Sure, we've found your classic, student-packed coffee shops, but if that's not your thing, no sweat. We've got options (lots of 'em!), so that you and your study style can find the right spot to cozy up with a good (okay, maybe not so good) book, and prep for any exam the profs can throw at you. If one of our options doesn't work out, move on to the next, until you've found a place where you can soak up the genius. Live and learn.
Photo: Via The Chicago Public Library, Bourgeois Pig, Explore Chicago
1. The Chicago Public Library
If you’re a Columbia, DePaul, or Roosevelt student and have lived in the University Center at Congress and State, you've probably had a great view of the Harold Washington Library Center of the Chicago Public Library. It’s hard to believe that many students have never been inside, but The Chicago Public Library truly is a quiet place to escape your loud roommates or the everyday hustle and bustle of the South Loop. Go with a group and reserve a study room to get some work done before you run out of time and those dreadful final projects are due.
Chicago Public Library, 400 South State Street (at Congress Parkway); 312-747-4300.
2. The Bourgeois Pig
Nicknamed “The Pig”, The Bourgeois Pig Cafe has been a staple for students and North Side residents alike since the mid '90s. It’s blocks away from the DePaul and is a good excuse to leave your
The Bourgeois Pig, 748 West Fullerton (at Halsted Street); 773-883-5282.
3. Grant Park
Most Chicago apartments don’t have front (or back) yards, but luckily all of Chicago shares one and it’s called Grant Park. Fresh air helps you retain information (or at least that’s what we like to think) and there’s nothing better than sitting outside while you mercilessly tear through study guides and final papers. Also, nearly unlimited grassy open space allows for you to bring a friend or two, a blanket, and a snack to break up the monotony of studying that is textbooks and highlighters.
Grant Park, 337 East Randolph Street (at Columbus Drive); 312-742-7649.
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