Commando303

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Hi. So, I'm considering the Illinois College of Optometry as whence I'll pursue my O.D., and I shall likely visit Chicago, soon. I wonder if those who're currently attending, or who have knowledge of the area, could discuss housing in the area.

I know I.C.O. runs its Residential Complex, but I'm not interested in the dorm-like nature of their suites, and their apartments are quite costly (also, I'm unsure how good they are). Any recommendations (what to avoid "anti-recommendations" will be useful, but I'd love to know of some places I should look into, too) would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
 

NorthernStar13

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If you go to ICO's website (www.ico.edu), go to "The View" student portal. To the right and down a bit, they have published information about the neighborhoods and relative prices/time to get to ICO. I also don't want to live in the RC, so I used that as a point of reference. I wish I could give you better, more detailed instructions, but I can't remember it exactly. Just don't live in the same area the school is! Heard it was pretty shady..
 

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The apartment style rooms in the RC aren't available to incoming first years, so that won't be an option for you. I would look into living in the South Loop if you don't have a car, Lincoln Park or Wrigleyville if you like nightlife, or the Gold Coast if money isn't an issue. These are all really nice neighborhoods where lots of ICO students live.
 

Commando303

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I've been to I.C.O.'s Web site a number of times, yet I never before clicked into that section, NorthernStar13.

Thanks, both.