Good experience for me.
Seemed like a great place to study the law. Sat in on Nussbaum's class (tickled my inner-philosophy nerd) and chatted with Leiter during the wine mess. The open-door policy and the apparent (I have my reservations about this) camaraderie between students and profs was the exact opposite of the what-can-you-do-for-me ambiance of my UG. Students were forthright in telling me how competitive studying could be, but at the same time stated that treating classed like a 9-5 job usually sufficed. I got an identical answer from students at Columbia and NYU. Read into that however you like.
Loved the city. My host lived downtown, two blocks away from both the river and the lake. An awesome place to live, and apparently a popular choice for a large chunk of 2L and 3Ls. This also allowed me to stick around after the semi-awk bar night at the Cubby Bear and do some bar-hopping with current students and a few admits, which was a lot more fun.
Walked around the city on Saturday and enjoyed it overall, even that weird metallic bean. Pretty sure it's deathly cold most of the year, but at least I enjoyed walking around when it was warm.
Oh, and I agree that for some reason the girls were cuter in Chicago than in Col/NYU (hehe Swimbrad, we probably talked about this in person a few times, unless I'm totally wrong about who you are).
Definitely a share of nerdy folks among the students/admits, but I can play that game too
. Not a bad thing since "coolness" is sorely overrated (just be yourself, damnit!)
Overall, a surprisingly good visit that will force me to really consider attending.