Here at MAPHCentral, we are gearing up for Campus Days 2016 and are excited to meet everyone this weekend! You can find an outline of the schedule for Campus Days here and a more detailed schedule here.
If you get to Chicago before Campus Days or have some time here afterwards, or if you are a current student hosting someone and want to point out things to do and see, below are some suggested spots and activities!
Within Hyde Park
Although this weekend your focus will likely be on the University, Hyde Park as a whole has a lot to offer. To enjoy some time outside, we strongly recommend Promontory Point, the east end of 55th Street. Promontory Point provides one of the most beautiful views of the Chicago skyline and of Lake Michigan. If the weather is warm, we also recommend taking a stroll on the Lakeshore Path.
Hyde Park also has several bookstores worth browsing. We have the Seminary Co-op (which is also next to one of our favorite coffee shops, Plein Air Cafe), and its sister store, 57th Street Books. On 55th is an excellent selection of used books at Powell’s. (Also, there are often a couple of boxes of free books, of mixed quality, on the sidewalk outside Powell’s. Who doesn’t love free books?)
We are excited to see you all for Campus Days this weekend and have some excellent events planned for you all. But first, here is some advice for getting to Hyde Park and even exploring Chicago, if you have time. Below are our recommendations for transportation. Feel free to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions!
From the Airport:
O’Hare: The Blue Line runs straight from ORD to the Loop, where you can grab any other L train or the buses that go to Hyde Park (see below).
Midway: The 55 bus goes straight from Midway to Hyde Park. The 55th & Ellis stop is essentially on campus, but some of you might be staying farther east, as ask your host (or Google) which stop you should use. You can also jump on the Orange Line from Midway. This will take you to the Loop, where you can grab a train to another neighborhood if you are staying/hanging out outside of Hyde Park.
Hello again, admitted students! We are looking forward to your visit next weekend.
We know that navigating a new city can be a bit baffling, especially when you are only staying for a short time. Sure, Google Maps can be your best pal in that situation, but it doesn’t always show you all of the options. Below are some of our recommendations regarding transportation. Please feel free to reach out to ma-humanities[at]uchicago[dot]edu should you have any questions!
From the Airport
O’Hare: The Blue Line runs straight from ORD to the Loop, where you can grab any other L train or the buses that go to Hyde Park (see below). *UPDATE*: The Blue Line will not be running between the Damen and Western stops this weekend (10 pm Friday until 4 am Monday). There will be a free shuttle taking people between these stations, but this will affect travel time. It should not be a problem for anyone heading to the airport Monday evening.
Midway: The 55 bus goes straight from Midway to Hyde Park. The 55th & Ellis stop is essentially on campus, but some of you might be staying farther east, as ask your host (or Google) which stop you should use. You can also jump on the Orange Line from Midway. This will take you to the Loop, where you can grab a train to another neighborhood if you are staying/hanging out outside of Hyde Park. Continue reading →
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Bill Hutchison, MAPH ’12, who is a now a PhD candidate in English at the University of Chicago. Bill will be one of our alumni panelists at Campus Days this year.
Hello, potential MAPH students! I’m an alumnus of the program from 2012-2013, and worked in the program as a mentor the following year. Now I’m a first-year PhD student in the English department at University of Chicago. I want to get one thing out on the table between us before you read this, Potential MAPH Student. I want you to know where I’m coming from. I’m a big, big fan of the program. I’m neither apologist nor evangelist, but definitely a true proponent. If you want skepticism, seek elsewhere. Do MAPH right and it will change your life, or so say I.
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.
MAPHCentral would be remiss if we didn’t extend a warm web welcome to the newest crop of students. I’m sure many of you are just tickled to be heading to Hyde Park this weekend (and you should be…though rain is forecast for Monday, kick-off day on Sunday is slated to be the nicest day of the year so far). Congratulations to the prospective class of 2012, and we hope that you’ll be thinking seriously about joining us this Fall. Though for the time being, it’s nice to finally be entering the spring.
So now that you’re on the way to town, how can you make sure to get the best experience out of your 48-hour preview of the MA Humanities Program? Here are a few helpful reminders and tips
Ask questions of everyone. We’ll have panels of current students, alumni, and faculty. Staff and Preceptors will be milling around picking over the free food. Essentially, we’re all here to answer the questions that you are bringing–about academics, loans, social life, food, health, weather, Lacan, whatever. Just because you think that you’re coming to MAPH as a stepping-stone to PhD programs, don’t miss the chance to speak with alums about gap year plans and potential career changes. The number of students who expect to apply to PhD Programs after MAPH might not be as high as you think. We have alums all over the country and around the world doing things outside of the academy.
If you’re planning on applying to a PhD program after MAPH, try to attend a class. Get a feel for grad life at UChicago, and definitely make sure to speak to individuals who graduated the program and are either enrolled in (or will soon be enrolled in) PhD Programs.
Read up. AfterMAPH has been running various profiles and pieces on the resources available to alumni. Keep in mind that a big perk of this program is the tight-knit and growing community of MAPHers in places you might not expect.
Get to know each other. Arguably the most important aspect of MAPH during your time at the University of Chicago and afterward will be your comrades.
If you’re getting in on Saturday, do more than just explore Hyde Park. Being at UChicago means having proximity to what some MAPHCentral Staff think is the greatest city in the universe. If you’ve never been to “Chi Town” before, we suggest some of the basics: Millennium Park, The Art Institute, Pilsen, Wicker Park/Ukranian Village, and Wrigley. Chicago is a city of unique neighborhoods. There’s a ton to explore beyond campus.
Enjoy yourselves. This is a great preview of what is, for many of our students, an incredibly important and formative year–professionally, academically, and personally.
We’re excited to meet you! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any last minute questions.