Author Archives: Alicia Bleuer

Local Excursions: A Mini-Guide to Free and Cheap Fun in Chicago

I know a lot of you are new to Chicago and hopefully you’re finding your way around and enjoying yourselves so far. Now that Core has started, and with the quarter less than two weeks away, I’m sure you’re picking up on the fact that your free time is about to significantly diminish. Nonetheless, I wanted to let everyone know about some of the stuff Chicago has to offer for free and cheap throughout the month. As you might have noticed, this city spends a lot of money on entertainment so that broke grad students don’t have to.

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Administratively Yours: A Pre-Quarter Checklist

Welcome to your MAPH year! As you all know, Core starts for us two weeks before most of the rest of campus digs into the fall quarter and things get seriously busy in Hyde Park. I know Core keeps everyone busy, but you might want to try to use these two weeks on campus to get some of your administrative running around done. Here’s a checklist of some of the stuff MAPH and the U of C want you to take care of ASAP.

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Enjoy Your Sales Tax: Millennium Park Blockbuster Week

One of the things Chicago does very well is outdoor entertainment. Because there’s nothing fun to be done outside for so many weeks out of the year, the city goes into hyper-atonement mode in the summer, and Millennium Park is the final resting place for a lot of city funding. This includes Millennium Park Blockbuster Week, the Park’s end-of-summer big bang line-up of arts entertainment. Continue reading

Keeping up with the Court


The Court Theatre recently announced the launch of its first-ever rehearsal blog. Check out the inaugural post here and be sure to save this link so you can keep up with all of the underground goings on during the 2008-2009 season, which includes “Caroline, or Change,” “Radio MacBeth,” “The Wild Duck,” “Wait Until Dark,” and “The Piano Lesson.” For those of you new to the University, the Court is an nationally renown theatre, right in the middle of campus and the good people at the Court are very generous with student discounts. For more information on schedules, prices, and performances, check out the Theatre’s website here.