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Welcome Week


Chicago - Did you know?

Chicago - Did you know?

While we count down the days to Welcome Week, we are in the midst of a beautiful summer here in Chicago. #SummertimeChi means many exciting events on the calendar - Taste of Chicago, Lollapalooza, fireworks at Navy Pier, Cubs and White Sox baseball, and trips to the beach.

When you move to Loyola’s campus, you are also moving to a vibrant, lakefront city (the 3rd largest in the US). Chicago is ready to welcome you & we are so ready to welcome you to Chicago! Here are five fun facts about what makes your new hometown uniquely “Chicago”:


1. Chicago has quite a few nicknames – the Windy City, the Second City, and the City of Big Shoulders. Downtown Chicago is called “the Loop”, and the train system is called “the L” (elevated train).

2. The Chicago River is the only river in the world that flows backwards. The river also is dyed green every St. Patrick’s Day, and provides stunning views of the city’s architectural accomplishments.

3. The Art Institute of Chicago is the second largest art museum in the US. It has 1.5 million visitors from all around the world annually, more than one million square feet, is very well-known for its massive impressionist/post-impressionist collection. It is located in between two large downtown parks – Millennium Park & Grant Park.

4. Chicago has dozens of festivals each year - many of which are free! Taste of Chicago is the world’s largest food festival.

5.Chicago invented the Ferris Wheel in 1893 for the World’s Fair. You can find the 15-story wheel at Navy Pier!


Pretty soon, you will be here in-person, to check out some of these highlights, and create your own Loyola Chicago adventure.