Your local Safeway market and the biggest groceries located downtown.
255 E Grand Ave (on Fairbanks between Grand and Illinois)
Your local Supervalu market.
550 N State St (State & Ohio)
1210 N Clark St (Clark & Division)
The nearest grocery store to campus.
680 N Lake Shore Drive (ground level of the "Playboy Building")
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Organic & Specialty Foods
Perfect for those high-quality and organic foods, with its typical indoor café. If you're a fan, be sure to check out the third largest Whole Foods in Lincoln Park, which is complete with a great food court.
30 W Huron St (Huron & Dearborn)
1550 N Kingsbury St (off North & Sheffield)
Fox & Obel
This local favorite offers high-quality and organic foods at a little extra cost, plus an indoor gourmet café. Don't bother with the over-priced cheerios, but be sure to check out the fresh baked breads, artisan cheeses and great tea selection!
401 E Illinois St (Illinois & McClurg, at the River East Art Center)
The well-known friendly store sells a large variety of specialty foods, perfect for entertaining, including a large selection of affordable wines.
44 E Ontario St (off Ontario & Wabash)
Stop by for a large selection of local and imported wines and liquors. They also have the best beer selection in Streeterville!
393 E Illinois St (Illinois & McClurg)
Chinatown Market (Chinatown)
The selection includes fresh Chinese produce and plenty of seafood and meat. Prices are cheaper than the downtown markets (as you might expect), making it worth the 12 minute ride on the CTA Red Line.
2121 S Archer Ave (off Archer and Wentworth)
Tai Nam Food Market (Argyle/Uptown)
This Vietnamese market offers a wider Asian selection and slightly lower prices than the Chinatown Market. It's worth the CTA Red Line ride to Argyle for hard-to-find foods or if you're in the mood for pho.
4925 N Broadway St (off Broadway & Argyle, in the Tai Nam Market Center)
Stock-up! There is one Chicago location, conveniently in Lincoln Park. No doubt you need a car after shopping at the wholesale store.
2746 N Clybourn Ave (Clybourn & Diversey & Damen)
Two-stories of cheap chic are accessible by the CTA Red Line to Roosevelt plus a short walk. Or find one in Lincoln Park.
1154 S Clark St (Roosevelt & Clark)
2656 N Elston Ave (Elston & Diversey)
There is a sole Chicago location in the West Side for "everyday low prices." Suburban locations include Forest Park, Bedford Park, and Niles, each 10-12 miles away from Downtown Chicago.
4650 W North Ave (off North & Cicero)
The Big K is accessible by the CTA Blue Line to Division, though car/cab is probably more convenient.
1360 N Ashland Ave (Ashland & Milwaukee & Division)
3443 W Addison St (Addison & Elston & Kimball)
Your local and ubiquitous drugstore. The Walgreens on Michigan & Chicago is open 24 hours.
201 E Huron (ground floor in Galter Pavilion)
342 E Illinois St (Illinois & McClurg)
757 N Michigan Ave (Michigan & Chicago)
430 N Michigan Ave (Michigan & Hubbard)
Many locations, though none in Streeterville.
205 N Michigan (Michigan & Lake)
121 W Kinzie St (Kinzie & LaSalle
1201 N State St (State & Division)
The sleek store includes a Genius Bar and Workshops for Mac and iPod users (remember to make appointments in-store or online). And Don't forget your education discount!
679 N Michigan Ave (Michigan & Huron)
Conveniently located in the John Hancock Center. Also in Lincoln, which is accessible by the CTA Red Line to North/Clybourn plus a short walk.
875 N Michigan Ave (Hancock)
1000 W North Ave (off North & Sheffield)
555 W Roosevelt Rd (Roosevelt & Clinton)
Convenient locations for hardware needs. At the Streeterville location, beware that key duplication is not reliable.
680 N Lake Shore Drive (ground level in the "Playboy Building")
24 W Maple St (off State & Maple)
440 N Orleans St (Orleans & Hubbard)
Locations include Lincoln Park and South Loop.
1300 S Clinton St (Roosevelt & Clinton, South Loop)
1232 W North Ave (off North & Elston, Lincoln Park)
2665 N Halsted St (off Halsted & Diversey, Lincoln Park)
Textbooks, scrubs, and souvenirs are available.
710 N Lake Shore Drive (ground floor in Abbott Hall)
352 W Grand Ave (Grand & Orleans, at the base of the Ohio St ramp)
6 S State St (State & Madison)
1101 S Canal St (off Roosevelt & Canal)
111 N Wabash Ave (Wabash & Washington)
1130 S Canal St (off Roosevelt & Canal, South Loop)
2484 N Elston Ave (Elston & Fullerton & Damen)
River East (Now LA Fitness)
Make use of sharp discounts at this world-class health club! Chicago Campus students pay just only $180 for a full year's access to free fitness classes, tons of free weights, machines, and an indoor pool (that's like $600 off the cover price)
355 E Grand Ave (Grand & McClurg, at the River East Center)
Join at the Activities Fair during Orientation Week, or visit Holmes Place and ask for the Northwestern deal.
The Lake Front
Chicago boasts an 18-mile path along Lake Michigan, ideal for walking, running and walking for whatever distance fits you. The path offers water fountains, beaches, and city/lake views. It is accessible from Streeterville at Lake Shore Drive & Illinois, Grand, or Chicago, and Oak & Michigan
Just east of Lake Shore Drive
Lake Shore Park
Tennis. Track. Basketball. Baseball. It's a calm getaway just across from the Ward Building
808 N Lake Shore Drive (between Chicago & Pearson, Lake Shore Drive & the MCA)
Ohio Street Beach
Sorry, no volleyball at this beach. But it's still great for frisbee, football, and tanning. Just outside of Navy Pier, it is reachable from the lake front path and Grand or Illinois.
Oak Street Beach
The beach snuggles into the bend in Lake Shore Drive, a popular destination for beach volleyball. Reachable from the lake front path and from North Michigan Avenue at Oak Street.
North Avenue Beach
Plenty of beach volleyball courts line Lincoln Park's most popular beach. Anchored by Castaways Bar & Grill, the beach is a decent walk from Streeterville (1.5 miles) and offers world-famous views of the lake front skyline.
Great for outdoor soccer. Accessible by Bus 148 (15-20 minutes from Streeterville) or bike.
4400 N Lake Shore Drive (Montrose & Lake Shore Drive)
Located on the Evanston Campus, this athletic center offers basketball, tennis, racquetball, and squash courts in addition to a swimming pool and running track—all indoors. Don't forget students can reach the Evanston Campus via the Intercampus Shuttle (use the Sargeant Hall stop)
Henry Crown Sports Pavilion & Norris Aquatics Center
2311 Campus Dr (Evanston Campus)
See Fitness, Aquatics, and Recreational Sports for information and schedules.
Sine Qua Non
This may be a bit pricier at $50 a cut, but there are many stylists and the place is unpretentious.
2766 N Lincoln Ave (Lincoln & Diversey)
Come here for more trendy haircuts. You may also choose to ask for apprentice hair stylists.
712 N Wabash Ave (Wabash & Huron)
For Special Types of Hair
Mena's Hair Design
This Egyptian hair salon is great for straightening (thermal) natural hair. They also do relaxers. And don't miss Wings Around the World next door, which serves 34 different flavored sauces for chicken wings.
325 E 35th St (35th & Dr Martin L King Dr, near IIT)
Holy Name Cathedral
Seat of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the inspiring, hundred-year-old cathedral holds Sundays and Saturday vigil masses.
735 N State St (State & Superior)
Sheil Catholic Center, Chicago
The on-campus community celebrates Wednesday masses at lunchtime and sponsors events throughout the year, including Ash Wednesday.