More to Do Off Campus

August 31st, 2017

Visitors take in the Millenium Park concert shell in Chicago, Illinois. (Claude Peck/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

There’s not an abundant amount of time left before we start experiencing freezing weather. Therefore, there’s a lot to be done. Chicago offers so much for you and your friends to take advantage of off campus.

When stress is thicker than a ribeye steak, take yourself to Chicago’s lake front. The trail is eighteen miles long and offers a stunning view of the city’s skyline.
The trail runs along Lake Michigan and can easily be input into your phone’s GPS when entering “Chicago Lakefront Trail”. Feel free to walk, run, jog, skateboard, or bike until you clear your mind and feel at ease.

A new school year can be so demanding, but be sure to make time for yourself. Another one of Chicago’s beauties is Maggie Daley Park located on 337 East Randolph St. The park offers a playground, rock climbing, miniature golf, large open grass area, and a ton more to explore.

It’s great place to sit back and talk to friends while getting some fresh air. Lay in the open grass to finish that paper you’ve been stumbling on.
Just don’t hide in your stuffy room all day. This park is easily accessible using the CTA.

For anyone with a sweet tooth, it is mandatory that you check out Sugar Shack. It is located on 630 W 26th St, Bridgeport, Chicago. The cute little shack offers a tons of treats like: funnel cake fingers, orange creamsicle, and ice cream avalanche.

The yummy menu offers all their desserts at an affordable, realistic price. Just remember: this stand is cash only! Less than ten minutes away from Sugar Shack you can find Chinatown!

The main plaza known as Chinatown Square  is located right on the intersection of Archer and Cermak, 2133 S China Pl.  It is crowded with small markets that take you out of this world. Each store sells a wide range of knick nats, herbs, clothing, and more.

You will also be surrounded by authentic Chinese restaurants that range from quick serve to the dine in experience. Facebook’s famous trending Thai Rolled Ice Cream is located right here in Chinatown’s Legend Tasty House.The plaza was built in 1993 with its design influenced by traditional Chinese imperial court.

The flood of culture that consumes the individual is more than rewarding. There’s more to millennium park than the big bean. Over the last few years the park has incorporated more fest and cultural events than ever before.

The park has organized a calendar that offers a variety of activities to do nearly all day everyday. The best part is these events are free admission and you’re allowed to bring food into the park.

You can begin your day with morning yoga and end it watching a movie in the park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion on a jumbo 40 foot screen. Even after the summer fades the park host a ton of winter related affairs such as ice skating. Sunday, September 10th, the park will be hosting Chicago Summer Dance.

It’s a festive event that opens the Spirit of Music Garden into dance area that have invited a combination of forty eight DJs and live bands. Start making memories.

Susan Huerta
Features Reporter

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