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Campus Commuter

Campus Commuter

For my last year at Loyola, I decided to move off campus and take advantage of other areas of Chicago.  My friends and I finally decided on an apartment less than one block from Wrigley Field.  So far, SO GREAT.

A lot of people have asked me if it gets annoying having to make the commute to campus everyday for class.  For me, it’s no problem at all.  The 15-20 minute ride on the train gives me some extra time for leisure reading, listening to music, or cramming for that test I put off studying for.  It’s been a good transition period between waking up in the morning and having to concentrate in class.

Not only that, but I’ve gotten the chance to know more than just Roger’s Park.  Lakeview has treated me to good shopping and great food, most of which fit into my struggling-college-student budget.  If anyone is ever in the area, stop by Lucky’s for a sandwich – you will not be sorry!

But it hasn’t all been sunshine and rainbows in my new life of commuting.  Occasionally, the city likes to spring surprise construction projects on me.  Take it from someone who’s been late to more than a couple of classes, our beloved el train is not always dependable.

When you live on campus, getting to class simply means timing out your walking pace.  Unless there happens to be some act of God, getting to class is a pretty standard routine.  But as a commuter, I am at the mercy of the gods of the train.  I started off my last semester of college being almost 30 minutes late to class because the north-bound train didn’t stop at Addison.  It was a less than ideal situation.

So my advice for any Loyola student who is considering moving off campus is to weigh the pros and cons.  Overall, I think living in Lakeview is fantastic, and I would encourage anyone to do the same.

Taco Fest

Taco Fest

TACO FEST. Does that not sound like the greatest festival ever? Well, it was.  My roommate and I heard from our friends that there are always a tons of great festivals around the Lakeview area. (Area round the Addison/Belmont stop on the Red line) We did our research and discovered the Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest.

The festival was located between Addison and Newport, so it was walkable from the redline, or even the brown line (it was right off the Wellington stop).  We decided to take the bus and then walk there, as it was a nice night.

As we approached the festival, we saw a ton of people and heard a really good band playing on a stage.  Different local bands took turns playing throughout the night, such as pop/rock bands, a funk band, and even a Led Zeppelin tribute band.

There were at least ten different taco vendors set up, including Crosby’s Kitchen, The Pony and Taco Factory.  The tacos ranged all the way from regular beef tacos to cactus tacos to shrimp tacos to duck tacos. It was quite the variety! I wasn’t feeling too daring, so I just got a chicken taco and a steak taco, but they were delicious, as well as very affordable.

Lakeview’s Taco Fest happens every year around late September.  I enjoyed to taco’s and the festival so much that I wish it happened more often! I’m looking forward to attending the festival next year!