During the week, us first years are busy with classes and studying. If you live in the residential complex (RC) like myself, you find that you are constantly running back and forth between the RC and our academic building. Although these are great places, by the end of the week I find that I am getting a little antsy from being in the same buildings every single day. My roommates and I have found that exploring Chicago and seeking out new study spots is the cure.
Now, even though I would love to spend my weekends window shopping on Michigan Ave. or taking trips to the river, I really do need to take the time to study. What we have been doing is going to different coffee shops across the city and making these our study spots for the day. A change of scenery every once in a while can be quite refreshing. My list of study spots is continuing to grow, but for now, here are my top three choices.
This tucked away spot can be found just off the CTA Blue Line and has an irresistible atmosphere. When you walk in, you are surrounded by fun sci-fi characters, cozy couches, and quite a unique menu. They even have a replica of the Delorean from Back to the Future. One of my favorite things about this space is that it is full of outlets (they understand the struggle.) If you are interested, make sure you get there somewhat early- I’m not the only one who realized it is a cool spot.
Intelligentsia is not quite as unique as Wormhole, but still a great spot. This is more of a chain in Chicago which can be nice if you don’t feel like traveling too far. They are known for their foam art and wide coffee selection. Don’t worry if you are not a big coffee drinker though, they do have smoothies and pastries to choose from!
The third site on my list is Sip Coffee House. This spot is great when you are looking for an energetic place. There are large windows that welcome natural light, delicious pastries and a whole range of caffeinated beverages. One of my favorite aspects of this coffee house is that they also have an outdoor garden portion. If the weather is right, you can study outside while enjoying your purchases. It’s great!
My time here in Chicago has just begun and I have already found some great places to hide out. As the months pass, I plan to continue to get to know this city. By the time I graduate, I hope to have an even longer list for you full of the ultimate study spots in the area.