Loop/Gold Coast) RoSals (Little Italy) Sapori
Trattoria (Lincoln Park) Spiaggia (Gold
Coast) Tarantinos (Lincoln Park) Anteprima
(Andersonville) Pizza Giordanos Lou
Malnatis Original Ginos East Pizzeria Due
Osteria Via Stato The Art of Pizza Piece Homemade
Pizza Co.
  • American
  • MK (River North)
  • North Pond (Lincoln Park)
  • Kinzie Chop House (River North)
  • Mike Ditkas (Gold Coast)
  • Sepia (River West)
  • Wildfire (River North)
  • Crofton on Wells (River North)
  • Table Fifty-Two (Gold Coast)
  • The Publican (West Loop)
  • RL Restaurant (Gold Coast)
  • Steak Houses
  • Gibsons (Gold Coast)
  • Ruths Chris (River North)
  • Harry Carays (River North)
  • Mortons (Loop/Gold Coast)
  • Shulas (Gold Coast)
  • Chicago Cut (River North)

Mexican Lalos Uncle Julios Frontera Grill
(River North) Topolobampo (River North) Mexique
(West Town) Las Palmas (Bucktown/Wicker
Park) Moes Cantina (River North/Wrigleyville) Gre
at for Brunch Broadway Cellars (Edgewater) South
Water Kitchen (Loop) Eatt (River North) Hearty
(Lakeview) Nightwood (Pilsen) Zed 451 (River
North) Rockit Bar Grill (River
North) Other Girl the Goat (West Loop) Sprout
(Lincoln Park) Sunda (River North) Café
Ba-Ba-Reeba (Lincoln Park) RJ Grunts (Lincoln
Bars Clubs
Lakeview/Wrigleyville Berlin Big City Tap The
Copa Cubby Bear Duffys Durkins Duke of
Perth Guthrie's Tavern Houndstooth Hydrate Justin
s Moes Cantina Mullens Murphys
Bleachers Mystic Celt Nicks Uptown Red
Ivy Redmonds Schoolyard Sheffields Sluggers SoPo
Toons Waterhouse Wellingtons
Radio Stations
Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times Chicago
Tribune Chicago Reader Crains Chicago
Business Tabloids Red Eye Red Streak The
Onion Magazines Chicago Magazine Windy City
Times Time Out Chicago
Frequency Letters Description
87.7 WKQX Alternative
93.1 WXRT Rock
94.7 WZZN Alternative
95.5 WNUA Smooth Jazz
96.3 WBBM Top 40
97.1 WDRV Classic Rock
97.9 WLUP Rock
99.5 WUSN Country
100.3 WNND Contemporary
101.1 WKQX Alternative
101.9 WTMX Contemporary
104.3 WJMK Contemporary
105.9 WCFS Mix
107.5 WGCI Hip Hop
  • Most information taken from the following sites
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Chicago Apartment Finders
  • Apartment People
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Metromix.com
  • ND Club of Chicago Website
  • Picking the brains of those who have lived in
  • If you have any questions at all, contact
  • Lauren McCallick director_at_ndchicago.org
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