Author: Miguel Molina

In the Fall of 2015, I arrived on campus with both excitement and nervousness. Yet, I felt college was going to be truly a different experience. I am Miguel Molina, a junior commuter student majoring in Advertising/Public Relations with minors in Marketing and International Relations. I am also a member of the Interdisciplinary Honors Program. In my free time, I enjoy playing piano and bass trombone as well as cooking and appreciating different types of cuisines. As a native Chicagoan, I hope to share my perspective and experiences both here at Loyola and the greater Chicago community to show how you to live Life... El-evated.
Let’s Take this Moment to Reflect Take Four

Let’s Take this Moment to Reflect Take Four

May 1st, is the day that high school seniors look most forward to during their time in their high school career. You’ve been pondering the idea of what is the best option for you; academically, financially, etc. and you want to be sure that you make the right choice for you. The weeks prior, you may have been visiting all the schools you already got accepted into to see the campus again, one last time, before you put down your deposit. After all, today is college decision day!

It is natural to feel stressed, overwhelmed, and unsure if you are making the right choice. But you should know, that you are making the choice, and in your gut you know it will be the right decision. I was in your place three years ago. I had narrowed down my list from 8 schools to 3 schools. With these three schools, Loyola being one of them, I conducted a SWOT analysis. For those who don’t know, a SWOT analysis is frequently used with advertising and marketing where you analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of a certain scenario. After completing this exercise, I realized that going to Loyola University Chicago would be the best university for me to attend. I have not looked back or ever regretted my decision to enroll at the school.

From my time in college, here have been some of my highlights of my journey, so far:

 

  • Being a part of the Interdisciplinary Honors College: Here, I learned a truly diverse style of education that incorporated Loyola’s culture of educating the entire person. From learning classic epics like The Iliad and The Aeneid to learning about the adjustment of Hmong culture in an American hospital to learning about the Augusto Pinochet regime and the advertising campaign that aided in bringing him down; I have truly developed and enhanced my worldview.
  • Work Experience: Building connections and relationships with fellow classmates and faculty members is always important. My sophomore year of college, I was fortunate enough to get a job as a Peer Advisor for First and Second Year Advising. This was the same time that I found a job as a blogger and a member of the social media team in the Undergraduate Admissions office. During my junior year, I kept my work as a blogger as I took all of you up the CTA red line to explore different neighborhoods throughout the city of Chicago. I was able to get a job as the Marketing Program Research Assistant where I helped plan events, create curriculum, and assist in special projects for Marketing faculty. This job has been truly fulfilling as I continually build connections and learn new tools and skills.
  • Declaring an Advertising/Public Relations major: During the beginning of my junior year, I declared a major in Advertising and Public Relations. This was to add on to my International Studies and Marketing minors. It is with this major that got me to recognize what I want to do when I graduate college, becoming an advertising strategist. By being the branch between right brain and left brain (account and creative), strategy covers the best of both worlds. By enhancing my worldview with relevant coursework in Marketing (international/political marketing, consumer behavior) and International Studies (encountering Latin America/Asia, People of Latin America), I will be able to provide a global perspective. This is because all people deserve to be represented equally and properly, so they too can see themselves in ads.
  • Studying Abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica: During the summer between my sophomore and junior year, I joined the USAC program to study abroad in the city of Heredia, Costa Rica; a city 20 minutes away from the capital of San Jose. Here, I studied Tropical Conservation and Development as well as learned some cooking skills in Latin American Cuisine. I was able to make a ton of friends from different universities (with surprisingly no Chicago or Loyola students). I got to explore the rainforest (with a guide of course); went on a river boat exploring various ecosystems (with snakes, crocodiles, and sloths); zip-lined across the highest and longest zipline in Latin America; and went to the black sand beaches on the Atlantic side of the country at Puerto Viejo. However, my favorite experience (besides all the good food), was my welcoming and loving host family, Mama Yolanda and Papa Humberto, who made me feel like I was their own son. Mama Yolanda would accompany me for almost every meal, take me on excursions to the open air markets (and help me haggle for the very best price), and did my laundry and ironing everyday. I am so fortunate to have both of these wonderful people in my life and we are still on touch with WhatsApp and are Facebook friends as well!
  • Amazing Friends: During my time throughout university, I have been truly lucky to have an amazing group of friends that I can depend on. From my first friend in college, Norm, who reached out to me during the end of my senior year of high school. I’ll just say we bonded easily over tea and broadway musicals. It also helped that we were in the same international studies class during our freshman year. There is also my friends Fran, Barb, and Gayatri, the “brunch bunch”. I was friends with Fran and Barb because of the honors program and was introduced to their roommate Gayatri, with our mutual love for Indian food. I have also forged incredible friendships from my Loyola 360, Alternative Break Immersion in Washington DC, my other classes, Wind Ensemble, and Kapwa (Filipino Student Organization). From moments like these, I have been able to create new friendships and find inspiring mentors during my time here at Loyola.

 

Plans for my Senior Year of College:

  • I have become an Account Executive at Inigo Communications, a student run Advertising/Public Relations agency here at the School of Communications.
  • Besides being a Research Assistant for the Marketing Department, I will also become a Teaching Assistant (TA) for the Fundamentals of Marketing course. Both positions will be for next year.
  • I will be taking the last few courses in my major and have finished up my marketing/international studies minors by fall. I will be taking courses in Media Planning, Political Marketing, Special Topics in Advertising/Public Relations, Moral Responsibility Capstone, and Peoples of Latin America.
  • I will be all set to graduate for May 2019!

Thank you all again for an amazing two years! I hope I have provided you with all the tips for making your Loyola experience a fun one, gave you enough restaurants to explore as you go throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods, and so much more. As you make your final decision of where you want to go to college, please know that a Loyola education is like no other. By educating the entire person, you will be able to go forth and set the world on fire.

All of this, will allow you, to live Life El-evated.    

Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Howard

Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Howard

This is Howard. Doors open on the left at Howard. Transfer to Purple and Yellow lines at Howard. This is the end of the red line. Hey everyone, welcome back to the tenth and final installment of Explore Chicago CTA Edition! As always, I’m your student blogger and happy eater, Miguel Molina! Today, we are going to be having some fun with both eats and treats on the CTA red line’s most northern terminus. Be sure to bring your student ID card, ventra card (u-pass), trusty walking shoes and as always, a hungry belly. So come on, let’s go out and explore!

Getting to Howard:

Unlike the other sites on the Red Line, I would not recommend taking the Loyola intercampus shuttle bus. Howard is only two stops away from Loyola’s Lakeshore campus. Because of this, here are the two quick ways to get to the neighborhood. First, the easiest way. You can take the CTA Red Line train from Loyola up north toward Howard. The trip down will take you around 5-6 minutes at most. Secondly, you can always take an Uber or a Lyft to take you from Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus. This would take you around the same amount of time as taking the CTA. But for an even more scenic and leisure way, you can walk on Sheridan Road and It’s only a few blocks north of campus.This is especially true for those warm and sunny summer days that we will be having soon!

Places to Satisfy Your Cravings:

  • Sol Cafe: Looking for a coffee shop that is both hip and full of life and energy? Look no further than the Sol Cafe. Close to the Howard Station, this cafe has a true fusion of the different cultures and identities that populate the Rogers Park neighborhood. From Tortas (Latin American sandwiches) to Jerk Bowls (Caribbean style cuisine); this place has a bunch of unique takes on traditional flavors. If you are looking for something to perk you up, the Sol Cafe offers a variety of different coffee and teas that a mixologist would come up with. The atmosphere here is relaxed and chic with great artwork, open floor plan, and is a great place to hang out with your friends. To check out more about this venue, please check out their website at: http://www.solcafechi.com
  • Ethiopian Diamond: Seeking a unique and flavorful experience for you and your friends? Be sure to try Ethiopian cuisine! Yes, the Rogers Park community has a big population of Ethiopian and other eastern and western African immigrants. According to many of my adventurous friends, Ethiopian cuisine can be best described as a cross between Indian and Middle Eastern cooking. Luckily, the place has options that can be both mild and really spicy (depending on your tolerance to heat on your tongue). When you are here, be sure to try their coffee (which is super strong, potent, and thick) and their lamb dishes (which are super flavorful). And as always, make sure to eat with your right hand, it’s respectful and traditional. If you want to learn more about this restaurant, be sure to check out: https://www.yelp.com/biz/ethiopian-diamond-restaurant-and-bar-chicago

Thank you all very much for taking the time to read my blog as I took you from Chicago’s Chinatown up to the Rogers Park neighborhood. We had plenty of wonderful eats along the way, sights to see, books to read; all along our route. Until next time! Doors Closing.

   

It’s Spring: Chicago’s Ice Cream Shop’s

It’s Spring: Chicago’s Ice Cream Shop’s

As the weather is getting warmer (despite the few snowy days that we have had this week), the wind breakers are being brought out of storage, the boots are being put back in your room, and you are ready for the spring weather! With all this wonderful weather we are having, it is time for all of us to grab an ice cream/gelato and appreciate it. For this special post, I will be taking you to some of the specialty ice cream shops that are easily accessible for Loyola students. So, sit back, and enjoy your ice cream before it melts away.

 

  • Lickity Split: You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Need a place to satisfy your sweet tooth? Head over to Lickity Split and treat yourself to some sundaes. Whether you want a frozen custard (with tasty toppings), concretes (thick and creamy goodness), or are looking for a shake or a malt; your up for some quality sweetness! This is a great place to hangout with your friends, a date, or by yourself! To look at what this place offers, check out their menu here: https://www.lickitysplitchicago.com/menus/lickity-split-menu
  • Amorino: What’s more beautiful than a gelato flower with a topping of a crafted macaron? At this specialty gelato shop, you are able to create a delicate gelato rose with any of your favorite gelato combinations. You can choose your cone (or cup) and satisfy your craving. I would definitely recommend sampling their salted caramel (which is smooth and rich) and their tiramisu (strong, slightly bitter, and with a full flavor). You can sample as many flavors as your stomach craves before making your final decision. Regardless of what you choose, you will surely be satisfied! https://www.amorino.com/us/products/gelato.3.html
  • Gordo’s Homemade Ice Cream Bars: Near Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus, on Granville Avenue, be prepared for a feast for your eyes at Gordo’s Homemade Ice Cream Bars. From classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry and unique flavors like avocado banana, hibiscus tea, or orange chili spice; this shop will fascinate you with their selections. You then pick a dip for your ice cream, toppings, and sprinkles. If ice cream bars are not your thing, the restaurant also offers a bunch of different coffee and tea options. To check out all their choices, be sure to see the menu here: http://gordosicecream.com

 

Still hungry and looking for more places to visit? Be sure to tune in April 24th as we go on our last stop on the red line and start to explore more at Howard. 

Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Morse

Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Morse

This is Morse. Doors open on the left at Morse. This is a red line train to Howard. Hey everyone, welcome back to the tenth installment of Explore Chicago CTA Edition! As always, I’m your student blogger and excited eater, Miguel Molina! As you may have noticed, we are two stops away from reaching the end of the red line at the northside. Today, we are going to be having some fun with both eats and treats up at the CTA’s Morse stop. Be sure to bring your student ID card, ventra card (u-pass), trusty walking shoes and as always, a hungry belly. So come on, let’s go out and explore!

Getting to Morse:

Unlike the other sites on the Red Line, I would not recommend taking the Loyola intercampus shuttle bus. Granville is only a stop north of Loyola. You heard that right, only one stop away. Because of this, here are the two quick ways to get to the neighborhood. First, the easiest way. You can take the CTA Red Line train from Loyola up south toward Howard toward Morse (it has its own stop). The trip down will take you around 1-2 minutes at most. Secondly, you can always take an Uber or a Lyft to take you from Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus. This would take you around the same amount of time as taking the CTA. But for an even more scenic and leisure way, you can walk on Sheridan Road and It’s only a few blocks north of campus.

Restaurants and Cafes to Check Out:

 

  • The Heartland Cafe: Like the name of the cafe suggests, the food from this cafe comes from the heartland of the United States. This provides locally sourced, organic food options to its patrons. The cafe is an example of what many call a “farm to table” style restaurant. The cafe is also in the “heart” of Rogers Park catering to both locals and visitors alike. While the restaurant is known for its plentiful vegetarian and vegan options, if you are looking for the meat, it’s good to know that the meat is locally sourced and carefully curated. Along with its many food options, the cafe is known as being a center for political canvassing, voter registration, and other political gatherings. Likewise, at any given night, there are spoken word events and open mic for people to express themselves and share their art with others. For more information about the Heartland Cafe, check out: https://heartlandcafe.com
  • Midnight Mac and Cheeserie: When I think of mac and cheese, I immediately think back on my childhood with a box of Kraft mac and cheese in a bowl, with me having a big grin on my face. If you have these same memories, check out this speciality shop for you to relive your youth again. You have a choice of 1 pound or 2.5 pounds of cheesy goodness and then you can customize your pasta with different types of cheeses, veggies, meats, and other extra toppings. You can never go wrong with more and more cheese! To check out the menu, check out the link at: https://midnightmacandcheeserie.com

 

Still hungry and looking for more to visit? Be sure to tune in April 24th as we go on our last stop on the red line and start to explore more at Howard on this edition of Explore Chicago CTA Edition. Doors closing.

Special Rambler Memorabilia

Special Rambler Memorabilia

“I am a Rambler. I do Rambler things. I’ve got Rambler arms and Rambler wings.” Here at Loyola University Chicago, we have special artifacts that make us unique and make us show off our Rambler pride. These have risen in popularity, especially with March Madness. From a “Harry Potter” scarf to a Sister Jean bobblehead, here are some objects that carry a significant meaning for a Loyola Rambler:

The Loyola Scarf:

When you go around campus, you are bound to several students proudly wearing maroon and gold scarves around their necks. For many outsiders, this scarf is called the “Harry Potter” or “Gryffindor” scarf. During basketball games, volleyball games, and other big school events, you can see a majority of the faculty and students sporting one. However, contrary to popular speculation, the Loyola scarf is not based on the scarf that the members of Gryffindor House wear during Quidditch games. According to Olga Corrias Hancock, the former director of alumni relations (as quoted from a Chicago Tribune article), she questioned, “How can we make the Loyola colors pop?” (Thompson, 2018). Looking for a cheap option, the alumni invested in a $10 rugby scarf that had Loyola’s colors of maroon and gold. Initially, the first batch gave 100 scarves to fans. Since then, the popularity of the scarves have spiked.

The scarves are a unique symbol of Loyola support and pride especially since rugby scarves are a European sports fan attire. But after garnering attention, the scarf has become recognizable by both fans and outsiders. I was very fortunate to snatch two scarves, one for my sister and one for myself, before the scarves have flown off the shelves. For those of you interested in getting one for yourself, good luck! The scarves are on backorder and whenever they hit the shelves, they are gone.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-spt-loyola-scarves-harry-potter-20180321-story.html

Sister Jean Bobblehead:

Aside from the scarf, Sister Jean has her own bobblehead. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame Museum in Milwaukee has sold over 100,000 bobbleheads so far. The figurine has her signature appearance with her glasses, hair, and the signature Loyola scarf. Prior to the 2018 NCAA edition, there was a set that was made in 2011. These hot items have sold for over $200 on Ebay.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-loyola-ramblers-march-madness-merchandise-0330-story.html

Loyola Swag:

With the success of Loyola at March Madness and the team’s accomplishment of reaching the Final Four, shirt sales at Loyola have grown exponentially. Many of these shirts commemorate Sister Jean, the Final Four, March Madness, and so much more! Normally, Loyola has two bookstores, one at Water Tower and the other at Lakeshore Campus. But, because of a growing fan base, a pop-up store next to the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), has been installed on Michigan Avenue.

Want to find and order more swag? Be sure to check out the link to purchase these hot items: https://www.bkstr.com/loyolachicagostore/home/en      

Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Granville

Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Granville

This is Granville. Doors open on the left at Granville. This is a red line train to Howard. Hey everyone, welcome back to the ninth installment of Explore Chicago CTA Edition! As always, I’m your student blogger and excited eater, Miguel Molina! Today, we are going to be having some fun with both eats and treats down at the CTA’s Granville stop. Be sure to bring your student ID card, ventra card (u-pass), trusty walking shoes and as always, a hungry belly. So come on, let’s go out and explore!

Getting to Granville:

Unlike the other sites on the Red Line, I would not recommend taking the Loyola intercampus shuttle bus. Granville is only a stop south of Loyola. You heard that right, only one stop away. Because of this, here are the two quick ways to get to the neighborhood. First, the easiest way. You can take the CTA Red Line train from Loyola down south to 95th/Dan Ryan toward Granville (it has its own stop). The trip down will take you around 1-2 minutes at most. Secondly, you can always take an Uber or a Lyft to take you from Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus. This would take you around the same amount of time as taking the CTA. But for an even more scenic and leisure way, you can walk down Kenmore Avenue and turn on Granville avenue. It’s only a few blocks away from campus.

Restaurants and Awesome Eats:

  • Ann Sather’s: Looking for a place to brunch with your friends or a craving a traditional Swedish breakfast? Look no further than Ann Sather’s. This restaurant has fond memories for me. I went here for a group brunch with my UNIV 101 class where we got to sample a traditional Swedish breakfast. We all got a plate of eggs, bacon (who can say no to bacon to be honest), and of course Swedish pancakes. But, the biggest thing to try here are their Cinnamon Rolls. These sweet, soft pieces of goodness are the size of salad plates and come with two (if you pick them as your side, which I would highly recommend to you). http://www.annsather.com/restmenus/restbreakfast.html  

 

  • Dak: Craving chicken wings, bibimbap, or beef bulgogi? Located close to Ann Sather’s is Dak, a Korean Style Chicken fusion. This food makes excellent pre-gaming food and great finger licking food with your friends. While the chicken is on the pricier side, the food is for sure quality. This is a great hangout place regardless of the occasion. To show off their fusion skills, your appetizers can be either potstickers, fried squid sticks, or seasoned french fries! Check out their menu here: http://www.dakchicken.com/menu/
  • Lickity Split: You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Need a place to satisfy your sweet tooth? Head over to Lickity Split and treat yourself to some sundaes. Whether you want a frozen custard (with tasty toppings), concretes (thick and creamy goodness), or are looking for a shake or a malt; your up for some quality sweetness! This is a great place to hangout with your friends, a date, or by yourself! To look at what this place offers, check out their menu here: https://www.lickitysplitchicago.com/menus/lickity-split-menu

 

Still looking for more to visit and wonderful places to eat? Be sure to tune in during the week of April 10th as we go and start to explore more at the Morse stop on this edition of Explore Chicago CTA Edition. Doors closing.

Easy and Healthy Meals for the Busy College Student Part 2

Easy and Healthy Meals for the Busy College Student Part 2

Hey everybody, welcome back to the second edition of Easy and Healthy Eating for the Busy College Student. Let’s be real, eating on a budget is not easy. This is especially true for those who want healthier choices and variation. Before taking a gulp of that Red Bull (or other energy drink you have on hand) or reaching into that bag of chips from the convenience store, take a look at the list I provided below for a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner that can be easily made in your dorm or apartment. The options you will find below are both tasty and affordable. They are also Mom approved! Happy eats!

Breakfast: Brown Sugar Almond and Fruit Oatmeal Bowl

  • With this recipe, the ingredients are in the name. All you will need are some quick oats (you can get small-large batches at the Aldi’s near campus), brown sugar (or maple syrup works too), almonds (or other nuts, depending on your preference), and fruits (apples, oranges, grapes, melons, pineapple, etc.). Lastly, you can also add milk for a creamier and thicker texture.
  • All the ingredients for this wonderful and tasty meal can all be purchased for around $10 and will provide you with 13-15 breakfast oatmeal bowls that are both healthy and hearty
  • These ingredients are easy to find, prepare, and eat (for more information on this recipe check out the link attached: https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/how-far-10-goes-for-breakfast/?utm_source=mfp&utm_medium=Pinterest)

Lunch: Chicken Fried Rice

  • This recipe is easy, quick, and allows you to have it for multiple meals thus saving you a lot of money (which every college student wants)
  • All you need for this dish is: rice (of course), chicken breast (if you want a more flavorful part, get the boneless chicken thigh), an onion, garlic (everything tastes better with garlic), peas, carrots, two eggs, sesame oil (or better if you have that on hand), soy sauce, and a topping of sesame seeds.
  • Cook the rice on the stove top (or if you are like me, use a rice cooker and make your life a lot easier), cook the vegetables together with the egg, and then add the chicken. Combine the ingredients, thoroughly cook them and you are ready to eat. For more check out the link: http://rachelschultz.com/2012/07/14/better-than-takeout-chicken-fried-rice/

Dinner: Homemade Pesto Pasta

  • This recipe only needs: pasta (of your choosing) and for the pesto (garlic, pine nuts, fresh basil, olive oil, sharp cheese, lemon, salt, pepper), and tomatoes (cherry preferred)
  • Chop and food process the pesto ingredients until they are smooth and are the desired consistency and taste. Cook the pasta on a stove top (careful it will be hot!). Drain the water in the pot and mix in the fresh pesto you made.
  • Place your pasta onto your plate and sprinkle your tomatoes, chili flakes (if you want), and some more cheese! You are ready to eat! For the full recipe and other suggestions check out the link: https://www.foodiecrush.com/pesto-pasta-recipe/

Tips: 

  • These recipes are good for big size portions to allow you to have future meals for the next few days (so you don’t have to cook)
  • These are fun to make with your roommates for a great bonding experience
  • These also are fun to enjoy on date night with that special someone (and a chance to show off your “amazing” cooking skills)
  • To store your extra food, it might be worth it to invest in some durable tupperware to store leftover food so it does not go to waste!
  • ENJOY!

Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Argyle

Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Argyle

This is Argyle. Doors open on the left at Argyle. This is a red line train to Howard. Hey everyone, welcome back to the eighth installment of Explore Chicago CTA Edition! As always, I’m your blogger and happy eater, Miguel Molina! Today, we are going to be having some fun with both eats and treats down at the CTA’s Argyle stop “Little Vietnam”/”Vietnamese Town”. Be sure to bring your student ID card, ventra card (u-pass), and as always, a hungry belly. So come on, let’s go out and explore!

Getting to Argyle:

Unlike the other sites on the Red Line, I would not recommend taking the Loyola intercampus shuttle bus. Argyle is only a few stops south of Loyola, five to be exact. Because of this, here are the two quick ways to get to the neighborhood. First, the easiest way. You can take the CTA Red Line train from Loyola down south to 95th/Dan Ryan toward Argyle (it has its own stop). The trip down will take you around 10-15 minutes at most. Secondly, you can always take an Uber or a Lyft to take you from Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus. This would take you around the same amount of time as taking the CTA. Beware the busiest times for traffic so you are not stuck. As with any other place in the city, be aware of the time of day that you plan to visit these sites.

Restaurants and Awesome Eats:

Pho 777: Looking for a way to keep warm? Look no further than a bowl of hot, steaming pho at Pho 777! This eatery on the main strip of Argyle is home to some of the best Pho in the neighborhood. For those who don’t know, pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup with aromatic herbs, a broth made with beef bones, and noodles. Usually it is made with either chicken or beef. Personally, I prefer the cuts of beef with pho. For those who want an extra crunchy flavor, bean sprouts or on hand. For a stronger taste, thai basil. But if you are craving to open up your sinuses, there are enough spicy peppers to add to your liking. While the restaurant does offer other great tasting traditional Vietnamese cooking, this is definitely a place to have pho with friends anyday!

(https://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-777-chicago)

Sun Wah BBQ: For those of us on a student budget but want quality, great tasting, authentic Chinese cooking, Sun Wah BBQ is a place that should be on your list! I usually get their roast duck (which is fresh from the window display, so you know it is fresh), roast pork (so flavorful, crunchy, and oh so hearty), and their beef chow fun (thicker noodle with strips of tender beef). You can then wash it all down with one of their dumpling soups. Shrimp, pork, and woodland mushroom dumpling soup is always a favorite! This is a great place to bring your friends to sample and try a bunch of different dishes. Be aware this is not your American Chinese restaurant but authentic Chinese!

(http://www.sunwahbbq.com)

Save Room for Dessert:

Kung Fu Tea: After all that you ate, make sure you head to Kung Fu Tea to wash it all down! With a wide selection of milk tea, slushies, and other tea drinks; this is a great place for snacks and dessert. Being a coconut aficionado, I go for their coconut milk tea which is creamy goodness! If you are more into tropical fruit drinks, you can also find these here!

(https://www.kungfutea.com)

Still looking for more to visit? Be sure to tune in March 27, 2018 as we go and start to explore more at Granville on this edition of Explore Chicago CTA Edition. Doors closing.

Explore Chicago: Spring Break Special

Explore Chicago: Spring Break Special

The weather is finally getting warmer, the jackets are getting lighter, and the grass is trying to get greener; spring is slowly but surely making its way to Chicago! Here at Loyola, this coming week, we are getting ready for our Spring Break. Whether you live in Chicago and want to explore more of the city or you are from out of state/country and want to find places to hang out and check out, this is the blog post for you! Unlike my Explore Chicago CTA Edition segment of my blog, I will be focusing in on certain neighborhoods you should definitely check out during the break. So make sure you bring along your ventra card, your friends, and, as always, bring an empty stomach!

Pilsen: Do you enjoy traditional, quality Latino food? Then Pilsen is definitely the place to check out! This Hispanic community is full of life, color, and food. Throughout the town, many of the walls are covered with Chicano murals depicting both real life as well as contemporary  mythological beings. An attraction to see while your in town is the National Museum of Mexican Art. This museum is free to the public and is a great way to gain a glimpse of Mexican culture (you should see this place during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). If you are looking for great places for food, be sure to check out places that serve authentic tacos, horchata, or jamaíca (hibiscus flower water)! You can never go wrong with what you order 🙂

For more information on the museum on current exhibits and events, be sure to check out: http://nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org

Wicker Park: Often labeled as Chicago’s “hipster district”, Wicker Park is the place for those who want the alternative experience. From used record shops, to antique furniture stores, to four level bookstores; this is a great place for you and your friends to hang out. Wicker Park is known for its many boutique bakeries and businesses that line the streets. When you are here make sure you pick some quality Stan’s Doughnuts (you can never stop eating at one) and grab a book (or BOOKS if you are me) at Myopic Books.

For more information on Stan’s Doughnuts (with their extensive menu) and Myopic Books, be sure to check out the links attached: http://stansdonutschicago.com and http://www.myopicbookstore.com

Hope you all have an awesome Spring Break and see you the following week as we go back on the CTA Red Line to explore more of the North Side of the city! See you then!

Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Addison

Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Addison

This is Addison. Doors open on the right at Addison. This is a red line train to Howard. Hey everyone, welcome back to the seventh installment of Explore Chicago CTA Edition! As always, I’m your blogger, Miguel Molina! Today, we are going to be having some fun with both eats, treats, and sights down at the CTA’s Addison stop. Be sure to bring your student ID card, ventra card (u-pass), and as always, a hungry belly. So come on, let’s go out and explore!

Getting There:

There are three ways that I would recommend getting to Addison, depending on where you live and with time considered. The first way is the easiest. You can take the CTA Red line down from Loyola straight into Addison station (toward 95th). This may take around 25 minutes, give or take. Or, you can take the Intercampus shuttle from the Lakeshore Campus to the Water Tower Campus and take the El from Chicago and State north toward Addison (only five stops away). Lastly, you can always take an Uber or a Lyft, depending on the size of the group you are traveling with, and what time of day you are planning to visit the area.

Main Attractions:

Wrigley Field: Right off the Addison Red Line stop, from the El tracks, Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field comes into view. The crunch of Cracker Jacks are heard, the smell of freshly flash fried funnel cakes are brought out of the fryer, and the sight of a truly dedicated fan base is seen in the stands and bars surrounding the park. You have just stepped into a piece of history. Built in 1914, Wrigley is the second oldest professional baseball park in the United States, the first being Fenway Park in Boston. This was the site where the Cubs won the World Series in 1908 (which is coincidentally the same year that Dumbach Hall was built at Loyola’s Lakeshore campus). Wrigley is truly a place of character and is a true representative of what it means to be a Chicagoan. Like many historic buildings in Chicago, Wrigley Field has been retouched and fixed but never torn down and built from scratch. This helps preserve the history and sanctity of the structure. What makes this park so iconic are the ivy covered outfield wall, the grand marquee at the entrance that ushers spectators into the park, and of course Harry Caray’s tradition of the song belted out during the seventh inning. It is classic and true Chicago.

Music Box Theatre: Within the Addison and Wrigleyville area is the eclectic Music Box Theatre. This venue is the perfect place to watch independent, foreign, and cult classic films. This is the place where I got to see one of my favorite authors, David Mitchell, and director of his work Cloud Atlas, Lana Wachowski during my freshman year of college. The theatre is the place to visit if you enjoy movies that are not typically shown as the summer blockbuster at your hometown theatre. Additionally, if you like ghost stories or haunted places, the Music Box has its own theatre ghost, dubbed “Whitey”. For a classic Halloween tradition outing with your friends, be sure to come and watch the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (with your toilet paper of course). And if you watch The Room be sure to bring spoons! For more information on what’s showing check: (https://www.musicboxtheatre.com

It’s Time to Eat:

Old Crow Smokehouse: Are you in the mood for some quality barbeque and hearty comfort food? You have come to the right place by checking out Old Crow Smokehouse! As always, I would recommend the tasty brisket (who can go wrong with brisket and burnt ends?), the pulled pork, and their sausage. If you are looking some good sides to accompany that meal be sure to check out their macaroni and cheese (many good barbeque places offer this), cornbread (psst it has bacon in it), and their baked beans! If you want more options, be sure to check out their menu with the link attached: http://oldcrowsmokehouse.com/wrigleyville/dine-in-menu/

Moe’s Cantina: Tacos! Need I say more? Moe’s Cantina is a traditional Northern Mexican restaurant that specializes in tasty and truly flavorful meats in delicious rubs and spices. This is a great place to hang out with your friends before and after the baseball game. There are two types of ways you can appreciate this meal, with either mesquite grilled skewers of meat (e.g. carne asada, camarones con tocino, pollo pimiento, etc.) or some tacos (al pastor, carbon, de camaron, etc.); or if you are likely me and order both! Here you can sample a bunch of different flavors with your friends and share a quality meal! If you want more options and suggestions check out: https://moescantina.com/wrigleyville/menu/

Still hungry and looking for more to visit? Be sure to tune in March 13, 2018 as we go and start to explore more of the north side as we stop at Argyle, Home to Vietnamese Town “Little Vietnam” on this edition of Explore Chicago CTA Edition. Doors closing.