Chicago may have the nickname The Second City, but this city comes second to no other and is an exciting location for students to consider living and learning in. The third largest city in the United States, Chicago offers no shortage of unique opportunities to make it Sweet Home Chicago for you. Here are the top ten things to consider about the Windy City: BY DAVID AT MAIALEARNING 1. Chicago is a Transport Hub Located in the middle of the United States, Chicago serves as a transport hub for highways and train lines, and is home to one of the busiest airports in the world. You’ll be able to find direct flights to most international and domestic locations from Chicago. 2. The Beaches Not many cities in the world offer beaches right in the city center, but Chicago does! The fresh waters of Lake Michigan are enveloped by white, sandy beaches, and you’ll be able to enjoy many in Chicago such as North Avenue Beach or Oak Street Beach. 3. Museums and culture Chicago is home to some of the finest museums and cultural events in the world, including The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and The Art Institute of Chicago. Most of these are in a compact area known as the Museum Campus, which is easily walkable. Be on the lookout for free admissions days offered at many of the museums. 4. Catch a Show Chicago is one of the best music cities in the country and home of the blues. There is no shortage of music venues and festivals to enjoy, such as Lollapalooza, Riot Fest, The Chicago Jazz Festival, and many more. Performing arts has a long history in Chicago. Make sure to check out a comedy show at The Second City, where many of America’s most popular comedians and actors started. 5. Sports Chicago is home to a professional sports team from every major sport, and the city has a storied sports history. Make sure to see a Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Chicago Fire, Cubs, or White Sox game. What will you be, a Cubs or White Sox fan? Both? 6. The Food One of the most iconic food cities in America. People are serious about food in this city and are loyal to their restaurants. Over time you’ll find out where to get the best Chicago Style Hot Dog or Deep-Dish Pizza! The Taste of Chicago food festival, highlighting the city’s variety of cuisines, is a must. Check out Big Star tacos in the Wicker Park neighborhood. 7. The Architecture Chicago is known as the home of the modern skyscraper and was home of the world’s tallest building for 25 years. The city is an architect’s dream, so make sure to go on an architecture tour to learn about the history of the city. The Oak Park neighborhood has the world’s largest collection of homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. 8. Education Chicago is home to many universities, so you’ll have no shortage of friends to make and educational and career opportunities to create. The University of Chicago, DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, nearby Northwestern University, and many call Chicago home! 9. The Weather Chicago truly has four seasons, so if you’re interested in being in a location that has this, then this is your city. Warm, sunny summers and traditional springs and falls await. You’ll test your mettle for sure surviving a Chicago winter… just make sure to arrive with a warm winter coat! 10. The People Chicago is one of the most diverse cities in the United States. You’ll make friends from all walks of life and quickly learn why people in this Midwestern city are known as some of the friendliest in America.