Living in Chicago


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With Michelin-starred restaurants and world-class museums, fashionable shops and premier entertainment, Chicago is a great place to call home. With 77 distinct neighborhoods occupying more than 2,100 square miles, the possibilities for exploration are endless.

The Illinois College of Optometry is located in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the city’s near south side. Jazz legend Louis Armstrong, bluesmen Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters, playwright Lorraine Hansberry and civil rights leader Ida B. Wells are among the famous folks who have lived or worked in the area. U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox, is less than a mile from campus; the Bears play at Soldier Field in the nearby South Loop. Wrigley Field, home to the Cubs, and the United Center, home to the Bulls and Blackhawks, are both easily accessible by public transportation. 

 

The Chicago Transportation Authority operates the elevated trains and buses, which are easy, affordable and convenient modes of transport. The basic cash fare for riders is $2.25. You can access the CTA with a Ventra Card. Ventra Cards feature a variety of different payment options and can be purchased online and at locations throughout throughout the city, including el stations. 

Additionally, ICO is situated only a half mile from one Chicago’s most famous attractions, Lake Michigan. The lakefront boasts numerous parks, beaches, boating facilities and an 18-mile path popular with joggers, bicyclists and inline skaters. Learn more about a student’s experience at the lakefront facilities closest to ICO, 31st Street Beach and Harbor.

Interested in learning more about what the Windy City has to offer? Official city visitors’ site Choose Chicago, local alt weekly Chicago Reader and entertainment listings site Metromix are great resources to all things Chicago.