Chicago Theatre Recommendations

September 3rd, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Chicago is a fantastic theater town.  There are many big theaters, but there are great small theaters performing in church basements and storefronts. This is where real Chicago theater lives- in the performances where you could reach out and touch the actors. There are over 200 theaters producing great innovative work for almost every taste.  Most of them are listed at the League of Chicago Theatres.

Here is my basic quick guide to Chicago theaters and tips for seeing theater on the cheap.

Reviews appear in the Sun TimesTribuneChicago Reader and TimeOut ChicagoTimeout even has their “17 theatre shows to see this fall” article for some quick recommendations.

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MAPH Meet Ups

September 2nd, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Hey Guys,

Here is a list of some upcoming events, where you can meet other incoming MAPHers, see fun parts of the city, and take a break from unpacking boxes. There will be plenty of other events over the next month (orientation panels, Core lectures, etc.), but these are some of the more fun, social events that we have planned. Keep an eye on the blog for more on upcoming events soon!

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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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To Dos, To Don’ts: Ta Da

August 21st, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Things to Do Before MAPH:

The Practical Edition

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It probably feels like there is a lot to do before MAPH starts. And, well, that is accurate. But, it is no reason to be overwhelmed or not to enjoy the end of the summer! We have created two lists, this first one is more practically-minded. (The second will be posted in a few days) Below are some things we suggest you do before Colloquium begins.

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Preceptor (n.)—One who precepts?

August 18th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

As a MAPH student, you will quickly learn to speak a highly specialized jargon specific to UChicago.

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This does not exist, but wouldn’t it be useful?

You’ll learn to navigate the “Quarter system.” You’ll have “analytic expositions” to write for “Core” while you study in “The Reg.” And you’ll visit “MAPH Central” to say hello to “the mentors” and get “free coffee.” (Rest assured, the coffee is actually free.)

You’ll learn one of these specialized terms very soon when you get an introductory email from your “Preceptor,” who will be one of the most important figures during your MAPH experience. Here’s quick explanation of who this mysterious person is and why they will be so helpful to you as you complete your MA…

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Hyde Park Arts Tour

August 14th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Though a recent post encouraged you to go explore other neighborhoods of Chicago, we also hope you’ll take time this fall to enjoy all that Hyde Park has to offer. So, for this post, we’ve created a tour for the museum-lover in you, all in HP. (Though please don’t feel any need to go in order or to do these all in one day)

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-Start at the Museum of Science and Industry, an incredible building from the 1893 World’s Fair, and it is right next to the lake and Jackson Park, also a remnant of the World’s Fair. I have never actually gone inside, thought tickets aren’t bad- $18. I’ve just always enjoyed it enough from the exterior on my way to the Osaka Gardens.

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A Colloquium Primer

August 12th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Hey Guys! It is almost exactly a month until the MAPH year begins, and we in the office are incredibly excited about it! We will continue to send you emails about meet-ups and a couple of events before Colloquium begins. But for you convenience/peace of mind/proof that this is really happening, below is a brief description of Colloquium. This is just to give you an idea of what these two weeks will look like. But please email us (lbryan@uchicago.edu and matthewcstone@uchicago.edu) if you have any questions or definitely pop into the office (Classics 117) whenever you arrive. » Read the rest of this entry «

Chicagoland of the Free

August 6th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

In a past post we covered Chicago Transit- here is another chance to put it to use, with  free or inexpensive summer activities here in Chicago. Go forth and explore without breaking the bank!

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Botanical Garden’s Employee of the Month

Museums:

Chicago Botanic Garden:

Admission to the garden is free daily, though parking costs $25 dollars. So it is completely free if you bike. They also host concerts and other evening events. » Read the rest of this entry «

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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Making the Move

July 28th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Many of you either have moved, are moving, or will move. You have may have found your own apartment or are living in Graduate Housing through University of Chicago. I lived in a studio through Grad Housing and I really enjoyed it- I loved the building manaBlerg-30-rock-1152868_625_350ger, had a really nice view, and it was my first time living alone so I basked in knowing that I could leave dishes in the sink guilt-free. Matt also rented an apartment in Hyde Park, through Parker-Holsman, that he found on Marketplace’s apartment page while visiting the area.

Moving for MAPH can feel a bit weird, because it is very temporary and, consequently, you have little time to make the space your own. But if you take some time to unpack and settle before Fall Quarter gets going, you’ll have a much needed sanctuary for what is often a busy and stressful year.

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