Adventure venture

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Last Thursday some lucky students traversing the quads scored a free bag of M&Ms, courtesy of a new student Web site, Experience Chicago. Students handed out the candy, which came attached to a brightly colored flyer advertising information on restaurants, museums, shopping, health, movies, dance, and more, all contributed “For students. By students” and run by the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Students.

Covering 15 neighborhoods from Rogers Park to South Shore, the site scopes out the easiest public-transportation routes from campus and offers a brief description of each area. Site visitors can pick from four activity categories—sustenance (restaurants, coffee houses, bakeries, etc.), revelry (bars, nightclubs, etc.), civilization (museums, art fairs, etc.), and vanity (gyms, salons, etc.)—and log in with their CNet ID to add their own suggestions. Links to Metromix, Time Out Chicago, and the Chicago Reader provide additional activity options. Check it out to discover, as the site promises, “where University of Chicago students go, how they get there, and what they say about it.”


Photo: Experience Chicago's home page offers a map of neighborhoods and categories.

May 8, 2006