Black Wednesday, Are You In?

16 Nov

The week of Thanksgiving is always jam packed with things to do. Wednesday night a.k.a Thanksgiving Eve is when people like to get together to drink and party with their friends. The next day is Thanksgiving which means lots of delicious hangover food (or awkward family moments). Then comes Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year with every store competing to offer the best prices and deals. Although Black Friday is considered the biggest shopping day of year, Black Wednesday is like an unofficial holiday. It is the busiest night for bars across the city and probably the most memorable night of the week of Thanksgiving.

This is great for college students, because everyone comes back home for the holiday. Black Wednesday is a chance to reconnect with old friends and share crazy college stories over a nice cold beer, or loosen up before that oh-so-eventful family-filled Thanksgiving dinner.  November weather in Chicago has been pretty unpredictable and amazing, so hopefully it stays that way and we don’t have to freeze our butts off on the way to the next bar!

On another note, have you ever wondered why it’s called “Black Wednesday?” We did too!  It was coined the term, “Black Wednesday,” because of the high traffic and volume of people at the bars. CCL wanted to find you the best bar deals in Chicago, so we searched high and low to see which places had the most to offer in lieu of this unofficial holiday. Here are some great places to start:






Bull & Bear

431 N. Wells St.


This year is Bull & Bear’s second annual Black Wednesday Bash.

The deal: $3 Coors light bottles

$5 Malibu, Absolut, and Jameson cocktails






RockIt Bar & Grill

3700 N. Clark

Chicago, IL

The deal: $40 food and drink package. Starts at 9pm, includes cocktails, domestic beer, house red and white wine. Sorry folks this deal excludes shots and Red Bull.


Morgan’s Bar & Grill on Maxwell Street

1325 South Halsted Street

Chicago, IL

The deal: $3 Domestic bottles

$3 Domestic drafts

Junior’s Sports Lounge

724 West Maxwell Street

Chicago, IL

The deal: $5 Mojitos

$5 Specialty Drinks

Hawkeye’s Bar & Grill

1458 West Taylor Street

Chicago, IL

The deal: Altos $3 Blue Agave shots

$3 Altos Margarita and Altos Strawberry Margaritas

Corona & Corona light bottles

Pacifico and Victoria 
Bottles $4.00 Buckets $18.00

1/2 Price pizzas after 3P.M.








Hamilton’s Bar and Grill

6341 North Broadway Street

Chicago, IL

The Deal: $3 Coors Light jumbo drafts

$3.50 Blue MF-ers

$4 Car Bombs









Bruno and Tim’s Lounge and Liquor

6562 North Sheridan Road

Chicago, IL

The Deal: $2.50 PBR

$2.50 Bud Light Golden Wheat

$2.75 Domestics

$3.75 Imports

Whether you go to school at DePaul,UIC or Loyola, we found places close to these universities for you and your friends to enjoy great deals before you head home for the holiday! You’ll be wishing you had that drink next time you’re out Christmas shopping. Happy Holidays and cheers to a hang over free Thanksgiving!



Let Your Spirit Guide You

12 Nov

Judaism SymbolOne of the goals of Chicago College Life (CCL) is to encourage students to be active and join different organizations.  Many of our previous posts have highlighted various social, political, and community groups and organizations for college students to take part in. For Example: Student Activism: The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, Meet Saba, That’s Pretty Good Stuff Want to get involved? A Student Shares Her Experiences.   However, we have yet to address another type of organization that has just as much of an impact on student’s lives: religion. Our staff would like to branch out and share more details about religious organizations and how students benefit from them. Therefore, CCL surveyed numerous students in order to gain different perspectives about religion on campus, and why religious organizations appeal to them.

Buddhist Symbol







Rhonda, a professor at St. Xavier University, based her perspective benefits students may gain from involvement with religious organizations from her own experience as a very active member in the Catholic Church. Rhonda says:

“When students are involved in a religious organization, it allows them to meet people who have the same beliefs, or meet people who really don’t have the same beliefs. This becomes a learning experience for students. They get to share ideas, stories, faith, and spread joy and love with others.”

There were also students who expressed guilt from having strayed from their religion, and wish to regain their faith by expressing their emotional needs with others who felt like that had missed out. Abby, a student at IIT has recently joined the Catholic Spiritual Life, explains, “A simple way for college students to really express their emotions is to participate in religious groups and organizations that only speak spiritually.”


Islamic Symbol

In addition, it is beneficial for students to join religious organizations, because it allows them to be spiritually active. Claudia, a student at IIT, shares her opinion:

Students always get involved in some type of organization, but many do not promote religion. Most organizations deal with sororities and fraternities. When a student joins a religious group it becomes more of a serious issue to them, because it’s somewhere they can speak about family issues, and ask religious questions that they didn’t have answers to. Students go through a lot during a school year, so joining a spiritual/religious organization can help keep them involved in something that is a life changing experience.

Joining a religious organization can actually make students that are away from home and outside their religious culture feel a little closer to home. On the UIC Campus, the John Paul II Newman Center is a Catholic center and church that allows students of all religions and belief systems to use their space and resources, to come in and pray and seek guidance in whatever they need emotionally.

St. Paul Chapel
Map of Newman Chapel’s Location at UIC

There are many options for students who are interested in participating in religious groups. In Chicago, private universities such as DePaul and St. Xavier practice Catholicism as their main religion. Therefore, students have the opportunity to experience the many religious organizations available at their schools. At schools like IIT, students are notified about various religions, and are able to learn and gain access to these religions at orientation before they even start school!







All in all, a great majority of students do not realize the positive effect of participating in religious groups. After surveying various college campuses, it was clear that students enjoy religious organizations because it is a significant stress reliever from school and they offer a great support system for those who are suffering from pressure at work, or hardships at home. Let your spirit be your guide, and explore a religious group today!

Leadership in the City: An Interview.

10 Nov

Valerie L. Holmes

Valerie L. Holmes, the Associate Director for Student Development Services, explains why leadership is so important. One of her responsibilities include working with leadership development. She has a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration and has worked for several other universities. This is her 10th year working in student affairs, so given her background, she was a great person to talk to about the importance of leadership as it relates to students.

Chicago College Life: What is leadership and what are your perceptions about it?

Valerie L. Holmes: The most widely known definition of leadership comes from a group of scholars in higher education. It is defined as a relational process of people together, attempting to accomplish change or make a difference to benefit the common good. What that means is, there has to be a positive and mutually beneficial relationship between the people involved and that they are attempting to accomplish positive change. For me personally though, although that is the definition of leadership that I teach most, I think there are very specific attributes to good leaders. Not everyone has the ability or capacity to master those attributes and I think that leadership can be both positive and negative.

CCL: Why is it important for students to learn leadership? How does it benefit them academically?

VLH: I think it’s important for students to learn about leadership because of what I call personal leadership discovery. In doing that, one finds out about him or herself, their personality, likes and dislikes, how they react and behave during times of stress and challenge or celebration and joy, how they treat other people, what they like about how other people treat them, etc. They learn about congruency between their own beliefs and actions and how to interact with people and yield a positive result.

It’s beneficial to them in several different ways. It teaches responsibility, accountability and how to think critically, which is important for students. It helps to strategically think about one’s life, as it relates to other people, and what it takes to be a support to someone. I think it also exposes them to different concepts that challenge their own past views of things and therefore allows them make their own decisions. In my opinion, leadership experiences and concepts are the things that connect the classroom learning with experiential learning. It brings them together and solidifies the collegiate experience.

CCL: What about learning leadership for a future career?

VLH: Leadership in a career is very important because employers are looking for students who have very specific skills. Not just as it relates to the actual field but skills that happen to be general. Those are the skills of communication and interpersonal relations. Employers are having a harder time finding graduates that have these skills. Students can be highly capable of doing the technical part of the job, but if they don’t have those general skills, they won’t get hired. Who would want to have to micromanage someone who they’re paying all this money for?  You say you’re an adult and that you’re capable, competent, and ready for the responsibility, but if you don’t know how to interact with people, then really you’re not a total package. So, when students participate in our programs around leadership or they do their own leadership self discovery, it opens the door for them to start learning more about how to interact with other people and that shows in an interview. Even just with answering generic interview questions, you can tell who has good interpersonal and communication skills and who does not.

CCL: You mentioned campus activities earlier. Could you mention some programs you have?

VLH: Well, I was brought in to revamp the office because we don’t have very much right now. But, some offices on different campuses have what we call “leadership staples.” You’re always going to have leadership workshops and conferences and we have both of those things here at UIC. We have been working on trying to come up with a workshop series that’s interesting and presented in a way that will be palatable to the students. In addition to those generic leadership offerings that other campuses have, we also have a luncheon series, a seminar series, and one on one consultations.

CCL: What are some general, well-known leadership resources?

Some resources mentioned by Valerie.

VLH: It depends on what field you’re in because well-known is subjective. From the business world standpoint, things such as StrengthQuest, Fish Philosophy, Whale Done or anything by Spencer Johnson is great. He’s written a lot of books on leadership and management. Kouzes and Posner and Susan Komives have great books coming from the student affairs standpoint. We try to integrate both the business and student development side of leadership and use things such as Who Moved my Cheese, True Colors, and the Student Leadership Practices Inventory. We also offer different academic workshops for students that are ran by administrators. They use simulations like the Archie Bunker’s Neighborhood and BaFa’ BaFa’ to showcase intergroup dynamics and how leadership comes into play in situations.

CCL: Do you have any last words for students?

VLH: In my heart, I feel very firmly that participating in the free leadership and free community service programs that your campus offers is the easiest, cheapest, and most fun way to make the biggest impact on your future. It’ll help you in your personal and academic life and future career. You’ll be exposed to things that people pay thousands of dollars for in the corporate world. It will give you a leg up over other candidates because you sort of already know the concepts of leadership. It lets you think about what you do in your life and not just going through life and letting it happen to you. You understand it and can tap into your own potential and make strategic plans for your future.

Here are some references for Depaul and Loyola students. Don’t forget to check out your own school’s leadership resources and take advantage of them.

Some fliers from Student Development Services’ leadership programs/events:

Get Out & Explore Chicago

9 Nov

Chicago College Life understands that as college students, time and money are two things we value.  Sometimes we don’t have enough time to plan out new events, so we stick to routines with our friends: partying at the same house, weekly Jersey Shore nights, and even going to the same bars and restaurants for their specials.  Living in the city can also mean that getting the true nightlife experience can cost you your whole paycheck.

Don’t worry.  Chicago College Life is here to help you change up your routine with a new way to experience Chicago events & nightlife this week!


Tuesday:  Looking for a good laugh?  Check out local comedians at Comedy Tuesdays at Old Town Pub located at 1339 North Wells Street.  Best part of this?  It’s free to get in! 

Wednesday:  Want a new spin on an old game?  Head over to Joe’s on Weed Street (940 West Weed Street) for Raunchy Bingo at 8pm.  The game is only $10 and while there, enjoy some of the drink specials! 

Thursday:  Are you a movie goer?  Check out the Chicago Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival.  Theaters are participating across the city and the shows range from $8-10.

Friday: Looking for a dose of drama?  Check out the Steppenwolf Theater’s production of To Kill A Mockingbird. Student tickets are $15 at the box office at 1650 North Halsted. 

Saturday: Like free beer?  Check out the Half Acre Beer Company tour!  RSVP for the 1pm tour!  (4257 North Lincoln Avenue)

Sunday: Are you a football fanatic? Join Bears, Bus & Beer at O’Donovans (2100 West Irving Park Avenue).  Its $10 first come, first serve!  So get there early!

Monday: Want to visit the fishes?  The Shedd Aquarium is having a community discount day on the 15th!  Admission is free to all the basics and there are discounts on the special exhibits.

Got more ideas?  Let us know!


Student Activism: The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

8 Nov
By: Anastasia

Which side are you on?!

I never thought I’d take a road trip to Washington D.C with my senior seminar class on Halloween weekend. It was so out of the ordinary, spontaneous, and exciting! I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join my classmates in what I felt would be a historical moment for media students. Our class is a special topic in communications at UIC titled “Fake News.” This course looks at the blend between media, news, and entertainment in comedy shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report. These shows are a relatively new genre because they offer political commentary with a comedic twist. Also, they are quick to point out inconsistencies in the media and the hypocrisy of the government. After many exaggerated new reports and disappointing actions made by political leaders, Stewart and Colbert hosted the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on October 30th at the National Square Mall in Washington D.C.

Jon Stewart explains the significance behind the rally in an interview with Larry King on CNN:

Our communications class had observed Stewart and Colbert’s criticism of the media and politicians over the course of the semester, and we were eager to show support for an event that was asking for more quality reporting and an outlet for moderate political views.

Many people who attended had signs and costumes to express their opinion on different issues.

Our class at the Westin Hotel in D.C.

Seven-hundred miles and fourteen hours later, we finally arrived at the nation’s capital; ready to take a stand against extremism, and fight for reasonableness! Thousands of people gathered at the National Mall on Saturday to engage in intellectual conversation, respectfully disagree with political media, or simply because they were die-hard Stewart/Colbert fans and were looking to have a good time. The atmosphere at the rally was positive, and everyone was either cheering for sanity or marching to keep fear alive!

Here is a clip with footage from the event:

The crowd at the rally!

The rally was packed with performances by The Roots, Ozzie Osbourne, Tony Bennett, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow. My favorite part of the Rally is when Stewart and Colbert gave medallions to people who they felt should be rewarded for reasonableness or courage to withstand fear. Of those that I talked to who attended, they were not sure what to expect out of the rally. Some people thought that the gathering had to the power to change peoples’ perspectives on politics and the media, while others felt it didn’t have much significance at all. In my opinion, Stewart and Colbert have a lot of political influence, but they hide their power behind humor. In addition, I feel their reporting has made them into American Icons, and the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear has the power to make an impact on popular culture.

College students are becoming increasingly active in politics, and now more than ever is the time to take a stand in what you believe in. For me, like many people who attended the rally, I feel like we’re living in a time where we have to choose sides. Politics are polarized and the media creates drastic reports about the current state of our economy as if our days are nearing an end. Take a stand and volunteer or join a local organization of your choice. YOU can make a difference at your school or in your community. Get started by checking out the student organizations at your urban university:





Ready for the Real World?

5 Nov

From the first few weeks of college, while cramming for exams and pulling all-nighters to finish those annoying 15 page papers, you say to yourself, “Man, I can’t wait to graduate.”  But a couple years later when that time finally comes, do you still feel that way?  Chicago College Life is here to share some real opinions from some Chicago college seniors who are (almost) ready to enter the “real world” and see if all that hard work was worth it.

You're almost done with undergrad, now what?

Graduating from college is not as easy as taking all of the required classes for your major and getting your diploma.  Each college and major have different requirements for finals projects, interviews and seminar classes that senior students are required to complete prior to graduation.  Whitney, a Secondary Math Education major from DePaul University, explained,

“On top of having to get through my last set of classes this quarter while searching for a job, I also have to complete an exit interview for my honors program.  I knew the interview was coming, I just wasn’t ready to cram one more thing into my crazy schedule.”

You can learn from Whitney’s struggle with time management by meeting with an academic advisor or counselor at least once every quarter or semester to make sure that you are on track with your classes and well-aware of any your major’s graduation requirements you have to complete before getting that diploma.

“Full Time Job?  Oh, yeah!  I better get one of those!”  joked Mike, a Civil Engineering major from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“I can’t believe I’m already a senior and graduating in a couple of weeks.  It’s hard to believe that I’m going to have to give up the college lifestyle that I’ve learned to love and have to turn into a responsible adult with a nine to five job.”

When asked how he is preparing to enter the real world, Mike explained, “I’ve been sending out my resume to potential employers in the city and suburbs, and so far I only have one interview lined up.  Cross your fingers I get it!”

Be prepared with an updated resume and cover letter!

Make sure to have an updated resume and cover letter that is prepared to be sent out and make sure to revise them for each application so they complement the job requirements and description.  Many Universities offer career services that help you create a unique resume and cover letter, and they will even assist in editing these documents!

Don't worry, this won't be you during your first interview!

Interview seminars may also be offered by your college, many of which conduct mock interviews to help you learn how to prepare for and execute the first nerve-wrecking interviews with potential employers.  Another way to prepare for graduation is to attend the job fairs that may be held at your school and in the Chicago area.  It’s a great opportunity to show off your networking skills and see what jobs are available so you can determine what type of company or organization that you’re interested in working for.

“I never thought I would be saying this after 16 years of school, but I’m going to grad school.  I think it’s the smartest move for me right now,”

explained Josie, an English major from Loyola University Chicago.   “The job market is growing, but I’m still sure that getting a job won’t be easy.  I figure, why not stay in school and get my Master’s Degree?  What’s two more years of school anyway?”

If you are like Josie and would like to pursue another degree, be sure to check out grad school fairs both at your university and in the Chicago area, ask your professors about programs they recommend and conduct your own online research to find programs that interest you and will help you transition into a career after completing graduate school.

Although undergraduates are excited to receive their diplomas and start their professional careers, entering the work force can be intimidating and unpredictable.  Chicago College Life understands the insecurities associated with change and that is why we created a check list for how to prepare yourself for the transition from college student to young professional or graduate student.

What's your next move?

Take advantage of the career resources offered by your university and don’t hesitate to explore all of your options post graduation!  Ready or not Chicago, here come a new group of young professionals!



Surviving the Single Life in College :)

4 Nov

Be single. Be happy.

Ahh, it’s that time of year again! Cool air, warm drinks, and the need to snuggle. If you’re single, don’t stress. Society tells us that humans are meant to have close relationships (which you might have learned in your sociology or anthro class), and if we don’t have that, something’s up. Being in college is the time in your life before the real world comes knocking at your door. For some people, this is the best time to get to know yourself and frame your life the way you want it. CCL wants to give you a few reasons to not fret/what to do if you’re single in college.

  1. Concentrate more or your work: You’re in college and I’m sure you knew that, which means there should be many, many hours spent studying. If you have one less person to worry about, you can put that energy towards studying and homework. It’s possible to slack off in school if you’re spending much time with a significant other. Take advantage of this time and make your school your main priority.
  2. Have a “you” day or night: Don’t have a date? That’s cool! People always say, “If you can’t be happy alone, how can you be happy with someone else?” Take yourself to a nice restaurant, take up a hobby, go to the gym, do something. Keeping yourself busy will keep you sane and prevent your mind from wandering.
  3. Make more friends: Sometimes if you’re in a relationship, you spend most of your time with that person. It’s important to build relationships with other for many purposes. These can be personal reasons or since you’re in college, these new friends can help you network for internships, jobs, volunteering, etc.
  4. Make your own decisions: College is a time to be free. You don’t want to have to hear from anyone else. You can be independent and plan out what you want for yourself. It will make you happier in the long run if you learn how to do this now.
  5. Understand the real you: With so many things going on, you could lose sight of who you are as a person. You are more than a college student, athlete, tutor, or whatever you are. It’s extremely vital that you realize that you should not be what you are being molded out to be. It’s better to be yourself and come to terms with who you are. Don’t be defined by your relationships.

Here’s a video from a life/relationship coach about being single in college:

Being a Parent in College: Rubi’s Story

3 Nov

This week Megan of Chicago College Life, interviewed a young woman named Rubi who is a Chicago college mom currently pursuing a degree in business administration. Rubi sat down with me and explained how she deals with juggling school, work, and family life; She also gave advice for other college parents. With reality shows such as Teen Mom on MTV, we have been able to get a glimpse of what life is like for both high school parents as well as college parents. There have been several seasons that have followed the stories of four young women and their transitions from high school to college as parents. We have seen their struggles; however, the cameras are not always rolling so we can’t really know what their life is like. Since our blog is focused on college life in the city, what better way to find out about this topic than asking a Chicago college student herself?

Megan: Did you have your son in mind when you chose business administration as your major?

Rubi: Yes. I chose business because I want to continue to work in the administrative field. The common Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 work week with weekends off, are beneficial for me as a parent. It allows me enough time in the evenings and weekends to go to school and get things done around the house on a steady schedule. I also chose business administration because it will help me advance in the job that I have now. A business degree is needed in a wide variety of fields which provides a wider range of opportunities.

Rubi & Her Son Joey

M: College is so time consuming. How do you balance your time between school, work, and taking care of your son?

R: You need to schedule your time wisely.  Make sure you have back ups in case of emergencies. Be very aware of your time and how you spend it.  Try to be organized as well.

M: Are there any resources at your college for parents? (i.e. daycare)

R: There was a daycare center in one of the schools I attended, which I think is a great idea. However, I did not have enough time to pick my son up from school, then drive to my school and get to class on time, so I was not able to utilize it. Instead, I had to rely on my family and babysitters to watch my son while I went to class.

M: Since you’ve been in college have you been forced to give up anything? Also, what are good strategies parents can do to work on their homework when they do not have a babysitter?

R: Yes. I had to give up time for myself. To get your homework done or study, use all of your available time like when your child is napping. I also have my son do his homework at the same time as me so we can both get our work done. If your child is older, you can also ask them to quiz you on your information. You can bond with them as well as get your work done.

M: Do you think colleges are flexible enough with their schedule of class times?

R: Yes. Most colleges offer online classes as well as evening and weekend classes. Since I work full time, I don’t have the time to go to school during the day so this is very beneficial for me.

M: If someone takes a leave of absence from school, do you think it is likely they will go back or would you not recommend taking a break?

R: I don’t recommend it, but it also depends on your situation and level of support. I have actually taken a break myself and returned to school. I am on a break now and I am finding it hard to go back so I wouldn’t suggest taking a break unless you really have to. Your education is very important to your future, and you have to find a way to prioritize to make sure you finish.

M: Do you think it is a good idea to wait until your child is older to go to college?

R: No, start as soon as possible the younger they are, the easier it is to get your work done. When they are older they require more of your time and attention where as when they are babies they sleep a lot. When they’re babies they’re not really aware of the amount of time they share with you.

M: What advice would you give to other college moms?

R: It takes a lot of discipline in order to stay on track. I would advise college parents to establish a support system. In other words, make sure you have a couple back ups when it comes to your baby-sitters. For example, if your primary sitter is not able to watch your child on the night of an important exam, you want to be sure that you have someone else you can count on just in case.  Missing an exam can greatly affect your final grade. Also, make sure to stay on schedule.  Try to plan things out ahead of time that way it’s easier to stay focused on what you’re doing right now. I like to use my calendar reminders on my phone often, otherwise I’ll forget just about anything. And very importantly, don’t get discouraged if it takes you double the years to get your degree. Time goes so fast and before you know it, you’re already there.

I want to thank Rubi for her time and valuable advice. This is a topic we have not yet covered in our blog and I felt this was an important issue that needed to be addressed so that all of our readers can benefit from our blog. There are many college parents out there who get discouraged and often give up on their education. College parents need support; they cannot do it on their own. I hope that this post gave you some insight into the life of a college parent and provided college parents with some useful advice that will not only motivate you, but help you to figure out a plan of action to succeed.


2 Nov

Did studying for midterms keep you busy? It’s time to clear your mind and reward yourself with a weekend which I call the weekend of Arabic-Spa. This spa includes a a night with hookah, belly dancers, Arabic music and some drinking that is not what you’re used to; this time it’s included in your hookah. HUH?!

The flavors that are involved with hookah vary. The best flavors are those created by its founders and frequent users -the pros. Many people think that they know how to switch up the original method of using water with their hookah by using milk or juice products instead. Let me introduce you to a real mind-blowing method that is used by the real pros.

First, you need to forget about making the hookah with water, milk, and juice. There is a certain drink known as Ouzo Plomari that is needed to put in the hookah but this drink is hard to find at any liquor store because it is an international drink. It may be easier to find this drink in areas where there are many Arabs and Greeks such as Orland Park and Oak Lawn. It is possible to find it at any Arabic liquor store, but you would have to ask for it in Arabic which is known as Araq; and you may purchase it at a maximum cost of $20.


Another thing to change is the herbal hookah (tobacco) and purchase an Indian tobacco known as Soex which costs $9.99 a packet. This kind of tobacco is nicotine free, tobacco free, and tar free which allows you to smoke it for a long time without getting dizzy or feeling nauseate. Many lounges have this kind of herbal, and you can ask them when you request your hookah for the flavor you desire.



When going to a hookah lounge, try bringing your Ouzo drink and request that it be filled with water because some Arabic entertainment places may inhabit hookah and may not have the drink.

The best places that serve hookah around the city are based on what they serve from belly dancing shows and dinner.

Exotic Moroccan Hookah Lounge– Includes belly dancers

Ambrosia café

For belly dancer shows, I suggest you go to the Horseshoe Casino which is a great place that offers belly dancers.

For Arabic music, do not just search for Arabic music online, but try to go to an Arabic concert. These concerts are coming soon to the Horseshoe known

Wael Kfoury

as Arabian Nights. On Friday the 12th of this month, there is an upcoming Arabic singer named Wael Kfoury that is coming to sing at the casino, along with other. You can purchase tickets from the casino website.

If you really want to experience a different but fun weekend, you may want to consider the Arabic-spa. The prices are not too expensive and will not “break you.”


Money Hungry

1 Nov

Are tuition and fees burning a hole in your pocket? Did you spend all of your money at the club last weekend? Chicago College Life recognizes how the city presents many tempting opportunities for you to spend your hard earned dollars on going out with friends, shopping, and other types of entertainment. It also doesn’t help that the cost of books and supplies continue to rise, which makes it more difficult to pay for school. So we came up with several easy and fun ways for money hungry college students to get some cash back in your wallet!

Focus Groups: Many companies often seek college-aged students to participate and share their opinions about a certain type of product.  Participants can be compensated anywhere from $50-$150. Felicia from UIC highly recommends focus group studies after she attended one for Pantene Pro-V:

“I was paid $150 to talk about my experience with the product. They also asked us to participate in different activities that would help the company better market Pantene Pro-V to their target group. It was pretty cool—I only had to stay about an hour and I got a nice chunk of change out of it!”

There are several different types of marketing research that you can participate in. For example, Focuscope Inc asks people to also volunteer for taste tests, product testing, media evaluation, and in-home studies. Other popular focus groups in Chicago include: Adler-Weiner Research Co., National Data Research, Focus Pointe Global, and Schlesinger Associates.

Sell Back Your Books: The semester is almost over, and it’s never too early to start thinking about selling back your books. There are many students who fall victim to their university bookstore, and get back not even a fraction of what they originally paid! Various students have chosen to skip their university book store and create a seller profile with widely used websites such as Ebay (, Amazon, and Chegg. However, Facebook Marketplace is a new feature that is quickly becoming the most popular source for buying and selling books among college students. The power to sell and trade is put in the hands of students and it makes searching for books convenient and effective. Nicholas from Roosevelt proclaimed his love for Facebook Marketplace:

“Marketplace is awesome! I like it because the books I sell mainly go to other students around Chicago, and I don’t have to worry about shipping it across the nation. Also, since textbooks are being sold by students themselves, they tend to be reasonably priced.”

Resale Shops: Why throw away your old clothes when you can get money for them? Resale stores are a great way to earn easy money for your old apparel as well as explore some new fashion! In addition, they only take lightly worn clothing, and they’re always stocked with up-to-date styles and the latest trends. This is especially useful for college students who shop on a budget. Lindsay from Loyola is a frequent resale shopper,  

“I live for resale shops! My favorite place to go is the Brown Elephant, but there are so many other places in Chicago that people can check out. I go there maybe once a month and can earn up to $50 for my old clothes.”

A new resale shop just opened up in the heart of UIC’s University Village Area called The Bottomline. It specializes in professional wear, but they also have vintage clothing and brand name apparel. Lastly, feel free to sell back or browse through racks at these Chicago resale hot spots: My Sisters Closet, Mr. and Mrs. Digz, Buy Choice, NEW’D, and Land of The Lost

Entertainment: Chicago is a staple for creative production and entertainment moguls. One of the most interesting ways you can “make it rain” is to apply for a temporary position as an event worker, model, movie/TV extra, or club promoter—the possibilities are endless!

Neal from DePaul was an extra for a new Chicago TV drama, “I kinda just stumbled upon the opportunity, and I thought ‘shit I’m not doin’ anything else!’ I was paid $100 to stand around for a few hours and hang out.

Brittany from Loyola regularly searches for club events that are in need of promotional models, “I do this in addition to another part-time job I have. I usually work club events about three times a month and can make $300-$500. I get paid to look good and party. It’s the easiest job in the world!”

Brittany and Neal both recommend going to Craiglist to search for different temporary job opportunities within the entertainment industry. Make sure you access Craigslist for Chicago, and look under the “Gigs” section. You can also click on either “event,” “talent,” or “creative” to find different jobs that appeal to you.

There you have it—four fun and easy ways to earn cash (fast!). Whether you’re looking to make ends meet, or need some extra play money, these are all ideas recommended FOR students BY students. Chicago College Life encourages you to explore these options if you ever find yourself in a “money hungry” situation. Don’t just stand there, bust a move!

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