Northwestern c/o 2015 - Coming up: Clown car Ikea parties

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby splitsplat » Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:56 pm

good luck brother.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby Samara » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:26 pm

JamMasterJ wrote:bye guys, I'm not gonna be at NU next year

Leaving us?! Fine. :evil:










Congrats and good luck!

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby JamMasterJ » Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:06 pm

Samara wrote:
JamMasterJ wrote:bye guys, I'm not gonna be at NU next year

Leaving us?! Fine. :evil:










Congrats and good luck!

how about we summer at Sidley together instead?

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby Samara » Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:13 pm

JamMasterJ wrote:how about we summer at Sidley together instead?

Excellent.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:13 pm

Hmm. Just got photos sent to me by the McClurg leasing office.

I guess when the website says "Your Apartment Features New Kitchens with Stainless Steel Appliances Including: Microwaves, Custom Wood Cabinetry, Stone Tile Floors, Breakfast Bars and Granite Countertops," what they actually mean is that MY apartment features white (probably veneered particle board) cabinetry, formica countertops and a miniature dishwasher, and someone else's kitchen looks like the one on the website.

That's a little disappointing, although it shouldn't be surprising. :-P

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby Blumpbeef » Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:18 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:Hmm. Just got photos sent to me by the McClurg leasing office.

I guess when the website says "Your Apartment Features New Kitchens with Stainless Steel Appliances Including: Microwaves, Custom Wood Cabinetry, Stone Tile Floors, Breakfast Bars and Granite Countertops," what they actually mean is that MY apartment features white (probably veneered particle board) cabinetry, formica countertops and a miniature dishwasher, and someone else's kitchen looks like the one on the website.

That's a little disappointing, although it shouldn't be surprising. :-P


It's actually quite disappointing. I was considering McClurg over others just for that kitchen. Mind forwarding me the pictures?

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby Holly Golightly » Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:34 pm

Unless you are independently wealthy or have several thousand dollars in savings to put towards your apartment, if you live in Streeterville then your apartment will likely both suck and be tiny.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby Icculus » Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:44 pm

Holly Golightly wrote:Unless you are independently wealthy or have several thousand dollars in savings to put towards your apartment, if you live in Streeterville then your apartment will likely both suck and be tiny.


I highly recomend not living in Streeterville. Overpriced, underwhelming, and nothing to do past 10:00 at night. Though Streeter's Tavern can be a pretty good time with the right people.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby Blumpbeef » Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:45 pm

So where should we be looking instead?

I feel like walking is the only viable means of transportation and I don't want to have to walk 20 minutes in the snow.

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Postby bjsesq » Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:48 pm

Blumpbeef wrote:So where should we be looking instead?

I feel like walking is the only viable means of transportation and I don't want to have to walk 20 minutes in the snow.


Chicago's public transportation is actually pretty damn good.

Popular hoods (in no particular order):

1. Lincoln Park
2. Gold Coast
3. Lakeview
4. River North
5. River west
6. Ukranian Village
7. Wicker Park
8. West loop


That should give you a good start.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby NorthwesternorBust » Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:50 pm

I chose river north after I saw what was available in streeterville.

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Postby Blumpbeef » Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:51 pm

From my quick glance at google maps it seemed like using public transportation was, realistically, a 20 minute commute. Is that inaccurate?

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Postby bjsesq » Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:54 pm

Blumpbeef wrote:From my quick glance at google maps it seemed like using public transportation was, realistically, a 20 minute commute. Is that inaccurate?


Depends on where you are coming from. I live in River West/Westtown, and 20 minutes is on the high side. If you aren't taking the bus around rush hours, it's more like 10-15.

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Postby Holly Golightly » Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:01 pm

bjsesq wrote:
Blumpbeef wrote:From my quick glance at google maps it seemed like using public transportation was, realistically, a 20 minute commute. Is that inaccurate?


Depends on where you are coming from. I live in River West/Westtown, and 20 minutes is on the high side. If you aren't taking the bus around rush hours, it's more like 10-15.

And in rush hour from there it can be just as fast to walk, which is ~35 mins or so.

If all you care about is being near school, by all means live in Streeterville. If you care about basically anything else, pick a neighborhood you like the feel of/can find a good apartment in.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby Icculus » Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:16 pm

bjsesq wrote:
Blumpbeef wrote:So where should we be looking instead?

I feel like walking is the only viable means of transportation and I don't want to have to walk 20 minutes in the snow.


Chicago's public transportation is actually pretty damn good.

Popular hoods (in no particular order):

1. Lincoln Park
2. Gold Coast
3. Lakeview
4. River North
5. River west
6. Ukranian Village
7. Wicker Park
8. West loop


That should give you a good start.


+1. I think Gold Coast or Lincoln Park are best because of location, though Lincoln Park is much cheaper and is probably a 20 minute commute. And if you have a bicycle you can make the ride in about 20 as well.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:16 pm

Holly Golightly wrote:If all you care about is being near school, by all means live in Streeterville.
For my first year at law school and my first time living in an urban environment with no car, that is exactly what I care about. I don't mind "commuting" for my social life if my walk to school is 3 blocks. (I commute 35-40 minutes by car right now and sometimes it's just soul-crushing to finally get off work and still know you're not going to be home for almost an hour. And that's a gorgeous drive through wine country.)

That said, it's irritating that McClurg has about 2 photos on the website that show the interiors of any units, and the photos are clearly not representative of all units. Not to mention that the "Your apartment features..." description doesn't have any qualification anywhere.

The kitchen isn't bad, especially compared to some I saw, but, it certainly does not have stainless appliances and granite counters. It does appear to have a decent amount of counter and cabinet space, which is good. (I saw apartments with perhaps a 1' section of counter. Where are you supposed to prep food, in the bathtub? At that size, I don't care if the counter is solid gold.)

Kitchen http://i.imgur.com/DBpe3.jpg
Living room http://i.imgur.com/4cwkn.jpg
Living room http://i.imgur.com/CioIY.jpg
Bathroom http://i.imgur.com/FB9ps.jpg
Closet http://i.imgur.com/1GlRn.jpg
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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby Blumpbeef » Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:25 pm

I want a kitchen that looks like the picture

Image

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:30 pm

Blumpbeef wrote:I want a kitchen that looks like the picture

[img]beautiful%20kitchen[/img]
I know, right?
I figured it would be a hell of a lot smaller in a studio, but assumed that the description meant they'd refurbed all units with similar materials, at least. :|

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby Icculus » Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:39 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
Blumpbeef wrote:I want a kitchen that looks like the picture

[img]beautiful%20kitchen[/img]
I know, right?
I figured it would be a hell of a lot smaller in a studio, but assumed that the description meant they'd refurbed all units with similar materials, at least. :|


As one who worked in real estate for a few years, most studios have kitchens that are absolutely atrocious. Landlords and management companies never seem to spend any money on fixing up the studios, no money in it.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby Blumpbeef » Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:24 pm

3 day CTA pass for $9 on Groupon, for people going up before school starts: http://www.groupon.com/deals/chicago-tr ... gn=4485850

I guess you can buy up to 4

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby rinkrat19 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:01 pm

Blumpbeef wrote:3 day CTA pass for $9 on Groupon, for people going up before school starts: http://www.groupon.com/deals/chicago-tr ... gn=4485850

I guess you can buy up to 4
Thanks for this. I got a couple to use in August. I figure I won't be needing it EVERY day, but I'll certainly want to go somewhere SOME days.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby NorthwesternorBust » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:47 pm

Anyone know where Aqua is? I'm starting to think I may have picked a place too far away? haha

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby rinkrat19 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:50 pm

NorthwesternorBust wrote:Anyone know where Aqua is? I'm starting to think I may have picked a place too far away? haha

Did you look at a map?

The building looks like it has a skin disease. Not a successful architectural design, IMO.

Also, holy crap, how much are you paying there? Hope you have some money besides loans, duder.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby NorthwesternorBust » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:22 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
NorthwesternorBust wrote:Anyone know where Aqua is? I'm starting to think I may have picked a place too far away? haha

Did you look at a map?

The building looks like it has a skin disease. Not a successful architectural design, IMO.

Also, holy crap, how much are you paying there? Hope you have some money besides loans, duder.


haha, I like the design. I did look a map, it says 20 minutes to walk it, but not sure how accurate it is. Walked it myself but got turned around, haha.

And its expensive. But I have a roommate.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2015 - leading the T14 in bacon consumption

Postby kennethellenparcell » Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:43 pm

cactuarX3 wrote:Guys, check out what the MBA students did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij_QZE8OM4g

Challenge accepted?


Um, this challenge is absolutely accepted!




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