Discussion in 'The Fire Hydrant' started by Fran101, Feb 21, 2012.
Depends. Are you offering to host a Chaz meet?
We used to meet up in Chicago for a lot of seminars and we'd always hit Giordano's and gino's east on Fri and sat night. Haven't been to either in a few years now, and i'm getting an intense urge to make a trip and eat Thanks a lot
let's meet for dinner! XD
I know some people land on the Gino's side of the argument but I really think Giordano's is just the best frickin' pizza ever. We have a Rosati's locally which does deep dish pizza, and it's really good, but the crust just doesn't compare. Nothing compares. Mmmmmmmmmm.
I could never choose, left fat and happy from both places
OK, here I am, lol.
Chicago is a GREAT city, Fran. And I really hope New Englanders aren't talking sh!t about our weather, because that would just be ironic. LOL.
So, what's it like in Chicago... hmmm, ok well, for starters, we have pretty **** good public transit. It's safe and reliable, busses/the L come frequently, Metra is almost always a safe bet. Chicago bus drivers are aggressive on the road but actually really friendly if you need help. Once, when I was in high school, some friends and I got kind of lost. We asked the bus driver, who told us what stop to wait at and then radioed the driver of the bus we were waiting for to tell him to look out for a group of 4 kids who needed to get to the train station. The only other city I've used public transit in is LA and their bus system SUCKS compared to ours.
It's generally a pretty friendly city, although that can vary by neighborhood. I had a lady from Detroit tell me how nice everybody is in Chicago. My friend's mom says Chicago is a big city with midwestern sensibilities.
We're also an awesome food city - in fact, some would say THE food city in the US right now. I have several hole-in-the-wall, BYOB favorites, but there are also prominent restaurants if you're looking for something different. Lots of bars that range from super hip, to super classy, to down-n-dirty.
Definitely dog friendly here. Renting with a large dog is a challenge, as always, but smaller dogs are much easier. Licensing is $5 for an altered dog and $50 for an intact one, but they're not enforced. We have an awesome off leash dog beach (technically you need a license AND a Dog Friendly Area pass, but nobody has either). Lots of restaurants allow dogs on their outdoor patios, and many put out bowls of water for them. Lots of training facilities and access to dog sports if you travel to the near-by suburbs. We have AKC, UKC, APDT, bitework, Dock Dogs, therapy dog clubs, etc.
Loyola is in Roger's Park, which is a neighborhood I don't know too much about although I do hear it's a nice place to live.
Let me know what other questions I can answer.
Thats funny that they are recruiting atheists. Thats good its liberal.
My uni has loads of people in the first year classes and more gen ed ish type stuff. I think around 250 or so in first year bio classes. But as soon as you leave those type of classes its much smaller.
It's normal. At least every Catholic/Christian Uni I know of recruits entirely on merit and really couldn't care less whether you are of the school's religion.
I think with most religion-affiliated Unis the only difference is there are churches on campus and a lot of extracurriculars that are religion-based. Other than a religion course or two added to GenEd requirements, it doesn't affect daily life if you don't want it to. I went to such a school, chose not to participate
I loooove Giordano's but I need to throw in a word for Lou Malnati's as well. Their "The Lou" pizza is amazing...mushrooms, spinach, sliced tomatoes, garlic, and a blend of cheeses.
This. When I was initially looking at the school I'm going to now, the only thing holding me back was that I needed religious references for most (not all) scholarships. Now that I'm not eligible for most scholarships (since I already have a BA) it's not an issue - and I even get some scholarships that I was NOT expecting (or I would if I could afford to go full time). It's VERY VERY unusual for a school to give scholarships to people that are on a second BA, so I think that's awesome.
Sis and I visit Chicago at least once a year (fencing tournament at Northwestern Univ.) and a friend lives in the Lake Forest area so we visit with her, too. It's a fun town and most of the people we've run into have been very friendly, but then, the folks in St. Louis are the same so I guess it's a Midwestern thing.
Don't think I could live in the city itself, but the outskirts wouldn't be bad. My dad used to live in Wheaton, I really like that town.
I live about an hour and a half from Chicago. I have to admit that I'm not really a big city person, but I do love Chicago! The traffic does suck, but the public transportation is good. There are parks, beaches, shopping, two large airports, museums, festivals, good food, etc. The dog culture is great out there too. The summers are hot, but nothing like Florida. The winters do suck, but I wouldn't think it would be much worse than northeastern winters, and the spring and fall are beautiful.
I didn't care for Gino's. It was too.... tomato-y, if my memory is correct. For my tastes at least.
My sister really wanted to get us to try more pizza places, but after we had Giordanos there was just no way we were going to turn it down in order to try something new lol. We have some good pizza places in MN but nothing like that!
What a shock that a thread about Chicago has a pizza discussion inside of it. :lol-sign:
I don't have any thing exciting to add, just another vote for Chicago love. I lived there for a year and I go there every year for the big hair show. If I was interested in living in this area of the country much longer I'd probably move to Chicago.