U of C is in a really great neighborhood. Northwestern being on the lake is fantastic. But DePaul definitely wins this for giving you the more urban experience in Chicago.
I would agree with you on some accounts, particularly in light of the development in the South Loop. What, however, will prevent this from happening is politics--UIUC won't allow this to happen--IMO. I don't think that Berkeley-UCLA can be used as an analogy because of geography/population distribution considerations. There is absolutely no way that UIUC allows UIC to become a competitor for top-10% type kids from the Chicago suburbs.edsg25 said:You'd have to give credit to UIC for its downtown location....the only major university whose main campus is downtown (I'm not counting Roosevelt's auditorium building as being a "campus").
My bet?: UIC uses its outstanding location in the heart of Chicago to rise to one of the most prominent state universities int he 21st century.
Sam_Harmon said:I would agree with you on some accounts, particularly in light of the development in the South Loop. What, however, will prevent this from happening is politics--UIUC won't allow this to happen--IMO. I don't think that Berkeley-UCLA can be used as an analogy because of geography/population distribution considerations. There is absolutely no way that UIUC allows UIC to become a competitor for top-10% type kids from the Chicago suburbs.
Thank you, I was starting to doubt my decsion of turning down money at Marquette, just so I could have the experience of living in Chicago for at least 4 years. You have to love the new tower Loyola is building downtown too.forumly_chgoman said:I nominate Loyola.....dense neighborhood, diverse neighborhood, and literally right on the beach something not even NU can say
My impression was that the U of C and UIC are the only non-Big Ten members of the CIC. Urbana probably does have something to do with UIC's rembership, but then again...schools like UWM, IUPUI, U-M (Dearborn), U of M (Dultuth) which have the same institutional set up's as UIC are not members.Sam_Harmon said:EDSG25, I do agree with you that UIC is quickly gaining a great reputation as a stand-alone university. I would guess that the relationship will develop more along the lines of Michigan--Michigan State or Virginia-Virginia Tech, where the secondary school stands on its own as a fine university but is still seen as the junior school.
Somebody mentioned that UIC has membership in the CIC. I believe that this is still under the umberlla of UIUC. If one looks at the CIC Website there is only one listing for the University of Illinois. If you have a full understanding of the nature of their CIC membership, I'd be interested to learn.
I also don't ever see them--even if they were to make all of the proper moves--gaining Big Ten membership. They don't turn on any additional tv sets.
I'll agree with you to a certain point. But, based on your chosen criterion, the main quadrangles at the U of C are best at making you feel like you're own college world. The rigid adherence to the Chicago grid goes completely unnoticed, and you just don't feel like you're in Chicago at all. As a whole, though, UChicago's campus is less completely integrated, so you have some areas (like the Science Quad) that feel like they are "outside" of the university.That would be Northwestern. In a sense, when you are on the NU campus, you could be a million miles away from Chicago. A large piece of land that dominates its landscape and offers the college town atmosphere of Evanston, the NU campus would be as comfortable as a "major university settng" if it were transported far away fromt he city in some sort of Champaign, Iowa City, or Bloomington location. The fact that it is a heavily residential (as opposed to commuter) school adds to the atmosphere.
While the U of C shares some attributes with NU, it is too wed to the Chicago street grid and big city environment to have the same feel as NU.
Meh... It's been considered a Chicago university since its conception. It's close enough, don't ya think?simulcra said:EDIT: By the way, NU doesn't technically count as a "Chicago" university, as Evanston is a separate municipality (or so they insist...).