Month: April 2017

Get Your Laughs Around Chicago!

Get Your Laughs Around Chicago!

With there only being about a month left of classes (scary, I know!), there aren’t many chances left to get a ~Chicago Experience~ which, in my opinion includes comedy shows. Chicago has consistently been a hub of laughter, especially with improv venues like Second City that is very well known to many people, producing comedians including Chris Farley, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Bill Murray… the list goes on. But being broke college students, you don’t always have the option to shell out for those tickets. So below, I’ve added a couple places that I’ve been able to enjoy that usually have some great acts around the North Side!!

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The Laugh Factory
On the corner of Broadway and Belmont, the Laugh Factory usually has some great deals for college students especially. From 2 Top $10 Tuesdays, featuring 10 acts from around Chicago to perform, Open Mic nights, Supply and Demand comedy shows featuring some of the hottest acts, with most events costing between $5-$10! Check their website here for an updated schedule and see what’s going on!

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The Public House Theatre
Located at 3914 N. Clark, just north of Wrigley Field is the Public House Theatre, with specialty shows with sketches from Vote Brainoid, an evil genius running for mayor in a small Illinois town, to mixed shows with stand-up, improv and sketch comedy works. Some of their shows are 21+, however, so check their website here for dates, times, and prices!

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The pH Comedy Theatre
Close to our campus in Andersonville (1515 W. Berwyn Ave), the pH Comedy Theatre has numerous themed improv shows such as “Choose Your Own Apocalypse” every Wednesday at 8pm, for $5 a ticket! Other shows include “Women on Top” at $10 a ticket for students, and many other shows! Here is their website to check out ongoing shows, ticket prices, etc!

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The Playground Theater
Right in Boystown, on Belmont and Halsted the Playground Theater has a multitude of shows practically every night that you can check here for their calendar, with themed shows from talented individuals combining personal stories tackling things from identity, to womanhood, to normal improv shows that are hilarious! Many shows are $5 for students, and are definitely worth it.

Rambler Success: First Year Text

Rambler Success: First Year Text

I almost sure that during your time in high school, you had to read a book or book(s) for the summer before class started up again in the fall. But like high school, there is a text that first year students are asked to read before they start their time here at Loyola University Chicago. And you thought you could escape summer reading? Don’t worry, it is not something like Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises or Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold, instead the text is relevant and truly embodies Loyola mission for students to be well rounded and aware. Many of the texts picked focus on social justice, exemplify Loyola’s mission and values, multi-faith acceptance, and many greater themes.

Unlike the books you read in high school, the text that you read at Loyola is for all first year students to read. This encourages both commonality, allows for first year students to bond, and encourages dialogues. By asking the deeper and bigger questions, students are called to question and think analytically about the big picture. For example, this year, first year students read a truly moving book called Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. The text tackles difficult topics like racial injustice, police brutality, and corruption within our legal and penal system. When I read the book, as a Peer Advisor, I felt truly a roller coaster of  emotions. At times I felt angry, other times I wanted to cry, but at the end I was optimistic.

To promote Loyola’s mission for justice, first year students are encouraged to participate in an essay contest (which is really only 400-600 words) where they discuss how the text embodies Loyola’s mission and values. They draw both on the text and personal anecdotes. As an incentive for students to participate, potential rewards for the essay contest include: (1) a book scholarship to cover all textbook costs for the spring semester, (2) a speaking engagement with Communities in Conversation to share his/her story with other first-year students.

Don’t worry about purchasing the first year text though. During the summer, around the time of your Orientation you will receive the book in the mail. It is yours to enjoy, annotate, and take with you. If you have more questions or want more information on the first year text or the essay contest, please check out: ( or (