Welcome prospective MAPH students! As you may already know, MAPH’s Campus Days is coming up on April 6th and 7th. This two-day introduction to the program is a great way to get a feel for what it’s like to be a MAPH student: you will have the chance to mingle with current MAPHs, meet Alumni, visit courses, and, as is MAPH tradition, eat lots of food while engaging in a series of intellectual conversations (often centered around the opening film screening and subsequent panel discussion).
For those of you who weren’t able to house with a MAPH student, whether because placements fill up quickly on a first-come, first-serve basis, or because you’d simply like a different housing experience, MAPH has compiled some suggestions for alternative housing for the 6th & 7th.
The most convienient and recommended hotel for visiting students is the Hyatt Place Chicago, the newest hotel in Hyde Park. MAPH has a block of rooms available to be reserved a discounted rate—please use the following link to ensure a lower price for a hotel room:
You can find additional hotels at discounted rates in Chicago through websites like Priceline.com and Hotels.com.
There is an International Hostel in downtown Chicago a short bus or train ride from Hyde Park that offers inexpensive rates for students. Many MAPH students have stayed at this hostel in the past and had positive, cost-effective experiences!
The IHSP Chicago Hostel in the Wicker Park neighborhood is another hostel option for visiting students, though it is farther away.
Couchsurfing.org offers a surprisingly legitimate way to stay somewhere for only a couple days. The major disadvantage is that you end up staying with someone you’ve never met before, but the advantages of having access to a full kitchen and staying in prime downtown (or near downtown) locations can make up for having a roommate for a couple nights.