As a graduate of the School of Education, I can vouch that DePaul has a solid reputation and a degree from them is looked upon very favorably. The campus is warm and inviting, with a wonderful library and accessible buildings. The dorms are nothing beyond average, but the professors are highly respected and offer an exceptional curriculum.
Although they've remodeled and included state-of-the-art equipment, they are no competition for the bigger and better alleys located nearby. Long ago they used to have a mini-golf attached to the alley, but now there's nothing to make it truly stand out from the others. Located on a highly industrialized part of 183rd, it's not very convenient or in the best location.
Out-of-towners and locals alike should visit Navy Pier if they haven't yet! There is so much to do, you can't experience it all in 2 or even 3 visits. In warmer weather, there is a lot of free entertainment. Jugglers, magicians, musicians, children's theater and more. The children's museum is a great place for kids from toddler to grade school, and there are biker rentals, boat tours, a fun house, IMAX theatre, great restaurants, a food court, gift shops, a bookstore...No one will walk away bored. It can get pricey.. There are also some rides, including the magnificent ferris wheel that overlooks the lake and can be seen lit up from Lake Shore Drive year-round.
The Shedd is such a neat aquarium to visit either alone or with family. They've recently made some great improvements to the layout and the exhibits. Kids wildl get a kick out of watching the diver enter the cylindrical tank in the center of the foyer for scheduled feedings, and the dolphin show is a must! It's also located on the spectacular lakefront, and in warmer weather it's nice to mingle outside on the grounds.
The Daily Southtown is an excellent and comprehensive source of local news. They showcase a lot of local individuals and groups, and cover many community events. It's a good place to look to find things to do around town on the weekends, and also a good source of what is going on in my area of the suburbs.
This is quite possibly the worst outdoor venue in the country. After years of complaints from nearby residents regarding the sound, they've adjusted the speaker levels ridiculously low. If you're in the lawn, good luck hearing the performers. The pavilion was poorly designed as well, leaving many partially-obstructed views as a result. Drinks can run upwards of $9, and the food is old and stale. One good point is that there is no charge for parking.
This is an excellent venue for a wedding or company function. It has a spectacular ambience, with a magnificent chandelier adorning the center of the ceiling. The view to outside is lovely at practically any time of year. Only con is I think the food could be better.
I've been a reader and subscriber to the Tribune for years now, and I'm very pleased with the content and delivery service. There was a brief period in which delivery was problematic, but the matter was quickly resolved to my satisfaction. The paper offers a free *advantage* program to subscribers, and you can conveniently report a missed paper or request a vacation hold online.
I come from a city known for good museums (Chicago), and I was quite impressed with this one. There was so much to see, and even a second visit was as enjoyable as the first. The nice thing about DC museums is the free admission, and the exhibits are very well-maintained and displayed. The gift shops also did not seem overpriced and were filled with quality merchandise. This is a museum children will enjoy as well.
Tucked in the recesses of a strip mall, it's not a highly visible location. However, it's a great place for buying bulk snacks. I like to get treats for my kids and nephews here, and also been generous in the community, which I find a plus for a business (all the more reason to patronize). With the holidays coming, it will be a great place to buy gifts and party snacks.