beepboopbeep wrote:I've had a number of orthodox friends in Chicago, so perhaps for once I'll actually be helpful to one of Moshei's threads.
Since QoL is becoming a larger concern than it was at the beginning, definitely NU here over Duke. The law school is in the loop (instead of in Evanston, where the rest of the Northwestern campus is), which gives you a lot of options for commuting. I'd probably recommend lakeview as there are a number of buildings that observe shabbos - doing the elevator thing, etc. Lakeview to the loop is an easy commute on the 151 or 146 (20-30 minutes) so you wouldn't have to get a car. You could also do west rogers park but that commute would be closer to an hour. Both have eruvs, if you believe in those.
I don't know if every class at the NU law school is at the loop location or if some are in Evanston - any NWern-ers here? - but if some/more are in Evanston, Rogers Park is a lot closer with the Loyola red line stop. Though there's also the Belmont/Addison red line stops in lakeview.
Your GF being in NYC is obviously a point in favor of GULC - and I have no idea what jewish life is like there - but I'm among those on this board skeptical of its value.
Thank you for this information. It's really helpful. My cousin, who went to Penn and works in BigLaw, said that GULC is probably the better choice for me given my entire situation, so I'm leaning toward them now. It's going to be fun figuring things out.