The local atmosphere of DePaul is truly unparallel to that of any other university in the city. Lincoln Park is the neighborhood to reside in if you’re a college student or young 20-something, and DePaul’s campus is in the center of it all. Local businesses—bars, restaurants, bookstores, movie theaters—are populated primarily by DePaul students or recent graduates who haven’t been able to drag themselves away. For the most part, these businesses cater to the wants and needs of the college students in the area and seem generally glad to have students around. There are often deals and discounts to be had in a number the bars and restaurants surrounding campus if you show your DePaul student ID.
Students are never left hungry for entertainment with the many different venues for recreation and activities. Vendors even come right onto campus to offer deals and discounts to events all over the city. There is definitely something fun and different to do every night for students who are able to balance their academic load with their social life. Plus, a huge bonus is that if you ever grow bored of the Lincoln Park atmosphere—which is pretty unlikely—there are tons of other neighborhoods to explore in the city, all of which are very different from Lincoln Park. After all, this is Chicago. Overall, students at DePaul have access to the college-town atmosphere of Lincoln Park, the fast-paced environment of downtown, the relaxing, vacation-esque feel of Lake Michigan’s beach, and a lot more—all at their fingertips.