Chicago Regional Engagement

Chicago, and the surrounding area, is home to over 400 alums. Use the links below to connect with your local 鈥楥ats!

Regional Leaders

Have an idea for a program or event? Looking for a way to get involved? Want to get an update on what鈥檚 happening in the region? Contact your leaders below!

President

Marissa O鈥機onnell '11

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Young Alumni & Communications Chair

Osama Syed '19

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Vice President

Rand Hartsell '86

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Alumni Events Calendar

Learn about upcoming events to reconnect and network with members of the 桃瘾社区 community.


A Crowd-Sourced Guide to Chicago

Fast Facts

  • Chicago is home to the world鈥檚 only backwards-flowing river. In the largest public earth-moving project ever completed, in 1900 the Chicago River was engineered to flow backwards! This incredible achievement has a very practical purpose: to divert sewage away from Lake Michigan鈥檚 freshwater supply.
  • It may not be the tallest building in Chicago but the 82-storey Aqua is the tallest structure in the world to be designed by a woman, architect Jeanne Gang. According to the architect, its outstretched balconies reference the limestone outcrop features commonly found in the great lakes region 鈥 and serve the practical purpose of creating excellent views for residents!
  • You can thank Chicago for the brownie. Bertha Palmer, wife of millionaire hotelier Potter Palmer, cooked up the fudgy squares for the first time at , just in time for their debut at the 1893 World鈥檚 Columbian Exposition. And this is only one of .
  • The first televised presidential debate鈥搕hought to have helped John F. Kennedy to win the 1960 election over Richard Nixon鈥搘as broadcast from Chicago鈥檚 CBS Studios.

What We Wished We'd Known: Advice for Alumni New to the City

  • You probably don鈥檛 need a car unless you plan on traveling to the suburbs a lot. Public transportation is very convenient and clean. Many CTA fares require exact change. Get a Ventra card.
  • Wrigley Field is much more pleasant July - September.
  • Be prepared for any kind of weather鈥攍ike a snowstorm on Easter. There is no bad weather; just bad clothing. Buy a big coat and snow boots鈥攖hey are DEFINITELY worth the investment. Bring a change of shoes to the office.
  • Navy Pier is a tourist trap; be advised.
  • Shop Michigan Ave in the late morning.
  • Use Google maps when venturing down to lower Wacker. It鈥檚 a labyrinth down there.
  • Chicago deep dish and Chicago dogs are a must try.
  • Chicago has far more to it than just the Loop! Lincoln Park and Lakeview have excellent restaurants and bars with a great combo of city and neighborhood feel.
  • Stay safe, and always be aware of your surroundings. Learn the grid of the city, the main streets and their numbers. It鈥檚 easier to get around and know where places are.

Must-Do Activities in Chicago

  • Get outside: Visit and attend a free concert at . Bike the 18-mile long , or explore all the other . Go to . See . Visit the . Go to the in Glencoe. 
  • Enjoy being close to water: Take the . on the Chicago River. and then join a crew for races in the summer. Enjoy during the day and night. Enjoy the ! Take a .
  • Cheer on Chicago Sports: at Wrigley Field. at Guaranteed Rate Field. and at the United Center. and at Soldier Field. at Wintrust Arena. at SeatGeek Stadium. Play summer organized sports through the .
  • Soak up the art and history: Visit the . Visit . Go to . Attend the . Check out the . Visit the . See improv and sketch comedy at or . Check out the in Oak Park. See a Broadway show at the .
  • Experience the culture of the city: Attend . Eat everything on . Go around the city taking photos with a friend and enjoy whatever food/culture/sight is located there. Go to the . Eat as much as possible. Do a free brewery tour at or . Go to the , , and . Check out and .