Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Genetic Medicine

Living in Chicago

The Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling is housed in the heart of downtown Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan. The campus is easily accessible via public transportation, including several bus lines and the "El" train. Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own character. There is never a shortage of diversions, including great restaurants, live music, museum exhibits, and beautiful parks.


Students may choose to live downtown, close to the Northwestern campus, or in one of many Chicago neighborhoods. Both Lincoln Park and Lakeview are popular neighborhoods since campus is accessible by multiple routes of public transportation. Rents are higher downtown near campus, and generally cheaper the farther north you travel.

As finding housing may seem overwhelming, the following websites can help you jump start that search.


Public Transportation
Most students navigate the city of Chicago via public transportation. Visit the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Trip Planner or Google Transit to help plan your route via bus or El train. Almost all places in the Chicagoland area, including most rotation sites, are accessible via trains, buses, or a combination of both. The Northwestern campus is located near the Chicago Avenue Red Line stop, and can also be reached via multiple bus lines. Northwestern students receive discounted "U-Passes" (unlimited rides for ~$78/quarter), which can be used for both buses and trains.

Bicycle Commuting
Chicago is consistently ranked one of the top bike-friendly cities in the country. Commuting by bicycle has economic, environmental, and health benefits. Northwestern offers services and resources for bicycle riders, including bicycle parking and registration and free shower facilities at the Lake Shore Chicago Park District facility. The Chicago campus bike room at 321 E. Erie offers secure parking for an annual fee of $25.


Discounted parking is available in parking garages near campus on an annual, academic year or quarterly basis. In order to be eligible for these rates, students must live north of North Avenue, west of Halsted Street, or south of Congress Parkway.


Northwestern offers a discounted annual gym membership for full-time Chicago campus NU students (and spouse/partner) at L.A. Fitness Chicago-Streeterville, and Fitness Formula Club, private gyms near campus. In addition, members will also have use of the Chicago Park District's Lake Shore Field house and facilities.


Chicago offers a huge variety of entertainment options for weekends and study breaks. Visit the following websites for activity suggestions:

Explore parks and beaches for recreation, relaxation, and respite in nature. Excercise and relax along Lake Michigan on the Lakeshore Path. Millennium Park, just minutes from campus, hosts free concerts and events during warm-weather months, and also features an outdoor ice skating rink during winter. In addition, several world-class museums are located near campus, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry.