Samsing wrote:I'm interested as well. I was thinking about asking the same exact questions as Optimist. What's a typical weekend like? How much time do you get to explore the city or just do something that interests you? I'll be coming from the south and don't mind the cold but I'm not exactly used to it. How hard is adapting to the weather change if any of you had to face that? Chicago is definitely one of my top choices. Thank you for answering the questions!
I had a lot of extra time during fall quarter--I was probably hanging out with friends most nights of the week. This quarter is busier so I pretty much only see them on weekends, but I still have plenty of time as long as I budget it wisely. I imagine spring will be rather terrible but I think it's short enough that as long as you maintain a good mental state and don't get burned out before then you can power through it. That's the goal anyway.
Going to the city is very easy on either public transportation or with your own car; there's a bit of discussion on that subject a few pages back. I don't leave Hyde Park every week but that's not because I can't; I'm just kind of a homebody and my idea of hanging out with friends typically involves more chill activities. I know there are people here who are a lot more actively social than I am, so on that subject I think it's more based on who you are and what you're looking for.
The weather has never been a problem for me other than snowmelt being generally gross. When temperatures first dropped below 0 it was quite cold but I really think that issue is overblown. This might sound kind of terrifying from an outside context but after a couple months of winter now I don't even feel like 10 degrees is particularly uncomfortable anymore. It's all relative; if you've ever gone somewhere tropical and gone back to a temperate climate and felt like you were freezing in 70 degree weather you'll understand.