Fall 2016 • 15th September 2016
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
The Freshman Issue
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Fresh EDM acts coming to Chicago this fall
Madhav Ghei and Catherine Zhang Ready to rage every weekend (and weekday)? We’ve got you covered. The Chronicle has a comprehensive and constantly updated Google Calendar up on our website filled with all of the details about Chicago EDM concerts. Junior Madhav Ghei, better known as Mr. Moist on Soundcloud, curated a playlist filled with the best tracks from the top headliners and openers coming to Chicago this upcoming fall.
being undecided Leandra Carlyle
Watch out for these artists: Kaytranada 10/6 @ Concord Electronic producer Kaytranada is known for putting out chill, soulful music that also incorporates the wonky beats of hip-hop and R&B. He played Chicago earlier in the summer at the Mamby on the Beach music festival, and will be at Concord Music Hall in early October.
Mamby on the Beach, 2016 . Image Credits: CBS Local
His debut album, 99.9%, was released earlier this year and received praise for collaborations with artists such as Vic Mensa, AlunaGeorge and Anderson .Paak. He is well-known for tracks like “GLOWED UP” and “DRIVE ME CRAZY.” Apart from his musical talent, he brings an alluring, goofy charisma to his live performances.
“Undecided.” It’s a word that makes many people cringe, a word that trailed behind me throughout my freshman year at Northwestern. In fact, it began following me long before the school year even started. During my senior year of high school, as I filled out college applications, I read advice online that advised me to pick a major even if I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and to avoid picking ‘undecided’ on my application because colleges might interpret it as my disinterest. I decided to go against this advice and stick to the truth: I had no idea what I wanted to do. Upon arriving on campus, I was quickly overwhelmed by the number of people that seemed to know exactly what they wanted to study and what they wanted to do with their major. During the many introductions that took place in the first few weeks, I grew tired of stating, “I’m Leandra, I’m from Belvidere, Illinois, and…I’m still undecided…” while listening to others ramble about their ambitious plans. How did all these people know what they wanted to do? How did they know they wanted to major in neuroscience when they had never taken a neuroscience class before? How could I possibly have a major picked out when there were still so many options to explore? I began to worry that I would never be able to decide.
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Campus photo challenge:
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Better late, period:
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The case for rushing as a
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Photo challenge…3 Eric Li
Better late, period…4
Dining hall highlights…5
Save big on textbooks…6 Career resources you NEED to know about…6
What do you wish you knew when you first came to campus? is the question I asked myself as I planned this issue. We created this campus guide with the freshman in mind, because when you’re armed with some insider knowledge and aware of all of the opportunities available to you, you can make the most of your first year at Northwestern. After all, it helps to have a bit of guidance. Consider us your first upperclassman friend here. We also wanted to address some misconceptions about your freshman year and about life at Northwestern. To begin with, yes, there’s a lot more to campus than just dorms and classroom buildings. No, you don’t have to join Greek life during your first year in order to have a social life. Yes, it’s completely fine to be undecided on your major and your studies. No, you don’t need to settle for Evanston food when you want to eat out. You probably wrote about Chicago in your ‘Why Northwestern’ essay, so why
not stick to your word and get out there? All it takes is the effort to step on the 'L,' and some free time. You won’t regret it. Included in this freshman issue is a photo challenge to get you exploring the more obscure but also delightful parts of campus, a list of top Chicago restaurants perfect for a student’s budget, and more. We also outlined a few things for you in the hopes that you’ll be able to navigate campus and Chicago better. Enjoy our map of popular food stops along the Red Line and our Google calendar of EDM concerts happening this fall in Chicago. In your first year, you tend to adopt a very freshman-oriented mindset, which is completely fine and justified. You have a lot of free time, and want to try new things and evolve out of your high school self, so why not do it strategically? Our vision for this year - the power of the freshman - because new students offer a fresh perspective on student life at Northwestern. Catherine Zhang Editor-in-Chief
Catherine Zhang | Editor-In-Chief, President Ananya Agrawal | Managing Editor Adam Shimer | Managing Editor Shreya Goel | Treasurer Luke McDougald | Tech Administrator
Eric Li Gerardo Alvarez Courtney Chatterton Baani Singh Natalie Ser Madhav Ghei
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While I had many people ask me, “Why are you wasting your money Eric Li at a school like Northwestern if you The Northwestern Chronicle is hosting a photo challenge – decode the following don’t even know what you want to do?” or “Why don’t you just take genclues and explore campus beyond what you saw on your tour. eds at home until you figure things out?”, the truth is that NU is an Rules: amazing place to do just that—figure 1. Like The Northwestern Chronicle on Facebook things out. 2. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with photos of yourself at all of the locations As a Weinberg student, I, like 3. Post a picture to social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), tag us and use many of you, am required to fulfill the hashtag #chronphotochallenge six distribution requirement areas Win Northwestern swag! The first three students to complete the (distros). While the people that have already made up their minds challenge will win: complain about these requirements First place - Northwestern sweatshirt and struggle to take classes outside Second place - Northwestern beanie of their majors, these courses allow Third place - Northwestern keychain undecided students to explore their Leandra Carlyle options and take classes in different All Northwestern students are eligible to enter this competition. areas, all while receiving necessary credit. Because of distros, I was able to take ____________________________________________________ a variety of classes—astronomy, philosophy, linguistics, sociology and more—all within my first year, showing me what I like and, perhaps more importantly, Clues: what I don’t like. Unlike many other schools that have specific required general education classes for all students, Northwestern allows us to do some exploring Outside Annie May Swift Hall, lies a little home. The entrance is just small on our own. enough to fit a little gnome. As I tested the waters, another thing I learned was that I was not alone. While coming across someone that shared my same answer to “What’s your We see many painted slabs out by the loch, one majestic beauty is this whitemajor?” was a rare occurrence—the numbers dwindling more as the year went teethed rock. on—meeting someone else who was undecided brought me a quiet spark of hope, letting me think, “I’m not the only one.” It was important to learn that there This place houses an 18.5” refracting telescope to see the stars. It’s actually were other people who were undecided and that many of these people were quite historic, and we’re proud it’s ours. in disguise. They didn’t label themselves as “undecided” but instead labeled themselves as “econ” one week, “psychology” the next, and “English” the week Inside the center for visitors lies an interactive wall; go check it out to learn after. Almost everyone around me was still figuring it out, even if they sometimes more reasons why Wildcats are the best of all. failed to admit it. As you look around, it may seem like everyone else has it all figured out, but Many enjoy Einstein’s Bagels wherever they go, but few discover the one hidden you will discover that many other people are in the same position as you. in Pancoe. Of course, as the year goes on, more and more people will begin to figure it out. They will declare a major, or they will change their original major to If ever you’re looking for a new place for a meal, Food for Thought behind something they are sure of this time, and soon enough, you will, too. Whether Annenberg is quite the deal. you come in as “undecided,” or you come in with a declared major that you change ten times, know that it will be okay. It is okay not to know what you want Early on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can get in a free match… if you can find to study, it is okay not to know what career path you want to follow, and it is the Combe Tennis Center inside of SPAC. okay to change your mind. Take advantage of your distribution requirements, take advantage of your advisors, and take advantage of all Northwestern has to Just north of Elder, you’ll find Long Field. You’ll often encounter athletes and offer. Remember that although you are undecided, you are not uninterested. You NUMB there, refusing to yield. are open-minded. Relax and enjoy your time because eventually, you will find a major you love. In between Deering and Main Libraries, you’ll uncover the Music Stacks. Maybe it’ll help you start creating some tracks? There’s a corner on the second floor of Main, where you can get lost in stories. Get to the novel section and forget about all your worries. Somewhere in Norris, there’s a place where you can just relax. Find the game room where you can take your game skills to the max.
Better late, period: The case for rushing as a sophomore Gerardo Alvarez Not many people decide to rush as a sophomore, and for good reason. The Greek community can be quick to judge sophomore rushees as individuals who were too socially inept or out-of-control to have made it through the process as a freshman. As a sophomore rushee, I made sure to clarify that the primary reason I hadn’t joined a fraternity yet was my month-long bout of mononucleosis in the middle of my fall quarter during freshman year, rather than my capacity to socialize. But I know that there were still many doubts about me when it came time to decide whether I would receive a bid or not. Evidently, you will encounter some obstacles rushing as a sophomore that you wouldn’t have to confront as a freshman. However, there are three key advantages to being late to the party: 1. Spending my freshman year outside of Greek life helped me find my true friends. Once I realized that I wouldn’t be in a fraternity, my biggest worry was how I would be able to continue meeting new people. Especially since I lived in Bobb, it was incredibly easy to make friends during fall quarter. Once rush ends in winter quarter, however, it’s a completely different story. Since 70 percent of Bobb’s freshmen go Greek, everyone around me immediately started to assimilate into their respective Greek organizations. Bobb’s social climate went from being warm and accepting to being exclusive and cliquey. Not joining a fraternity meant that I was no longer constantly meeting new people. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise for my social life, because I was able to see who my real friends are, the ones that are actually worth my time. Sure, meeting a whole bunch of new people all at once can be exhilarating. After all, that’s what makes freshman year of college such an exciting and singular experience. But being able to see through the hustle and bustle of the freshman year Greek scene certainly helped me realize which of the many people I had met were worth keeping around. Not being in a Greek organization gave me ample time to grow even closer to those who valued me as much as I valued them because I didn’t have to spread myself out very thin through meeting new people. By the end of the year, while I hadn’t met as many people as my peers in Greek life, I had formed a close social circle based on true friendship rather than the superficiality of Greek life.
2. Not being in a fraternity as a freshman gave me a better perspective on the positives and negatives of Greek life. People not affiliated with Greek life like to say that Greek life is corrupt, heteronormative and pompous. Of course, the Greek community likes to think otherwise. In the heat of this polarizing debate, I have often found myself playing monkey in the middle. By spending a year as an outsider and a year as an insider, I feel like I’ve come to better understand both sides of the ongoing debate concerning the merits and faults of Greek life. My freshman year was a firsthand experience coping with its exclusionary aspects. It certainly hurt at the time, but proved to be immensely important to my well-rounded perspective on Greek life. This allowed me to take all the great things that it offers with a grain of salt, and while at times I feel guilty for giving into something that I don’t completely agree with, I know it was the right decision. Although I have enjoyed being an active member of a fraternity, I’ve never been a big fan of the concept of Greek life. Especially in schools like Northwestern where around 40 percent of students go Greek, the system perpetuates a culture of gender stereotypes, white privilege and cliques. But something invaluable that I have learned in college is that sometimes, the best opportunities will in some ways go against your moral compass. Often times, advancing in the real world and finding your path to success will ultimately require you to do things that morally don’t feel right. It’s a competitive world out there, and you need to be prepared to accept that. While I think Greek life promotes some the worst aspects of society, it’s also an incredibly useful social resource. By going Greek, you are presented with endless opportunities from which you’re able to expand your social outreach, whether from forming meaningful friendships or simply building a network. A fraternity or sorority is a rock solid community that you can always rely on being there for you, as long as you join one that you truly fit into.
Alvarez and his pledge class, 2016
3. Spending my freshman year outside of Greek life gave me the more time to see where I would fit in the best in the Greek community. Unlike most other universities where Greek life is so prevalent, Northwestern officially holds rush week during winter quarter rather than in the fall, intending to provide freshmen with more time to consider their options and decide if Greek life is a good fit for them. While it does certainly give freshmen more time, I personally don’t think one quarter is enough time to get an idea of how and where you’d fit in. A lot of freshmen find themselves caught up in the hype surrounding Greek life and give into its overarching social pressure. Too many freshmen rush not because they actually want to but because they want to do what everyone else is doing. Then they end up struggling to find their niche in the community. This is why so many people that rush as freshmen end up dropping out of Greek life before they even finish the year. On the other hand, by rushing as a sophomore, you get three more quarters to make your mind up and three more quarters to observe the culture. Not only do you get more time, but you also get to see where your friends that rushed as freshmen ended up. Both of these factors greatly aided me in deciding where I’d fit in best, and I couldn’t be happier with my final decision. My freshman year wasn’t an easy time for me by any means. As one of the only non-affiliated freshman men on my floor in Bobb, I felt like I was really missing out on an integral part of the freshman year experience. In the end though, I feel like I am more content with my social life than I ever would have been if I had joined Greek life in my first year. I wouldn’t be as close with the people I care the most about as I am today, I wouldn’t have acquired a complete perspective on the pros and cons of Greek life, and I may not have even joined the right fraternity. So go ahead, rush as a sophomore. It may impart the same blessings on you as it did on me. Disclaimer: mono is not a blessing.
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Work-Study opportunities on campus
Courtney Chatterton When it comes to Work-Study, getting a job can be a daunting task. Where can I get hired? Will it fit into my schedule? What if I hate it? Rest assured, here’s your go-to guide for finding a job on Northwestern’s campus! Norris University Center Home to over 200 work-study student employees, Norris is one of the largest work-study employers on campus. There’s a variety of different positions available throughout Norris’ many departments. From the graphic designers in Student Affairs Marketing (SAM) to the administration assistants to the friendly faces at the Norris Center Desk to the behind-the-scenes Production staff to the attendants at the Dittmar Gallery, there’s surely a place for you inside Norris, the massive work-study hub. You can also work downstairs in the Game Room, ARTica and even Norris Outdoors. Because Norris opens at 8 a.m. and closes at midnight, most departments are open more than just your typical nine to five. The longer hours mean that the timing is more flexible for student schedules. The Libraries Your stereotypical work-study job: a position at the campus library. However, there are many libraries across Northwestern’s campus. The Music Library, nestled inside of Deering, the Math Library (hidden inside of Lunt Hall), Main Library, and countless others all boast work-study student employment opportunities. If you’re interested in learning the Dewey system or the Library of Congress system, the Libraries are where it’s at. Pick-Staiger Concert Hall When it comes to working at Pick-Staiger, there are many opportunities available to work in the tech crew, management and programming. Benefits of the job include getting to listen to all sorts of interesting
From left to right: Norris University Center, and Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
music for free while you work, free concert tickets to Northwestern events and a friendly, relaxed work environment. Tech crew oversees setting up the stage and sound equipment, as well as recording concerts, while management caters to the audience members, ushering and showing them to their seats. Programming involves assisting with scheduling concerts, ticketing, making program brochures and more. Look out for Pick’s recruiters during Wildcat Welcome! They set up a table outside of the building, and advertise their work-study positions for Ticket Sales, ushers and other essential concert hall staff. The plus side to ushering? Free concerts, if you’re into that kind of thing. Lab Work Interested in becoming a Research Assistant in the future? Find your “in” as a work-study lab assistant and collect skills of the trade at a portion of the cost for the lab -- being Work-Study means the federal government is paying for most of your paycheck anyway! Finding jobs this way might be a little bit trickier, but it’s definitely worth the pay-off in the end! You get to develop a strong, long-lasting relationship with a professor, and the opportunity is a perfect inroad to learning what you need to conduct your own independent research someday. Department Assistants Of course, there is work within your department or individual school! Whether you’re setting up classrooms for presentations, making copies, or doing more work behind the scenes, you’ll be making professors happy and improving your networking skills that will be essential once you start looking for a job post-grad.
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Dining hall highlights Baani Singh Allison Dining Hall Perhaps one of the more iconic dining halls, Allison Hall has breathtakingly high glass ceilings and multiple side rooms. When it comes to cuisine, Allison offers a kosher station and a large selection of fresh fruit and bread. The dining halls salad bar is arguably the freshest and most diverse out of all of the dining halls on campus. If you’re hungry for something more satisfying, there are also various food stations offering pasta, pizza, and sandwiches. Foster-Walker Complex aka Plex Better known as Plex to the Northwestern student body, this mid-campus dorm hosts two dining halls in one building. Plex East is open every day, offering specials such as stir-fry Wednesdays, meatless Mondays and barbeque weeks. Plex West is open for all meals, with made-to-order lunch and dinner options available, including omelets, burgers and burritos. You can even get your favorite brunch options on Sundays. In addition, students can request halal menu items from the grill. For those who get the munchies after dinner, Plex West late night is open Monday through Thursday. And if you want to just grab something to take to-go, consider the C-store, filled with prepared sandwiches, wraps, sushi platters and more. Sargent Dining Hall The most popular North campus dining hall, Sargent is located next to Tech and provides a variety of dining options from breakfast through dinner. For breakfast, get made-to-order omelets and waffles. Lunch and dinner options include tacos, sandwiches, paninis and fresh grill options. There’s also a designated vegetarian and vegan station for students with more restricted dietary needs. Sargent is open for all seven days and offers brunch on Sundays.
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Save big on textbooks Everyone’s textbook situation is different depending on which classes you’re taking. History classes tend to require thick, heavy textbooks, while some economics classes call for a subscription to an online textbook with an interactive quiz component. Journalism classes might have you constantly repurchasing new editions of the AP Stylebook. Regardless of what your course load looks like, it’s essential to know what options are available. Before you decide to buy or rent textbooks from Norris, Beck’s or Amazon, consider these four other options if you find yourself cringing as you read through your professor’s syllabus. 1. Find free PDF’s online Finding free PDF’s of reading materials online can be pretty tricky, and tends to be most successful when you’re looking for excerpts from popular books. If you have the proper research skills, however, anything is possible. Some starter tips: Use keywords like ‘pdf’, ‘free’, and ‘online’ to prioritize what you actually need, which is not just a link to buy the book, but the free...online...PDF... Use quotations to narrow your search down to the correct material, not something with similar wording. Be specific about which edition you’re looking for - I’ve made the mistake of not indicating and accidentally ordering the wrong version!
2. Interlibrary loan that ish! Interlibrary loans allow you to borrow materials from other libraries if you can’t find what you’re looking for online or on campus. The The cover photo for Northwestern's Free & For Sale Facebook group key with ILL’s is planning 4. Free & For Sale ahead, because it can take a few weeks to ship and Free & For Sale is Northwestern’s Facebook group receive the textbooks. If it all works out, however, you for buying and selling items and services. Around could have free textbooks! the start and end of every quarter, it blows up with 3. Check out books from Northwestern’s students posting pictures of old textbooks, with library details about how ‘well-loved’ it is, which professor Downside: you can’t write on the books. and course it was bought for, etc. Upside: You get textbooks for free! The way it normally goes down is that you and If you act quickly enough, the library can be a the seller agree on a price, establish a spot to meet great option for novels or shorter, smaller books that up and exchange with either cash or Venmo. Beware classes require. Northwestern often has multiple that professors sometimes alter the reading materials copies on hand, but double check our online database for classes year-to-year, or even quarter-to-quarter, just to be sure! and students selling old textbooks may not always be Also, don’t forget about the Evanston Public aware. Always compare prices and make sure you’re Library, off-campus on Orrington Avenue. It’s buying your books at a reasonable price. extremely straightforward to sign up for a card, and it even comes with a keychain library card for easier access!
Career resources you NEED to know about Northwestern Career Advancement, better known as NCA, is located at the North end of campus at 620 Lincoln Street. This office is a goldmine, offering both immediate and long-term opportunities to help students succeed. Visit the NCA website for more information. Beyond immediate services such as mock interview sessions, resume read-throughs and cover letter advising, NCA has many valuable resources available to expand your possibilities for next summer. SIGP - Summer Internship Grant Program The Summer Internship Grant awards students who are doing an unpaid internship over the summer $3,000 or more to cover expenses such as travel, lodging and parking. This opportunity is perfect for students who want to explore their options without the pressure of working somewhere they’ll be paid. If you’re interested in working at a startup or a nonprofit, SIGP could be a great fit for you!
URG - Undergraduate Research Grant If you’d like to pursue research over the summer, URGs award students $3,500 to cover living and research expenses. Design and carry out your own research project, whether entirely independently or inspired by a lab or a faculty member’s research. You can execute it on campus or anywhere else in the world! The process involves creating a proposal, requesting an advisor and completing an application. The Office of Undergraduate Research also has special Academic-Year URGs that fund up to $1,000 of your research expenses, for cases when the summer just isn't enough!
Career Treks Interested in an industry but want to know more? NCA’s Career Treks have covered industries like film & television, finance, government & law, investment banking, marketing, media, and startups & technology in the past. During the summer, students travel to major cities such as New York City, Washington DC, LA and San Francisco to visit companies, talk with alumni, meet human resources representatives and learn more about specific roles and companies within an industry. Students have an opportunity to hear about employees’ day-to-day lives, the company culture, how to utilize their Northwestern backgrounds and experiences, as well as ask any other questions they may have about a job, company or industry. You may be eligible to have some or all of your trek covered, depending on your financial aid.
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Finding your coffee fix in Evanston Natalie Ser Every college town should have a variety of coffee shop options. In Evanston, you’ll definitely find a wide range of places that serve everything from a regular cup of joe to an elaborate selection of finger bites and sweet goodies. You don’t need to hunt far for the best caffeine kick. Here’s a quick rundown of the most frequented coffee shops around campus, chains and local joints included. All of these shops have free wifi, so bring your laptop, books and homework if you want, or a friend if you feel like getting a life. #mytruenorthwestern 1. Unicorn Café A campus favorite for its convenience and popularity, this quaint café sits right in the middle of downtown Evanston. It is often packed with a mixture of local Evanstonians and students, often reading books or working off their laptops. Personally, I think the café is a little small and, during afternoons, too crowded to do work there, but the cute interior and friendly staff make it an ideal place to relax or catch up with a friend. Address: 1723 Sherman Ave TL;DR: Convenient location, early opening times, homebaked goods 2. Peet's Coffee & Tea Peet's has an extensive list of coffee roasts, and brews a different selection of coffee everyday. I'm not a coffee connoisseur, but I really like their coffees, which, depending on what kind you got, has its own distinctive kick of bitterness and acidity. It is pretty crowded whenever I visit, so head there early or avoid peak hours if you want a seat. Address: 1622 Chicago Ave TL;DR: Wide selection of roasts, gets crowded 3. Kafein If there’s one thing that makes Kafein stand out amongst its competitors, it’s the wacky and sassy menu, with non-existent menu items such as ‘Stupid Questions’ and ‘Smart Ass.’ Jokes aside, their creations are far from conventional, with drinks like the Zombies coffee, the Tuxedo Mocha and the Snow White Latte. Despite the creative menu, the drinks are pretty mediocre and watered down. Though it’s not as frequented as Peet’s across the street, it’s a decent alternative if you’re looking for somewhere more tranquil. It’s also one of the latest closing coffee shops in town.
The café has a slightly dim ambience, making it hard to concentrate on homework. However, cushioned armchairs, wooden tables and benches cozify the joint, and on Monday’s Kafein hosts an open mic for locals and students to share and listen to poetry and music. Address: 1621 Chicago Ave TL;DR: Creative menu, late closing hours 4. Starbucks Your average chain coffee shop has more food and drinks options than Norbucks, the Starbucks inside Norris, has, and it is almost always crowded. If you have a meal plan, you can just get drinks from Norbucks, which diminishes your incentive to go there. Address: 1734 Sherman Ave TL;DR: more variety than Norbucks’ 5. Panera Bread Though it’s technically not a coffee shop, as Panera also has an extensive food menu apart from their coffee offerings, the chain’s coffee and bagels are on point. You can almost always find seats to study because there’s a lot of space at the Evanston Panera. It’s one of my personal favorite spots to get some work done because it’s actually...comfortable. Address: 1700 Sherman Ave TL;DR: Spacious seating area, bakery items 6. Coffee Lab The only café up on north campus, Coffee Lab opened their renovated location last year and has since become a popular spot for students to study and grab a cup of good coffee. It's a little out of the way for people who hail from the south, but it's worth the trek if you want a strong caffeine kick. Address: 910 Noyes St TL;DR: Convenient location for those who live up North, serves Intelligentsia coffee 7. Patisserie Coralie The only French coffee shop in town, Patisserie Coralie is the café counterpart to Bistro Bordeaux and Creperie Saint-Germaine, two other French restaurants in Evanston. The café’s selection of pastries, cakes, macarons and fancy coffees will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth and inner-chic. This place is more for chilling or catching up with a friend rather than, say, writing your history paper that’s due at midnight. Address: 600 Davis St TL;DR: Croissants, macarons, typical French interior decor
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GRiZ 9/12 @ Navy Pier Grant Kwiecinski can do amazing things with his saxophone. The future-funk artist, more commonly known as GRiZ, will be at Navy Pier, one of Chicago’s largest venues, on Saturday, November 12th. Known for tracks like “Good Times Roll” and “A Fine Way to Die,” the Detroit native will be travelling the States on his Good Will Prevail tour, supported by openers Louis Futon, Brasstracks, Haywyre and more. He visited Chicago earlier this summer for a set at Lollapalooza, gracing the audience with an unforgettable performance. His music is sure to appeal to a variety of music tastes - jazz, EDM and funk - but one thing’s for sure, it will certainly get you dancing. Louis the Child 9/26 @ Metro Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett, both recent graduates of New Trier High School in Winnetka, have accomplished more by their freshman year of college than most of us probably did. The electronic music duo first gained popularity when their track “It’s Strange ft. K. Flay” received support from Taylor Swift and Lorde, and even performed at Northwestern in 2015 for a fundraising event hosted by Zeta Beta Tau. Since then, they’ve released many popular remixes of songs by Zella Day, Miike Snow and Ty Dolla $ign. They’ve toured with Big Gigantic, performed at Coachella and have their own tour lined up for the fall. The duo loves playing their hometown, opening for Lido in late 2015, hosting their own show at Lincoln Hall in March 2016, playing a set at Lollapalooza and even making a surprise appearance at Mad Decent Block Party when performer Oshi dropped out at the last minute. Their first show at the Metro sold out quickly, so they added a second show for the night before. Grab your tickets quickly before it sells out again! You can find our special 'Freshman Issue' EDM playlist here: https://soundcloud.com/mr_x_moist/ sets/the-chronicle-freshmen-issue
Left: Unicorn Cafe, a student favorite, provides a cozy interior and homebaked goods that make it perfect for early-morning study sessions
Oh, the places you'll go Catherine Zhang (Excerpted from Cat the Critic) bopNgrill for Korean burgers (Loyola) Can also take Intercampus to Loyola At Loyola, a Korean-American fusion restaurant by the name of bopNgrill is changing lives, one burger at a time. The establishment, featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, offers a twist on the traditional gourmet burger concept. Their menu focuses on Korean-American fusion concepts, offering rice “bop plates” overflowing with Korean barbecued meats. While their burgers reflect both traditionally American and unconventionally Korean influences, bopNgrill keeps it interesting with additions such as short-rib gravy, onion rings and sun-dried tomato confit. For a side, opt for the kimchi fries ($6), a delicious and comforting mass of crispy sesame fries, tangy kimchi, crumbled bacon, cheese, green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. It’s filling, satisfying and straight out of a dream. Sunwah for Peking duck (Argyle) This family-style Chinese BBQ restaurant is just a two-minute walk from the Argyle Red Line stop. Roast duck and other cooked meats are prominently displayed in the window, hinting at the delicious and authentic food within. After rallying a group of 4+, make a reservation and be sure to ask about the Peking duck, which is what Sunwah is known for. The whole roast duck rolls up to your table on a cart and gets sliced up table-side. You get to stuff warm steamed buns with the thin slices of duck and top it with julienned vegetables and that sweet and salty Peking duck sauce. Kuma’s Corner for burgers (Belmont) Getting to Kuma’s Corner isn’t that difficult, it’s just a bit time-intensive. I took the Red Line to Belmont, transferred to a bus and rode it for 20 minutes until it dropped us off right in front of the restaurant. Kuma’s makes up for its quaint quarters with loud, heavy rock music, a full bar and an extensive drinks menu. My Kuma Burger ($14) came with bacon, cheddar and a fried egg, as well as a handful of rustic fries with the skin on. The food was messy but extremely satisfying, but I wish the pretzel bun were toasted. The menu lists a bunch of burgers with creative and innovative topping combinations, like the Led Zeppelin, which has bacon, pork shoulder, BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese and pickles!
Pequod’s Pizza for pan pizza (Fullerton) I consider this the best deep-dish in Chicago,; ironically the menu says that they serve “pan pizza.” From what I can tell, the main difference is that the crust is slightly less thick/tall, but Pequod’s makes up for it with an unprecedented crispy and flavorful crust, which is rewarding given that so many deepdish crusts are just soggy barriers for the delicious fillings. This place just barely beats Lou Malnati’s for best Chicago deep-dish. Del Seoul for Korean fusion (Fullerton) Del Seoul, a Korean street food fusion restaurant, is absolutely worth the trip out to Lincoln Park. I highly recommend splitting the Kalbi poutine with friends. Fries with short rib, crema and cheese and pickled red onions made in house? Yes please. Order a few tacos each, and you’ll be set. The spicy BBQ pork taco is particularly rewarding, but I’ve also heard great things about the shrimp and fish tacos as well. Most of them come with an ample amount of ‘secret slaw’, cilantro and onion relish and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. The next time I go back – there WILL be a next time – I’m excited to try a banh mi sandwich, to see how Del Seoul does KoreanVietnamese fusion. DMK - Navy Pier Can take Intercampus to Ward Or Chicago Express on select Saturdays to the Fairbanks bus stop DMK @ Navy Pier is the next best thing ever since the location on Noyes Street closed down. Even though I can’t walk down the street and pick up a #4, I can at least take the Intercampus shuttle to Navy Pier on weekdays for free. It’s just a little more than a half-hour ride from campus. If you have a penchant for gourmet burgers, look no further than DMK. They also have dope fries, milkshakes and fish entrees. I got #4 ($9), which was a classic beef patty topped with “roasted hatch green chile, fried farm egg, sonoma jack, [and] smoked bacon”. The egg yolk oozed just the way I like it, so that I could use the bun to sop it up afterwards. The parmesan and truffle fries were sprinkled with green herbs and topped with super light shaved parmesan that had started melting from the heat of the fries. It was paired with a truffle cream on the side, which was super buttery and indulgent. At ~$10 a burger, you might not consider this place that inexpensive, but I guarantee you’ll do a double take at the high quality of the food
Restaurants off of the Red Line
Wildberry for brunch (Lake) Can also take Intercampus shuttle to Ward Or Chicago Express on select Saturdays to Columbus/Monroe stop Wildberry, a quintessential brunch place in Millenium Park, is only open until 2:30. They don’t accept reservations, and on the weekends, people have had to wait over an hour for a brunch spot. My visit was on a weekday afternoon, and we waited just 10 minutes for a table for two. The menu offers twists on classic brunch items, both sweet and savory, from breakfast burritos to omelettes to French toast to waffles. The “Signature Berry Bliss” pancakes ($10.95) were stacked 4 or 5 high, drizzled generously with a vanilla Anglais sauce and blackberry coulis. A scattering of fresh strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries helped cut through the richness of the pancakes, and a delightfully sweet light pink berry mascarpone was slathered generously between each pancake, tying the whole dish together.