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Old 12-31-2013, 10:34 PM
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Hey guys - I searched this forum but most of the threads on this topic were 2-4 years old and had some broken links and outdated info so I figured I'd ask again as my situation was a bit different than the other older ones discussed.

This is kind of my last hooray. I'm 23 and graduate next Decemeber so its my last internship and I chose to try out Chicago and see if I could see myself here full time after school. I will be working in the Loop (I assume) at 555 W Monroe St.

I'm being given a $5,000 stipend for housing/living. I assume after tax that will be like $3500(??? - feel free to correct me if I will come out with more or less). So I'm looking to stay under that from Late May/June-mid August. I really am pretty adamant about not going over that and into my own money.

I'm from the southeast so I really have no clue about Chicago. I would like to experience Chicago and that includes the nightlife. I like all types of bars, including the dance/college bars that many here probably despise. I would like to meet people as well so I assume the best possible way is to stay in intern type housing and avoiding things like studios (but I'm certainly not opposed to it as I do value privacy).

The first thing I came across was the University Center and the Buckingham - both are near Millennium and about a 30 minute walk from my job. Sounds ideal and reasonably priced.. but I've been reading Lincoln Park and Lakeview are the places to be for a great Chicago experience? I was looking at some of the university housing that might be a bit north but most of them seemed to run about $4,000 at least for the summer and I wasn't really sure if those would be any better locations. Some of the other mentioned in older threads (DePaul and SAIC) I didn't see the option anymore for outside interns to come in and stay.. just current students taking summer classes.

Anyone have any suggestions/guidance about those 3 areas and if they are my best bets (with nightlife a major factor but also the commute to W. Monroe Street and the overall experience)? The Buckingham I guess wouldn't be all bad.. I just question how easy it would for me to get to the nightlife and coming back in the early hours in a not exactly sober state a good ways back to South Downtown.

I'm also not that big of a baseball guy - I'll be sure to check out Wrigley and catch a game or 2 - although I'm in a fraternity - I'm not exactly sure the hardcore baseball fan bars scene around that area is where I'd be spending all my time. I do enjoy a good sports bar though.

Thanks! Looking forward to experiencing your great city.
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