Open House Chicago

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Here is a photo I took of the Women’s Lounge at Union Station during the 2014 Open House Chicago. The location is on the list again this year.

Have you ever looked at an architectural marvel in Chicago and wished you could see inside? Is access limited? Perhaps you, like many of us, aren’t even aware that little hidden gems are tucked away into seemingly nondescript buildings in mundane places.

If this got you wondering, Open House Chicago is probably a great fit for you. From October 15-16, 200 of Chicago’s most famous (and lesser known) structures open their doors and give you all-access free of charge to architectural masterpieceswhether that means entering an otherwise off limits room for a day or discovering something that has always been in plain sight.

Check out the Open House Chicago website for the list of sites for 2016’s Open House Chicago!

 

 

Inexpensive Excursions

Seeing the sights in the city doesn’t have to drain your back account of its every last cent. Many places in the city have free entry if you show your DePaul ID, offer a discounted price with your DePaul ID, or offer reasonable deals.

Read on to find out about all the places you could go for a great price.

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2016 Lakeview East Festival of the Arts

Here is a fun event for everyone coming up soon:

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Lakeview East Festival of the Arts

This event will feature over 150 artists, live music, local foods, a garden oasis, and family activities. You can browse artwork, jewelry, sculptures, and more at this fun festival.

Saturday, September 10: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 11: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Along Broadway, Belmont to Hawthorne

For more information, please visit the event page!

Student Housing Resources

Whether you are moving to Chicago from elsewhere or simply in search of a new apartment, we have compiled a list of resources for you that students have successfully used in the past.

Chicago Getaway Hostel:

If you are in need of immediate housing, even if only temporary, this hostel is very close to the Lincoln Park campus. Located east of campus down Fullerton and two blocks north of Fullerton, Chicago Getaway Hostel is affordable and close to food and shopping. You can choose to have your own room or share with others to lessen the cost. There is free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and is listed at $72 a night. The 74 Fullerton CTA bus will take you to campus. The stop is located just a few steps west of the McDonald’s at Fullerton and Lincoln.

You can book your room through sites like hotels.com or expedia.com.

  • Phone number: 773-929-5380
  • Website: getawayhostel.com
  • Address: 616 W Arlington Pl, Chicago, IL 60614

DePaul Students Living Off Campus Public Facebook Page:

This page is a student run Facebook page (you need a Facebook account to post) where students list apartments available for rent or make posts seeking roommates/subletters for their apartments. You can either make a post yourself asking if there is anyone who knows of a place to stay, or you can browse the posts students have already made. Those who are interested are asked to comment/message the poster on Facebook. It is wise to message the poster and ask to meet face to face to discuss the listing prior to accepting anything.

offcampushousing.depaul.edu:

Similar to the Facebook page, this site is also for DePaul students seeking off campus housing. You can search for roommates or listings based on the criteria that you would like for an apartment. You can also create a roommate profile so prospective roommates know a little bit about you. You can see the prices and contact information of the lessor, as well as the move in date.

zillow.com:

This site allows you to search for apartments (with the criteria of your liking) in an area of your choosing and view the prices, amenities, and utilities offered. The listing will allow you to contact the landlord or lessor for a showing.

domu.com:

Similar to Zillow, this site allows you to search for apartments (with the criteria of your liking) in an are area of your choosing and view the prices, amenities, and utilities offered. The listing will allow you to contact the landlord or lessor for a showing.

The Apartment People:

This service allows you to search a database of apartment listings in order to find an apartment that meets the criteria of your choice. You may schedule an appointment for free with an agent that will ask your desired criteria and then search the listings for you in order to meet said criteria. These agents are not landlords, and act as a liaison between you and the lessor.

The Apartment Finders:

This service allows you to search a database of apartment listings in order to find an apartment that meets the criteria of your choice. You may schedule an appointment for free with an agent that will ask your desired criteria and then search the listings for you in order to meet said criteria. Through this service, an agent will drive you to the listings you would like to see for free. These agents are not landlords, and act as a liaison between you and the lessor. This site has a tab for student housing, as well.

spotcrime.com/il/Chicago:

It is important to consult this site when looking for an apartment to make sure you are staying in a safe area. You can use this map to search your area and see what, if any, crime has happened around the apartment you are interested in. If there is a high crime rate, do not accept the apartment, even if it is a great price. Make sure to also check the bus and/or train stations that are close to your apartment to see what crime has happened there, too.

General tips:

  • It is always a good idea to meet face to face with the poster/landlord/lessor/agent to see the place and discuss before agreeing to anything.
  • Ask the prices of utilities to make sure you know how much you will be paying in addition to rent.
  • If you are going to live with roommates, make sure to ask questions about lifestyles and preferences to see if you are compatible roommates.
  • Ask about how much is required for the security deposit and other fees.
  • Do not sign a lease until you see the apartment and make sure there are no damages. Take pictures of the apartment before you move in to show there were no damages at the time of moving in.
  • Apartments that are out of the way of transportation should be your last choice, if possible.

***For any other questions, please contact Adult Student Services at 312-362-6216

Here are these resources as a PDF available for download.

Fun Fall Events

MALS/IDS is lucky to have graduate students from all walks of life who enjoy a myriad of events. Whether you are a seasoned Chicago native or a brand new face to the city, we have compiled a list of fun events around campus and/or the Chicago area that (hopefully!) has something for everyone to enjoy.

  • DePaul Welcome Week is hosting a few events the first week of the upcoming quarter. From Sept. 3-15, these DWW events are meant to get you situated around campus, learn about DePaul student life, and have fun! All you need is your student ID to attend.
    • Taste of DePaul (Sept. 3 from 4pm to 8pm on the LPC Quad) – Try foods from the Lincoln Park area!
    • After Taste: The Lip Sync Battle (Sept. 3 from 7pm to 11pm in the LPC Student Center Room 120AB) – After you’ve eaten, attend for musical battles, prizes, and more (free) food.
    • Trolleys to Target (Sept. 4 from 12pm to 5pm at the LPC Student Center) – Take a trolley service to Target for anything you might have forgotten to bring with you.
    • DePaul Does Labor Day (Sept. 5 from 11am to 3pm – meet in the LPC Student Center) – Explore Millenium Park, the zoo, the beach, and the “Bean!”
    • Fall 2016 LPC Involvement Fair (Sept. 9 from 1pm to 4pm on the LPC Quad) – Learn about on campus organizations in the LPC.
    • The Second City (Sept. 10 from 7pm to 10pm at the Merle Reskin Theatre) – Come see the famous improv comedy show where SNL stars such as John Belushi, Rachel Dratch, Chris Farley, and Tina Fey started out. It’s free!
    • Fall 2016 Loop Involvement Fair (Sept. 15 from 1pm to 4pm at the DePaul Center 11th Floor) – Learn about on campus organizations in the Loop campus.
  • Community Fest (Sept. 8 – 3:30pm to 6pm in the LPC Student Center Room 120AB): Community Fest is a welcome back celebration focused on the engagement and inclusion of multicultural and identity-based student organizations, the Center for Identity, Inclusion & Social Change and it is an intentional way for cultural student organizations to build stronger collaborative and relationships amongst their organizations and the DePaul Community.
  • Here is a wonderful list of events happening in the Chicago Area this month, as well as in September.
  • The DePaul Art Museum is excited to host SPECTRALINA (Aug. 18 from 6pm to 8pm), an audio-visual performance project by musician Dan Bitney of the band Tortoise and visual artist Selina Trepp. The performance combines image and sound to create a “visual music” in which each medium bears equal force. Free and open to everyone! (RSVP required.)

2016-17 Fall Graduate Open House

Save the date for the graduate open house! This quarterly event is meant to inform and assist those who are interested in graduate school at DePaul. Here is all the information you need to attend the 2016-17 fall quarter graduate open house:

DPU Graduate Open House
Thursday, October 13, 2016
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Lincoln Park Student Center
Room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

In order to register for this event, please visit the event page!