Loyola’s campuses are located off the Loyola and Chicago Red Line Stops, but why limit yourself to exploring just those two? We think that the stops between our Lakeshore and Water Tower Campuses are so cool that they needed their own blog post. We’ve highlighted something to do off of each stop, but don’t think that means we’ve covered it all. Each stop offers at least a day’s worth of exploring!
Looking for some good, wholesome food for the mind & body? Look no further than Heartland Cafe, which focuses on serving only the most organic, local, sustainable, fair-traded, and socially conscious food around. With a menu that’s mostly vegetarian, Heartland Cafe is a staple in the eccentric and increasingly enviro-conscious Rogers Park neighborhood. Heartland is also host to many performances showcasing local bands and artists.
“You are here.” This is the stop with the best access to Loyola University Chicago’s campus. Get off here to visit Damen Student Center – Loyola’s brand new student center complete with a food court, movie theater, lounge, and meeting spaces. If its nice out, try taking a walk by the lake, or visit Hartigan Beach – a favorite summer hangout of Loyola students and Rogers Park residents.
“You are also here.” This is the stop with the best access to the south side of Loyola’s campus. It is also right next to two popular breakfast restaurants – M. Henrietta and Ann Sather.
M. Henrietta is on the pricier end of breakfast spectrum, but it is absolutely worth it. M. Henrietta takes typical breakfast/brunch foods and turns them into amazingly delicious creations. Our favorite is the Blackberry Bliss Cakes, which are fluffy pancakes layered with warm blackberries and vanilla mascarpone cream, and topped with a brown sugar and oat crust.
Ann Sather serves more typical breakfast foods, but they are crafted to perfection. Ann Sather is famous for its delectable Cinnamon Rolls, which are handmade daily and served straight from the oven. It is impossible to go to Ann Sather and NOT have a cinnamon roll (or two, since that’s how they come). They even make the rolls to-go!
Indie Cafe on Broadway is a sushi/thai favorite amongst the Edgewater neighborhood residents. It’s menu features specialty rolls as well as numerous thai staples. Indie Cafe also boasts an extensive and diverse wine bar, making it a perfect place for a post-conference get-together.
5) Bryn Mawr
The Bryn Mawr Historic District is on the lakefront side of the Edgewater neighborhood, and is home to several historic buildings. The Edgewater Beach Apartments were once an extension of the lavish Edgewater Beach Hotel complex built in 1928. The Hotel was once the go-to spot for famous guests of Chicago. It was demolished after the extension of Lake Shore Drive cut off its access to the beach. Other buildings in the Historic District include the Bryn Mawr and Belle Shore Apartment Hotels, the Manor House, and the Renaissance.
Kitchen Sink Cafe is a popular and eccentric neighborhood breakfast/lunch spot frequented by Chicago natives. On its menu are your typical breakfast foods as well as artisan sandwiches and coffee. Located right around the corner from the Berwyn El Stop, Kitchen Sink is a great place to grab a bite to eat before a day of meetings or on a lunch break!
The Argyle Stop is home to what Chicagoans call Little Saigon, or New Chinatown. The bustling neighborhood is filled with primarily Vietnamese owned and operated stores and restaurants, as well as several Chinese, Cambodian, Laotian and Thai businesses. This stop is perfect for the adventurous soul with a taste for exploration and great Vietnamese food!
The historic Green Mill Cocktail Lounge opened in 1907, under its original name – Pop Morse’s Roadhouse. The Green Mill was a popular hangout for famous actors and actresses, and most notably, prohibition era gangster Al Capone. Capone’s favorite booth is still intact, and offers a clear view of both the front and back of the restaurant. Underneath the restaurant are various tunnels that were used by Capone’s men to elude law enforcement officials during busts. Rumor has it that there is still a hatch inside Green Mill that opens up into the tunnels, but you’ll have to see for yourself. Nowadays the Green Mill serves as a jazz bar with daily shows and performances.
Chicago’s northside Super Target is located just a block away from the Wilson stop. This two-story target is essential for those guests staying in Chicago for an extended period of time, or even those who might have forgotten something at home. Didn’t realize how close Loyola’s campus is to the beach? Swing on over to Target to pick up a bathing suit, sunscreen, beach towel, and snacks for a perfect day in the sun.
Graceland Cemetery is one of Chicago’s three historic cemeteries, and serves as the final resting place of countless famous Chicagoans. The cemetery itself is peaceful as well as beautiful, and many enjoy bringing a picnic lunch to eat after touring the grounds.
Just as Chicago is the home of the Cubs, the Addison stop is the home of historic Wrigley Field. It was built in 1914 as Weeghman Park for the Chicago Federal League baseball team, the Chicago Whales. It was called Cubs Park between 1920 and 1926 before being renamed for then Cubs team owner and chewing gum magnate, William Wrigley, Jr.
The neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field is called Wrigleyville, and serves as stomping grounds for area college students and young professionals. Clark Street is the home to countless sports bars and clubs, as well as many popular late-night restaurants.
Looking for a place to explore that offers affordable shopping, delicious food, and live entertainment? Look no further than the Belmont stop. This stop is nestled between Boystown and Wrigleyville, and is a bustling shopping district chalk-full of unique boutiques and cafes. After a day of shopping, check out a show at Comedy Sportz or the Vic Theater.
The Lincoln Park Zoo is both one of the oldest zoos in the United States, as well as one of the only free admission zoos. The zoo’s exhibits include big cats, polar bears, penguins, gorillas, reptiles, monkeys, and other species totaling about 1,100 animals from some 200 species. Also located in Lincoln Park Zoo is a burr oak tree which dates to 1830, three years before the city was founded.
The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history, and is the city’s oldest cultural institution. Founded in 1856 and incorporated in 1857 by an act of the state legislature, the Chicago Historical Society and its collection grew and opened its first building. Now celebrating its 150th anniversary, the Chicago History Museum continues to tell the stories of the city and its people through exhibitions, programs, publications, and a website. Its Research Center serves thousands of people each year, from schoolchildren working on History Fair projects to PhD students writing dissertations to filmmakers researching documentaries.
The Clark/Division stop is home to Chicago’s Old Town Neighborhood, which boasts stately and beautiful old homes. This area is perfect for a day of cafe-hopping and historic sight-seeing.
The Chicago Stop is home to Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, as well as the historic Water Tower down the street. The area surrounding this stop is called the Gold Coast neighborhood, and is home to the famous Michigan Avenue “Magnificent Mile” shopping district. Whether you’re just window shopping or purchasing an entire new wardrobe, the Magnificent Mile is a classic Chicago landmark that everyone can enjoy. On a hot day, pick up some self-serve frozen yogurt from Forever Yogurt and stroll along Michigan to people watch or window shop.