Two Dos, Two Don’ts: Ta Da

August 25th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Things To Do

The Personal Edition

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Last week we posted a more practical To Do List, with things like IDs and immunization forms. Hopefully we can intersperse those activities with some of the more enjoyable aspects of living in Chicago. Read below for ideas of how to spend the last couple of weeks of summer and hopefully relax a bit before we dive into Colloquium on the 14th!

1. Read about Chicago! This is a great time to find out about events here and to pick a news source for the year. Check out Chicago Reader, Time Out Chicago, or New City. There are also the long-standing Chicago newspapers, The Tribune and Sun-Times.

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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: A Guide to the North Side

August 4th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

As lovely as Hyde Park is, it’s useful and fun to get out into other Chicago neighborhoods throughout the year. We recommend trying a few during the summer after you move out here to see where your home-away-from-home in Chicago might be! To get you started, the office staff has thrown together a starter guide about a few of our favorite neighborhoods around town…

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What To Do With Your Parents This Weekend

June 9th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

This way to Convocation! (says Gorey)

This way to Convocation! (says Gorey)

Okay, so, you already know where to eat. You know what to do Friday afternoon (the MAPH Family & Friends reception!) and Saturday (graduate!). But, as someone who has spent the last 9 months sequestered in some kind of library, you may not be entirely sure how to fill up the rest of the weekend.

Don’t worry. You have many options. Here are some ideas to get you started:

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Ulysses 101

May 29th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

[The following is a guest post from Ariella Phillips, current MAPHer and dramaturg for the production of Ulysses about to be mounted in Classics 110. Check it out! - the MAPH team]

treat-yo-selfDear MAPHers, it’s time to treat yo’selves.

Spring has sprung. It is the season for iced coffees and adventuring outside. The thesis cloud over our heads the past two quarters has lifted and the Prom is around the corner. In sum, we are almost finished with our astonishingly brief year here at the University of Chicago.

So with all that newfound relief and celebration, I cordially extend an invitation to come see a new adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses by the Whiskey Rebellion Theatre Company! Meant for Bloomites and the uninitiated of Joyce’s behemoth of a masterwork alike, the play creates the world of June 16, 1904 Dublin in a UChicago classroom. Ulysses 101 was adapted and directed by a pair of U Chicago graduates that understand that a quarter here at U Chicago is not just ten weeks of classes, it’s a journey of Homeric proportions.  We may be exhausted, and anywhere on the spectrum of mildly stressed to in a white knuckled panic about the approaching booting us out of our ivory tower into “the real world.” But as Buck Mulligan might say, it is all fine and good to live the life of the mind, but let’s give up the moody brooding! Let’s celebrate! Let’s laugh! Let’s make poop jokes! Let’s enjoy a story about the small, dirty truths of being human.

Hope to see you all there!

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Meet Your Staff

July 24th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

the MAPH office

the MAPH office

In addition to the mentors (who you met last time), there are two main denizens who haunt the MAPH office and will be there to answer your questions and help get you through the year.

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What to Do When You’re Done

May 21st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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This is it—you’re in the final stretch! Your thesis is due on Friday. To some of you I know that still sounds like a death sentence. You don’t feel ready at all to give up working on this thing that has been such a huge part of your life for the past months. It isn’t ready! This past weekend you thought of something that should really be an entire section of your thesis, but at this point you only have time to shoehorn it in the last few sentences, or just ignore it. You can think of about seventeen ways in which it could be so much better. Well guess what. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, because my preceptor said it to me—when it comes to the thesis, done is better than good. Perfect is the enemy of the great. Or, as my mother would tell me, it is time to put your thesis in a lockbox and send it to Jesus. Take your pick, I have lots of folksy advice for you guys.  » Read the rest of this entry «

Free or Cheap Summer Activities in Chicago

June 7th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

It is somehow always the case that one can have time or money but never both at the same time. So now that you do not have to read 1000 pages every week what are you going to do in Chicago that doesn’t cost much money? Well the lakefront, the parks and biking are all great options, but below are a few more you might have missed.

Museum free days

Most of the museums in Chicago have free or discounted days or offer student discounts

You can still use your Artspass, check the link for the discounts and partner institutions.

The Museum of Science and Industry is free for Illinois residents on June  7, 8, 11.

Field Museum check back here for discount days. They list them throughout the summer.

Adler Planetarium has discount days on June 7th and 8th perfect if your family is arriving early for convocation.

The Shedd Aquarium has Illinois resident discount days on  June 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.  If you bank with Bank of America you get discounts on July 7-8 and Aug. 4-5 by showing your bank card.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is $7 with your Student ID.

While you are in that neighborhood you could visit the City Gallery at the Water Tower which is always free.

The Chicago Cultural Center has free exhibits, concerts and gallery talks all year round.

Students get into the Art Institute of Chicago for $12 any day and the first and second Wednesday of every month are free for Illinois residents.

On Navy Pier there is actually a free Stained Glass Museum which has great works and is not as populated as the rest of the pier.  You could stay for the free fireworks if you are braving a day on the tourist-y pier.

Also did you know that if you have a Chicago Public Library card you can check out museum passes from any branch?  Just make sure you get to the library early. The passes go quickly. The library also has lectures, readings and performances so check their calendar.

Outdoor events after the jump . . .

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Chicago Theater Guide (now with more theaters)

September 30th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Okay so you’ve all survived your first week and you have six novels , two film screenings and Hegel to read over the weekend and MAPH Central keeps telling you to leave Hyde Park.  So if you don’t think you can squeeze in a play on this dreary rain-filled weekend save this post for some future night when you have an evening free and are wondering what you can do for $10.  Some of you are in an arts reviewing class so seeing performances is homework.

Chicago is a fantastic theater town.  There are many big theaters but there are also great small theaters performing in church basements and storefronts. There are performances where you could reach out and touch the actors (although the actors won’t like that). There are roughly 300 theaters producing work for almost every taste.  Most of them are listed at the League of Chicago Theatres website.

Theater Seats

However, the League won’t group them by style of theater and give you tips for seeing things cheaply. My updated guide to Chicago theaters and tips for seeing theater on the cheap is after the jump.

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Free (or cheap) Autumn Entertainment

August 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

So it seemed like it was time to update the blog with a new batch of free or cheap ways to entertain yourself as a graduate student.  Courses haven’t started so there is no excuse for not trying out a few of these options before you are drowning in reading.

First for incoming students it is great to know that your University of Chicago ID serves as your arts pass to get you in free or discounted to many area museums and theaters.

The Chicago Cultural Center

Ceiling at the Chicago Cultural Center

Festivals and Lectures

There will be many fantastic lectures on campus. However, the Chicago Humanities Festival hosts events all over the city in October and November. Most of them free or very cheap for students there is no excuse not to go see Steven Sondheim, Laurie Anderson or Jonathan Franzen speak.

Many Chicago street festivals are still happening in September and October.

Check out the Renegade Craft Fair September 10-11, Oktoberfest, September 23-24 or the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, September 24-25. A full list is here. Don’t miss free concerts in Millenium Park or Grant Park.

Theater

Discounted theater tickets are available the week of performances at hottix It is always worth asking for a student rate or checking your arts pass discount at most theaters.

Be sure to check out my guide to Chicago theaters here.  There are over 200 small theaters in Chicago covering ever style, taste and price range, many small companies still have industry nights, or pay-what-you-can nights.

More free things after the jump . . .

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Winter Breaks

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

So you are finally done with all your papers and want a cheap way to reward yourself before heading home, or you planned your winter travel badly and have a week to kill before you go home. Either way, it is a great opportunity to bundle up and see some of Chicago’s winter sights.

Ice skating

Ice Skating in Millennium Park

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