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Postby crumpetsandtea » Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:47 pm

Eugenie Danglars wrote:Why am I not surprised that a) you started this thread and b) that it's beautiful?

:oops: :mrgreen: a) because i'm nerdy and <3 NU? b) because NU and NU applicants are naturally bootiful people :3

I CANT WAIT TO VISIT CHI AGAIN!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Postby franklyscarlet » Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:56 pm

Interviewing 3 weeks from Friday!!!!! Also, freaking out about the LSAT. Also back to teaching.What is my life?

The weekend I could actually GTFO of Texas happened to be my birthday weekend so I get to interview the day before my birthday!! Post interview much Chicago fun has been planned. Hot Damn am I excited. Anyone else interviewing in September?

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Postby Strange » Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:08 pm

franklyscarlet wrote:Interviewing 3 weeks from Friday!!!!! Also, freaking out about the LSAT. Also back to teaching.What is my life?

The weekend I could actually GTFO of Texas happened to be my birthday weekend so I get to interview the day before my birthday!! Post interview much Chicago fun has been planned. Hot Damn am I excited. Anyone else interviewing in September?


I'm about to buy my tickets for mid-October. Where is everyone planning to stay that's cheap?

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Postby JamMasterJ » Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:15 pm

franklyscarlet wrote:Interviewing 3 weeks from Friday!!!!! Also, freaking out about the LSAT. Also back to teaching.What is my life?

The weekend I could actually GTFO of Texas happened to be my birthday weekend so I get to interview the day before my birthday!! Post interview much Chicago fun has been planned. Hot Damn am I excited. Anyone else interviewing in September?

I think I'm doing either Oct 6 or whenever my fiance has spring break

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Postby franklyscarlet » Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:25 pm

Strange wrote:
franklyscarlet wrote:Interviewing 3 weeks from Friday!!!!! Also, freaking out about the LSAT. Also back to teaching.What is my life?

The weekend I could actually GTFO of Texas happened to be my birthday weekend so I get to interview the day before my birthday!! Post interview much Chicago fun has been planned. Hot Damn am I excited. Anyone else interviewing in September?


I'm about to buy my tickets for mid-October. Where is everyone planning to stay that's cheap?


With a TLSer. Internet friends FTW.

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Postby JamMasterJ » Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:25 pm

franklyscarlet wrote:
Strange wrote:
franklyscarlet wrote:Interviewing 3 weeks from Friday!!!!! Also, freaking out about the LSAT. Also back to teaching.What is my life?

The weekend I could actually GTFO of Texas happened to be my birthday weekend so I get to interview the day before my birthday!! Post interview much Chicago fun has been planned. Hot Damn am I excited. Anyone else interviewing in September?


I'm about to buy my tickets for mid-October. Where is everyone planning to stay that's cheap?


With a TLSer. Internet friends FTW.

unless I go with my parents, I'll probably stay with one too

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Postby Bildungsroman » Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:27 pm

franklyscarlet wrote:
Strange wrote:
franklyscarlet wrote:Interviewing 3 weeks from Friday!!!!! Also, freaking out about the LSAT. Also back to teaching.What is my life?

The weekend I could actually GTFO of Texas happened to be my birthday weekend so I get to interview the day before my birthday!! Post interview much Chicago fun has been planned. Hot Damn am I excited. Anyone else interviewing in September?


I'm about to buy my tickets for mid-October. Where is everyone planning to stay that's cheap?


With a TLSer. Internet friends FTW.

Don't worry, I replaced my Power Rangers sheets and febreezed everything, so you're cleared for entry.

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Re: NU Applicants '11-'12 (ITT: We post pictures of Chi food)

Postby JamMasterJ » Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:28 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:
franklyscarlet wrote:
Strange wrote:
franklyscarlet wrote:Interviewing 3 weeks from Friday!!!!! Also, freaking out about the LSAT. Also back to teaching.What is my life?

The weekend I could actually GTFO of Texas happened to be my birthday weekend so I get to interview the day before my birthday!! Post interview much Chicago fun has been planned. Hot Damn am I excited. Anyone else interviewing in September?


I'm about to buy my tickets for mid-October. Where is everyone planning to stay that's cheap?


With a TLSer. Internet friends FTW.

Don't worry, I replaced my Power Rangers sheets and febreezed everything, so you're cleared for entry.

wtf Bils?

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Postby Bildungsroman » Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:30 pm

JamMasterJ wrote:
Bildungsroman wrote:Don't worry, I replaced my Power Rangers sheets and febreezed everything, so you're cleared for entry.

wtf Bils?

Into my lair place of residence.

Edit: Damn, thought this was NH. Sorry for derailing, on-topic people.

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Postby Samara » Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:15 pm

franklyscarlet wrote:Interviewing 3 weeks from Friday!!!!! Also, freaking out about the LSAT. Also back to teaching.What is my life?

The weekend I could actually GTFO of Texas happened to be my birthday weekend so I get to interview the day before my birthday!! Post interview much Chicago fun has been planned. Hot Damn am I excited. Anyone else interviewing in September?

I'm a Sept interviewee too (next week :shock: ) but I live in the Chicago area so it'll be just another weekend for me.

For those who are curious about staying in Chicago cheaply, I know a couple people who have had good experiences with hostels here. I think this is the one my friend stayed at: http://www.hichicago.org/

This one also looks like a solid bet: http://www.getawayhostel.com/

Both have good reviews online, FWIW.

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Postby Samara » Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:22 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
No13baby wrote:3. For those concerned about airfare for campus visits/interviews, consider flying Southwest Airlines into Midway Airport instead of going through O'Hare - they're about equidistant from downtown, and Midway is much smaller, more manageable, and less likely to lose your luggage/be delayed.
I've only visited once, so take my advice for what it's worth, but Southwest from Portland to Midway was the same price (too much) as the other airlines into O'Hare when I booked. All other things being equal, I fly Alaskan because they have the best snacks. :P

And O'Hare was really not bad at all in terms of getting around/finding stuff. I was expecting a total clusterfuck like JFK, but it was just a regular airport.

I paid $40 for a taxi from the airport because I have not yet tried out the El (only the buses), but next time I may brave it. There's one train change between O'Hare and Streeterville.

The L is super easy and a lot simpler than the NYC subway system. Going from O'Hare to Streeterville is a little trickier because you have to either transfer to a bus or get from the Blue Line to the Red Line via surface streets, but it's just one block and you'll pass Garrett Popcorn, so there's that.

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Postby Bildungsroman » Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:34 pm

Samara wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:
No13baby wrote:3. For those concerned about airfare for campus visits/interviews, consider flying Southwest Airlines into Midway Airport instead of going through O'Hare - they're about equidistant from downtown, and Midway is much smaller, more manageable, and less likely to lose your luggage/be delayed.
I've only visited once, so take my advice for what it's worth, but Southwest from Portland to Midway was the same price (too much) as the other airlines into O'Hare when I booked. All other things being equal, I fly Alaskan because they have the best snacks. :P

And O'Hare was really not bad at all in terms of getting around/finding stuff. I was expecting a total clusterfuck like JFK, but it was just a regular airport.

I paid $40 for a taxi from the airport because I have not yet tried out the El (only the buses), but next time I may brave it. There's one train change between O'Hare and Streeterville.

The L is super easy and a lot simpler than the NYC subway system. Going from O'Hare to Streeterville is a little trickier because you have to either transfer to a bus or get from the Blue Line to the Red Line via surface streets, but it's just one block and you'll pass Garrett Popcorn, so there's that.

I definitely recommend the blue line and red line route (bus isn't bad too, but if you have luggage I prefer to stick to the train since there's more room for bags). It won't be a fast trip, but beats laying down $40 on a taxi.

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Postby tmon » Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:34 pm

Samara wrote:Garrett Popcorn

Overhyped but so, so delicious. Get the Chicago Mix.

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Postby franklyscarlet » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:25 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:
franklyscarlet wrote:
Strange wrote:
franklyscarlet wrote:Interviewing 3 weeks from Friday!!!!! Also, freaking out about the LSAT. Also back to teaching.What is my life?

The weekend I could actually GTFO of Texas happened to be my birthday weekend so I get to interview the day before my birthday!! Post interview much Chicago fun has been planned. Hot Damn am I excited. Anyone else interviewing in September?


I'm about to buy my tickets for mid-October. Where is everyone planning to stay that's cheap?


With a TLSer. Internet friends FTW.

Don't worry, I replaced my Power Rangers sheets and febreezed everything, so you're cleared for entry.


:shock: :arrow: :?: :arrow: :idea: :arrow: :wink:

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Postby Eugenie Danglars » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:21 pm

tmon wrote:
Samara wrote:Garrett Popcorn

Overhyped but so, so delicious. Get the Chicago Mix.


The Chicago mix is bizarre. :/

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Postby Tiago Splitter » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:35 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:I definitely recommend the blue line and red line route (bus isn't bad too, but if you have luggage I prefer to stick to the train since there's more room for bags). It won't be a fast trip, but beats laying down $40 on a taxi.


I was in Chicago last week and was too lazy to figure out the train system, but the cost of cabs is credited. Costs two people $4.25 just to sit down in one and that meter moves ever so quickly. Cab fare ended up being the biggest expense.

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Postby tmon » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:45 pm

Eugenie Danglars wrote:
tmon wrote:
Samara wrote:Garrett Popcorn

Overhyped but so, so delicious. Get the Chicago Mix.


The Chicago mix is bizarre. :/

I thought so too until I tried it. Somehow, it just works...

Tiago Splitter wrote:
Bildungsroman wrote:I definitely recommend the blue line and red line route (bus isn't bad too, but if you have luggage I prefer to stick to the train since there's more room for bags). It won't be a fast trip, but beats laying down $40 on a taxi.


I was in Chicago last week and was too lazy to figure out the train system, but the cost of cabs is credited. Costs two people $4.25 just to sit down in one and that meter moves ever so quickly. Cab fare ended up being the biggest expense.

Yeah, I highly recommend that anyone coming into town figure out the public transit system. It's not all that complicated. Google maps has a very useful public transit feature that should take care of getting you to and from places. The per person/per mile/gas surcharge/etc costs are just absurd for cabs.

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Postby descartesb4thehorse » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:57 pm

Samara wrote:The L is super easy and a lot simpler than the NYC subway system. Going from O'Hare to Streeterville is a little trickier because you have to either transfer to a bus or get from the Blue Line to the Red Line via surface streets, but it's just one block and you'll pass Garrett Popcorn, so there's that.


Legit curious since i haven't been back in the city since January, but the bolded is bullshit, right? You take the blue to Jackson, cross the underground tunnel that is marked very well, and then take the red to grand or chicago.

Bro who was talking about Hopleaf last page: you just gotta go with the WASPiest people you know. Map Room is credited as second fiddle though.

Why is Ann Arbor so far from Chicago? So upsetting.

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Postby tmon » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:15 pm

descartesb4thehorse wrote:
Samara wrote:The L is super easy and a lot simpler than the NYC subway system. Going from O'Hare to Streeterville is a little trickier because you have to either transfer to a bus or get from the Blue Line to the Red Line via surface streets, but it's just one block and you'll pass Garrett Popcorn, so there's that.


Legit curious since i haven't been back in the city since January, but the bolded is bullshit, right? You take the blue to Jackson, cross the underground tunnel that is marked very well, and then take the red to grand or chicago.

It kind of depends on where you're going, but can do any of those options really with pros/cons. If you do the Jackson tunnel thing you don't have to pay the extra fare and it's less complicated. Or if you're coming from O'hare and going north you could get off at Clark/Lake and walk over to State/Lake, which is a good three stops north of Jackson. If you're going south of Jackson then definitely tunnel it.
And then if you're going far enough north and coming from O'Hare it actually pays to take the blue line then the bus east. But that's only for those of us going directly east of the airport.

tl;dr Yeah, I'd tell any out of towner to just transfer at Jackson, assuming time isn't a huge factor.

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Postby descartesb4thehorse » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:20 pm

tmon wrote:
descartesb4thehorse wrote:
Samara wrote:The L is super easy and a lot simpler than the NYC subway system. Going from O'Hare to Streeterville is a little trickier because you have to either transfer to a bus or get from the Blue Line to the Red Line via surface streets, but it's just one block and you'll pass Garrett Popcorn, so there's that.


Legit curious since i haven't been back in the city since January, but the bolded is bullshit, right? You take the blue to Jackson, cross the underground tunnel that is marked very well, and then take the red to grand or chicago.

It kind of depends on where you're going, but can do any of those options really with pros/cons. If you do the Jackson tunnel thing you don't have to pay the extra fare and it's less complicated. Or if you're coming from O'hare and going north you could get off at Clark/Lake and walk over to State/Lake, which is a good three stops north of Jackson. If you're going south of Jackson then definitely tunnel it.
And then if you're going far enough north and coming from O'Hare it actually pays to take the blue line then the bus east. But that's only for those of us going directly east of the airport.

tl;dr Yeah, I'd tell any out of towner to just transfer at Jackson, assuming time isn't a huge factor.


Word. See what you're saying now. I mainly took the blue line to Hyde Park, so it was blue-transfer to red at Jackson-55 from Garfield to HP.

You don't really have to pay the extra fare though, your transit card should be able to keep track of where you got on and realize that it was a transfer.

tl;dr tmon and I work as freelance CTA travel agents for everyone's trip to Chicago ITT.

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Postby tmon » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:27 pm

descartesb4thehorse wrote:Word. See what you're saying now. I mainly took the blue line to Hyde Park, so it was blue-transfer to red at Jackson-55 from Garfield to HP.

You don't really have to pay the extra fare though, your transit card should be able to keep track of where you got on and realize that it was a transfer.

tl;dr tmon and I work as freelance CTA travel agents for everyone's trip to Chicago ITT.

Oh good call on the transfer fare. I always forget about that because I used to get 30 day passes from work each month and didn't even think about what the actual cost would be.

Speaking of which, if you're in town for like 3 days and plan to use the trains or busses a lot they sell 3 day passes for I think <$15. You'd have to take like 7 train rides to make it worth it, but it's nice to not worry about how much is on your card too if you don't carry much cash.

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Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:30 pm

tmon wrote:
descartesb4thehorse wrote:Word. See what you're saying now. I mainly took the blue line to Hyde Park, so it was blue-transfer to red at Jackson-55 from Garfield to HP.

You don't really have to pay the extra fare though, your transit card should be able to keep track of where you got on and realize that it was a transfer.

tl;dr tmon and I work as freelance CTA travel agents for everyone's trip to Chicago ITT.

Oh good call on the transfer fare. I always forget about that because I used to get 30 day passes from work each month and didn't even think about what the actual cost would be.

Speaking of which, if you're in town for like 3 days and plan to use the trains or busses a lot they sell 3 day passes for I think <$15. You'd have to take like 7 train rides to make it worth it, but it's nice to not worry about how much is on your card too if you don't carry much cash.

I wish I'd known how/where to get a 3-day pass when I was there for ASW. I rode buses a bunch (Science museum and Oriental Institute because I'm a geek, plus Millenium Park and the old library building), but I had to pay the $2 fare again every time I transferred. Bogus.

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Postby tmon » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:38 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
tmon wrote:
descartesb4thehorse wrote:Word. See what you're saying now. I mainly took the blue line to Hyde Park, so it was blue-transfer to red at Jackson-55 from Garfield to HP.

You don't really have to pay the extra fare though, your transit card should be able to keep track of where you got on and realize that it was a transfer.

tl;dr tmon and I work as freelance CTA travel agents for everyone's trip to Chicago ITT.

Oh good call on the transfer fare. I always forget about that because I used to get 30 day passes from work each month and didn't even think about what the actual cost would be.

Speaking of which, if you're in town for like 3 days and plan to use the trains or busses a lot they sell 3 day passes for I think <$15. You'd have to take like 7 train rides to make it worth it, but it's nice to not worry about how much is on your card too if you don't carry much cash.

I wish I'd known how/where to get a 3-day pass when I was there for ASW. I rode buses a bunch (Science museum and Oriental Institute because I'm a geek, plus Millenium Park and the old library building), but I had to pay the $2 fare again every time I transferred. Bogus.

For future visitors :)

I've heard good things about the Oriental museum but haven't been yet. Museum of Science and Industry is legit though. Kind of out of the way and starting to feel dated in spots, but a great place to spend a chunk of your day.

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Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:48 pm

tmon wrote:I've heard good things about the Oriental museum but haven't been yet. Museum of Science and Industry is legit though. Kind of out of the way and starting to feel dated in spots, but a great place to spend a chunk of your day.
If you like Egyptian/Persian/Nubian antiquities, the Oriental Institute is great. Like most of the "important" collections (the Met, the British Museum, the Berlin Museum, etc), the items were accumulated before the excavation laws kept all the good stuff in the country it came from. The collection leans more toward wall reliefs (my favorite anyway) than mummies, but also has some really nice pieces of sculpture. And admission is free.

I kind of rushed through the Science museum, but I saw the two things I really wanted to see: the U-boat tour and the big dollhouse. I have no idea why a dollhouse is "science and industry," but it's freaking amazing. I got in free there too, with my membership to another sci/ind museum. I'll definitely need to spend a longer day there. And also see the Fields Museum.

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Postby sea15 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:51 pm

So I obsess a bit over hypothetical situations, but this is really cool:

http://www.transitchicago.com/upass/

If I'm reading this correctly, Northwestern law students get a u-pass, which lets you ride the train and bus all semester for free. I was already worrying about commuting costs to the school I'm not sure if I'll attend or be admitted to or know where I would live if admitted and attended.




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