Northwestern Class of 2017

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby barrelofmonkeys » Thu May 01, 2014 12:55 pm

Ricky-Bobby wrote:
Leo wrote:How does one go about withdrawing after depositing?

I sent an email. They sent back the law school equivalent of "kthanx bye."


I was a nice kthxbai though.
I felt bad : (

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby Ricky-Bobby » Thu May 01, 2014 12:59 pm

barrelofmonkeys wrote:
Ricky-Bobby wrote:
Leo wrote:How does one go about withdrawing after depositing?

I sent an email. They sent back the law school equivalent of "kthanx bye."


I was a nice kthxbai though.
I felt bad : (

Me too, because they were super nice while dealing with my shenanigans and weird requests.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby coolbean2013 » Thu May 01, 2014 4:59 pm

Magnalum wrote:2 things:

-Fantasy football: Last year we had a fantasy football league of TLSers and it was fun. I'd like to do it again, so PM me if you want to be in the league this fall.

-I am moving to Lakeview, a neighborhood north of downtown, this Friday. Anyone else going to be living in Chicago this summer?


I won't be moving until early August, but I will be in Lakeview as well! Monday Night Football?!

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby Magnalum » Thu May 01, 2014 7:30 pm

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby franklyscarlet » Fri May 02, 2014 4:59 pm

Magnalum wrote:
coolbean2013 wrote:
Magnalum wrote:2 things:

-Fantasy football: Last year we had a fantasy football league of TLSers and it was fun. I'd like to do it again, so PM me if you want to be in the league this fall.

-I am moving to Lakeview, a neighborhood north of downtown, this Friday. Anyone else going to be living in Chicago this summer?


I won't be moving until early August, but I will be in Lakeview as well! Monday Night Football?!


I'm down


Welcome to lakeview! Good choice.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby herrowww » Fri May 02, 2014 5:08 pm

franklyscarlet wrote:
Magnalum wrote:
coolbean2013 wrote:
Magnalum wrote:2 things:

-Fantasy football: Last year we had a fantasy football league of TLSers and it was fun. I'd like to do it again, so PM me if you want to be in the league this fall.

-I am moving to Lakeview, a neighborhood north of downtown, this Friday. Anyone else going to be living in Chicago this summer?


I won't be moving until early August, but I will be in Lakeview as well! Monday Night Football?!


I'm down


Welcome to lakeview! Good choice.


Lakeview vs Lincoln Park... Go. Still trying to decide which area to focus my apartment search in

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby Mullens » Fri May 02, 2014 5:23 pm

I realize this isn't very helpful, but I would look at both in between the red line and the lake. Generally, the farther north you go even in the two neighborhoods, the more square-footage you get per $ and the commute will only be different by a couple of minutes.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby franklyscarlet » Fri May 02, 2014 8:34 pm

Mullens wrote:I realize this isn't very helpful, but I would look at both in between the red line and the lake. Generally, the farther north you go even in the two neighborhoods, the more square-footage you get per $ and the commute will only be different by a couple of minutes.


yep- it's all about the commute. If you live on an express bus line it's quicker to live further north where you can get the 146/7/8 rather than the 151 (the devil's bus, slow and full of children). Going west makes it harder to get to school generally, though not always. In my very limited experience (living in lakeview and having friends who live in lincoln park) and based on the parts of these neighborhoods I frequent:

LP Pros: Bars, can be close to red/brown line depending on where you live, decent restaurants Cons: DEPAUL. Undergrad bros everywhere. Also, commute can be long depending on where you live.
LV pros: quieter, nice apartments for a reasonable price, good shopping (southport area), close to wrigley, boystown, and some restaurants and bars, has a variety of transit options. Cons: commute can be long if you live far from the lake busses or the redline, your McClurg living classmates will never want to leave streeterville to go to your place.

Keep in mind, it's just one person's opinions! Neighborhood choice is pretty personal. Make sure to keep close to transit and if possible, try out the commute during rush hour before picking.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby gimmedanger » Mon May 05, 2014 12:42 pm

has any one successfully negotiated
a) after putting down a deposit?
b) without another offer? (I have already withdrawn from the schools in their list)

thanks!

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby holly45 » Tue May 06, 2014 11:05 am

Did anyone else get info about the Marovitz scholarship application?

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby mirroroferised7 » Tue May 06, 2014 11:10 am

herrowww wrote:
franklyscarlet wrote:
Magnalum wrote:
coolbean2013 wrote:
I won't be moving until early August, but I will be in Lakeview as well! Monday Night Football?!


I'm down


Welcome to lakeview! Good choice.


Lakeview vs Lincoln Park... Go. Still trying to decide which area to focus my apartment search in


Lincoln Park- Pros: Slightly closer to downtown, more "bro" bars, more live music in said bars, super swanky "boutiques", couple of nice yoga studios. Cons: DePaul. All the DePaul bros. All the DePaul bros invading bars. All the DePaul bros puking on the sidewalk, All the DePaul bros sleeping on your front porch in a puddle of their own puke when you're leaving for class in the morning, less bang for your buck (apartments, bars, restaurants, etc.).

Lakeview- Pros: Much nicer access to lakefront parks, way more cool street festivals, much better bars/restaurants, cheap yoga studios, primary gayborhood in Chicago, world's most delicious (vegan) milkshake, amazing theater/comedy clubs Cons: Cubs games, Cubs fans stumbling into gayborhood and being jerks, Cubs fans punching each other out for the fuck of it, Cubs fans puking on the sidewalk, Cubs fans sleeping on your front porch in a puddle of their own puke when you're leaving for class in the morning, *just* far enough north that people with Streeterville attachment issues don't believe it actually exists.

Personally, I'm a Lakeview person. I lived three blocks from Wrigleyville, and I would do it all over again. I've gone to listen to friend's bands in Lincoln Park bars, and five minutes spent pushing through the uber-entitled crowd that seems to populate that area made me long for a nice, chill evening at Roscoe's or Sidetrack (Lakeview bars). Plus, you really can't beat Lakeview food. Arguably the one of the top three neighborhoods in the city for food. Lincoln Park has... nope... can't think of a single restaurant there that I love.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby Mullens » Tue May 06, 2014 11:19 am

On a similar vein, I'm a huge fan of the area between Belmont and Diversey because it's kinda a sweet spot on the border of Lakeview and Lincoln Park that avoids many of the problems described above with Depaul students and Cubs fans.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby Leo » Tue May 06, 2014 11:22 am

mirroroferised7 wrote:Lincoln Park- Pros: Slightly closer to downtown, more "bro" bars, more live music in said bars, super swanky "boutiques", couple of nice yoga studios. Cons: DePaul. All the DePaul bros. All the DePaul bros invading bars. All the DePaul bros puking on the sidewalk, All the DePaul bros sleeping on your front porch in a puddle of their own puke when you're leaving for class in the morning, less bang for your buck (apartments, bars, restaurants, etc.).

Lakeview- Pros: Much nicer access to lakefront parks, way more cool street festivals, much better bars/restaurants, cheap yoga studios, primary gayborhood in Chicago, world's most delicious (vegan) milkshake, amazing theater/comedy clubs Cons: Cubs games, Cubs fans stumbling into gayborhood and being jerks, Cubs fans punching each other out for the fuck of it, Cubs fans puking on the sidewalk, Cubs fans sleeping on your front porch in a puddle of their own puke when you're leaving for class in the morning, *just* far enough north that people with Streeterville attachment issues don't believe it actually exists.

Personally, I'm a Lakeview person. I lived three blocks from Wrigleyville, and I would do it all over again. I've gone to listen to friend's bands in Lincoln Park bars, and five minutes spent pushing through the uber-entitled crowd that seems to populate that area made me long for a nice, chill evening at Roscoe's or Sidetrack (Lakeview bars). Plus, you really can't beat Lakeview food. Arguably the one of the top three neighborhoods in the city for food. Lincoln Park has... nope... can't think of a single restaurant there that I love.

TCR, but I'm also a Lakeview resident so my opinion is biased.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby mirroroferised7 » Tue May 06, 2014 12:24 pm

Leo wrote:
mirroroferised7 wrote:Lincoln Park- Pros: Slightly closer to downtown, more "bro" bars, more live music in said bars, super swanky "boutiques", couple of nice yoga studios. Cons: DePaul. All the DePaul bros. All the DePaul bros invading bars. All the DePaul bros puking on the sidewalk, All the DePaul bros sleeping on your front porch in a puddle of their own puke when you're leaving for class in the morning, less bang for your buck (apartments, bars, restaurants, etc.).

Lakeview- Pros: Much nicer access to lakefront parks, way more cool street festivals, much better bars/restaurants, cheap yoga studios, primary gayborhood in Chicago, world's most delicious (vegan) milkshake, amazing theater/comedy clubs Cons: Cubs games, Cubs fans stumbling into gayborhood and being jerks, Cubs fans punching each other out for the fuck of it, Cubs fans puking on the sidewalk, Cubs fans sleeping on your front porch in a puddle of their own puke when you're leaving for class in the morning, *just* far enough north that people with Streeterville attachment issues don't believe it actually exists.

Personally, I'm a Lakeview person. I lived three blocks from Wrigleyville, and I would do it all over again. I've gone to listen to friend's bands in Lincoln Park bars, and five minutes spent pushing through the uber-entitled crowd that seems to populate that area made me long for a nice, chill evening at Roscoe's or Sidetrack (Lakeview bars). Plus, you really can't beat Lakeview food. Arguably the one of the top three neighborhoods in the city for food. Lincoln Park has... nope... can't think of a single restaurant there that I love.

TCR, but I'm also a Lakeview resident so my opinion is biased.



Lakeview "180" restaurants:
Ann Sather's (ONLY go for the cinnamon rolls)
Birds and Blokes
Bobtail Ice Cream
Chicago Diner
Cheesie's
Clarke's
Cozy's
DS Tequila
Horizon Cafe
Jack's
Jaiyen Sushi
Joy's Noodles and Rice
Melanthio's
Native Foods (two words: Lavender. Lemonade.)
Pie Hole
Waffles
Wilde's

And that's just the places I regularly visit

Lincoln Park:
Jam and Honey (does this place even exist anymore?)

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby suzige » Tue May 06, 2014 12:35 pm

mirroroferised7 wrote:
Leo wrote:
mirroroferised7 wrote:Lincoln Park- Pros: Slightly closer to downtown, more "bro" bars, more live music in said bars, super swanky "boutiques", couple of nice yoga studios. Cons: DePaul. All the DePaul bros. All the DePaul bros invading bars. All the DePaul bros puking on the sidewalk, All the DePaul bros sleeping on your front porch in a puddle of their own puke when you're leaving for class in the morning, less bang for your buck (apartments, bars, restaurants, etc.).

Lakeview- Pros: Much nicer access to lakefront parks, way more cool street festivals, much better bars/restaurants, cheap yoga studios, primary gayborhood in Chicago, world's most delicious (vegan) milkshake, amazing theater/comedy clubs Cons: Cubs games, Cubs fans stumbling into gayborhood and being jerks, Cubs fans punching each other out for the fuck of it, Cubs fans puking on the sidewalk, Cubs fans sleeping on your front porch in a puddle of their own puke when you're leaving for class in the morning, *just* far enough north that people with Streeterville attachment issues don't believe it actually exists.

Personally, I'm a Lakeview person. I lived three blocks from Wrigleyville, and I would do it all over again. I've gone to listen to friend's bands in Lincoln Park bars, and five minutes spent pushing through the uber-entitled crowd that seems to populate that area made me long for a nice, chill evening at Roscoe's or Sidetrack (Lakeview bars). Plus, you really can't beat Lakeview food. Arguably the one of the top three neighborhoods in the city for food. Lincoln Park has... nope... can't think of a single restaurant there that I love.

TCR, but I'm also a Lakeview resident so my opinion is biased.



Lakeview "180" restaurants:
Ann Sather's (ONLY go for the cinnamon rolls)
Birds and Blokes
Bobtail Ice Cream
Chicago Diner
Cheesie's
Clarke's
Cozy's
DS Tequila
Horizon Cafe
Jack's
Jaiyen Sushi
Joy's Noodles and Rice
Melanthio's
Native Foods (two words: Lavender. Lemonade.)
Pie Hole
Waffles
Wilde's

And that's just the places I regularly visit

Lincoln Park:
Jam and Honey (does this place even exist anymore?)


I'm pretty sure Jam and Honey is still open. Never ate there tho. Anytime i've gone for breakfast it's been slammed.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby feralinfant » Tue May 06, 2014 12:44 pm

mirroroferised7 wrote:
Leo wrote:
mirroroferised7 wrote:Lincoln Park- Pros: Slightly closer to downtown, more "bro" bars, more live music in said bars, super swanky "boutiques", couple of nice yoga studios. Cons: DePaul. All the DePaul bros. All the DePaul bros invading bars. All the DePaul bros puking on the sidewalk, All the DePaul bros sleeping on your front porch in a puddle of their own puke when you're leaving for class in the morning, less bang for your buck (apartments, bars, restaurants, etc.).

Lakeview- Pros: Much nicer access to lakefront parks, way more cool street festivals, much better bars/restaurants, cheap yoga studios, primary gayborhood in Chicago, world's most delicious (vegan) milkshake, amazing theater/comedy clubs Cons: Cubs games, Cubs fans stumbling into gayborhood and being jerks, Cubs fans punching each other out for the fuck of it, Cubs fans puking on the sidewalk, Cubs fans sleeping on your front porch in a puddle of their own puke when you're leaving for class in the morning, *just* far enough north that people with Streeterville attachment issues don't believe it actually exists.

Personally, I'm a Lakeview person. I lived three blocks from Wrigleyville, and I would do it all over again. I've gone to listen to friend's bands in Lincoln Park bars, and five minutes spent pushing through the uber-entitled crowd that seems to populate that area made me long for a nice, chill evening at Roscoe's or Sidetrack (Lakeview bars). Plus, you really can't beat Lakeview food. Arguably the one of the top three neighborhoods in the city for food. Lincoln Park has... nope... can't think of a single restaurant there that I love.

TCR, but I'm also a Lakeview resident so my opinion is biased.



Lakeview "180" restaurants:
Ann Sather's (ONLY go for the cinnamon rolls)
Birds and Blokes
Bobtail Ice Cream
Chicago Diner
Cheesie's
Clarke's
Cozy's
DS Tequila
Horizon Cafe
Jack's
Jaiyen Sushi
Joy's Noodles and Rice
Melanthio's
Native Foods (two words: Lavender. Lemonade.)
Pie Hole
Waffles
Wilde's

And that's just the places I regularly visit

Lincoln Park:
Jam and Honey (does this place even exist anymore?)



Just going to pile a few more onto the lakeview list:

Nookie's treehouse cafe
Diva Sushi (if it's 3:30 am)
Ceres table (haven't actually been yet but just moved from Uptown, made michelin's "bib gourmand")
Ping Pong

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby suzige » Tue May 06, 2014 12:50 pm

I've heard that Ceres Table is awesome. Native Foods is amazing too.
I will beg to differ about Ann Sathers' rolls. The 2 times i've gone they've been stale and nasty. Not worth $.
I would recommend Etnos Village Grill in Lincoln Park for burgers/chicken gyros--whenever the place opens up again after their expansion/remodel that seems to be taking a ridiculous amount of months....

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby mirroroferised7 » Tue May 06, 2014 1:08 pm

feralinfant wrote:
mirroroferised7 wrote:
Leo wrote:
mirroroferised7 wrote:Lincoln Park- Pros: Slightly closer to downtown, more "bro" bars, more live music in said bars, super swanky "boutiques", couple of nice yoga studios. Cons: DePaul. All the DePaul bros. All the DePaul bros invading bars. All the DePaul bros puking on the sidewalk, All the DePaul bros sleeping on your front porch in a puddle of their own puke when you're leaving for class in the morning, less bang for your buck (apartments, bars, restaurants, etc.).

Lakeview- Pros: Much nicer access to lakefront parks, way more cool street festivals, much better bars/restaurants, cheap yoga studios, primary gayborhood in Chicago, world's most delicious (vegan) milkshake, amazing theater/comedy clubs Cons: Cubs games, Cubs fans stumbling into gayborhood and being jerks, Cubs fans punching each other out for the fuck of it, Cubs fans puking on the sidewalk, Cubs fans sleeping on your front porch in a puddle of their own puke when you're leaving for class in the morning, *just* far enough north that people with Streeterville attachment issues don't believe it actually exists.

Personally, I'm a Lakeview person. I lived three blocks from Wrigleyville, and I would do it all over again. I've gone to listen to friend's bands in Lincoln Park bars, and five minutes spent pushing through the uber-entitled crowd that seems to populate that area made me long for a nice, chill evening at Roscoe's or Sidetrack (Lakeview bars). Plus, you really can't beat Lakeview food. Arguably the one of the top three neighborhoods in the city for food. Lincoln Park has... nope... can't think of a single restaurant there that I love.

TCR, but I'm also a Lakeview resident so my opinion is biased.



Lakeview "180" restaurants:
Ann Sather's (ONLY go for the cinnamon rolls)
Birds and Blokes
Bobtail Ice Cream
Chicago Diner
Cheesie's
Clarke's
Cozy's
DS Tequila
Horizon Cafe
Jack's
Jaiyen Sushi
Joy's Noodles and Rice
Melanthio's
Native Foods (two words: Lavender. Lemonade.)
Pie Hole
Waffles
Wilde's

And that's just the places I regularly visit

Lincoln Park:
Jam and Honey (does this place even exist anymore?)



Just going to pile a few more onto the lakeview list:

Nookie's treehouse cafe
Diva Sushi (if it's 3:30 am)
Ceres table (haven't actually been yet but just moved from Uptown, made michelin's "bib gourmand")
Ping Pong


Pretty sure Ping Pong is closed :(
Can't believe I forgot Nookie's and Diva!!

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby feralinfant » Tue May 06, 2014 1:16 pm

mirroroferised7 wrote:Pretty sure Ping Pong is closed :(
Can't believe I forgot Nookie's and Diva!!


no way. ping pong is alive and kicking not too far south of roscoe on broadway. unless its closed in the last 10 days or so.

also Halsted's is actually a pretty legit sports even if theres nothing particularly special about it. I mean it's a gay sports bar which is kind of special. But it's also got a decent brunch, awesome mac and cheese and a great patio out back. Not a bad place to eat a burger and watch a game at all.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby kenwash » Tue May 06, 2014 6:10 pm

holly45 wrote:Did anyone else get info about the Marovitz scholarship application?

Yep I did. It seems pretty selective (only one person is chosen from all Illinois law schools?) to only receive 40K.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby franklyscarlet » Wed May 07, 2014 1:29 am

feralinfant wrote:
mirroroferised7 wrote:
Leo wrote:
mirroroferised7 wrote:Lincoln Park- Pros: Slightly closer to downtown, more "bro" bars, more live music in said bars, super swanky "boutiques", couple of nice yoga studios. Cons: DePaul. All the DePaul bros. All the DePaul bros invading bars. All the DePaul bros puking on the sidewalk, All the DePaul bros sleeping on your front porch in a puddle of their own puke when you're leaving for class in the morning, less bang for your buck (apartments, bars, restaurants, etc.).

Lakeview- Pros: Much nicer access to lakefront parks, way more cool street festivals, much better bars/restaurants, cheap yoga studios, primary gayborhood in Chicago, world's most delicious (vegan) milkshake, amazing theater/comedy clubs Cons: Cubs games, Cubs fans stumbling into gayborhood and being jerks, Cubs fans punching each other out for the fuck of it, Cubs fans puking on the sidewalk, Cubs fans sleeping on your front porch in a puddle of their own puke when you're leaving for class in the morning, *just* far enough north that people with Streeterville attachment issues don't believe it actually exists.

Personally, I'm a Lakeview person. I lived three blocks from Wrigleyville, and I would do it all over again. I've gone to listen to friend's bands in Lincoln Park bars, and five minutes spent pushing through the uber-entitled crowd that seems to populate that area made me long for a nice, chill evening at Roscoe's or Sidetrack (Lakeview bars). Plus, you really can't beat Lakeview food. Arguably the one of the top three neighborhoods in the city for food. Lincoln Park has... nope... can't think of a single restaurant there that I love.

TCR, but I'm also a Lakeview resident so my opinion is biased.



Lakeview "180" restaurants:
Ann Sather's (ONLY go for the cinnamon rolls)
Birds and Blokes
Bobtail Ice Cream
Chicago Diner
Cheesie's
Clarke's
Cozy's
DS Tequila
Horizon Cafe
Jack's
Jaiyen Sushi
Joy's Noodles and Rice
Melanthio's
Native Foods (two words: Lavender. Lemonade.)
Pie Hole
Waffles
Wilde's

And that's just the places I regularly visit

Lincoln Park:
Jam and Honey (does this place even exist anymore?)



Just going to pile a few more onto the lakeview list:

Nookie's treehouse cafe
Diva Sushi (if it's 3:30 am)
Ceres table (haven't actually been yet but just moved from Uptown, made michelin's "bib gourmand")
Ping Pong


Piling on:
wrigley bbq
southport grocery
julius meinle (for coffee)


Also, there are great bars in lakeview. Boystown bars, southport bars, wrigley bars. and even if I want to go out in lincoln park, I always appreciate being able to take the train/bus there, then grab a $7 cab ride home and sleep in my nice quiet neighborhood at night.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby coolbean2013 » Wed May 07, 2014 9:39 pm

Thank you for all these Lakeview restaurant recommendations, I'm excited to try them all out!

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby whereskyle » Sun May 11, 2014 12:43 pm

Hey all! I've lived in Florida and California my entire life, and I know only a few people, who really know how to deal with cold. I'm wondering if you all, my cohort, may be willing to contribute to a list of essential gear and practices I'm compiling for surviving those -30 degree days with my health intact. What do I need to wear to protect myself on a frigid day? What are wise practices to follow if I have to be somewhere across town on a wintry day? I understand that this is amateurish, but I've spent about 12 days of my life in freezing temperatures, and I just wore two jackets and two pairs of jeans. I'd like to upgrade. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby Marshmallow » Mon May 12, 2014 10:32 am

Not sure where to post this, but thought it was maybe worth mentioning: I withdrew close to the deadline and received an email late last week about the availability of additional funding. I think I got a little low-balled in the second round of scholarships, but maybe not and they just have some spare cash to give out?

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2017

Postby NYC-WVU » Mon May 12, 2014 11:14 am

whereskyle wrote:Hey all! I've lived in Florida and California my entire life, and I know only a few people, who really know how to deal with cold. I'm wondering if you all, my cohort, may be willing to contribute to a list of essential gear and practices I'm compiling for surviving those -30 degree days with my health intact. What do I need to wear to protect myself on a frigid day? What are wise practices to follow if I have to be somewhere across town on a wintry day? I understand that this is amateurish, but I've spent about 12 days of my life in freezing temperatures, and I just wore two jackets and two pairs of jeans. I'd like to upgrade. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

This is going to sound like an obnoxious comment, but in all seriousness, you just have to dress more warmly. Chicago winters seem to be about 15 degrees colder than NYC winters, but I don't think I am any colder than I was in NY, because I dress for colder weather. I'd guess that in the dead of winter, I dress for 10-30 degree weather. So when it's 10 I'm a little cold, and if it's 30 I'll overheat if I run to catch the bus or something. In NY, I would dress for 25-45 degree weather, and it would be the same deal.
Some essentials:
Good coat.
Good hat. <--- This is the one people skip, probably because an appropriate hat for this weather (e.g., fur) seems ridiculous. I had to get one cause I walk my dog and I love it.
If you're not going to be outside for long, you should be okay in almost any Chicago weather with some wool pants. If you're going to be outside for any significant amount of time, you might want to get some snow pants. They're a bit overkill, but you can always take them off.
Boots!
Unless there are great sales going on now. You might want to just wait and see what you will need. Especially if you are not around people who can give you reasonable advice.




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