Top 10 Places Every Tourist Should Visit in Chicago

By Toma Toma

Chicago, aka the Windy City, is known for its beautiful landscapes and most iconic skyscrapers, for Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox baseball games, restaurants with great views of the city, museums and more. However, there are ten top places every tourist should visit while in Chicago, even though U.S. News and World Report  ranked them slightly different from the list bellow. All these must-see attractions are situated in the heart of Chicago which makes it easier to move from one to the other.

Skydeck Chicago -The top attraction in Chicago for visitors to make pictures from a glass balcony on 103rd floor in the Willis Tower. For few years it was the tallest building in the world, and now ranks the 16th tallest in the world. 1,450 feet high, this amazing attraction gives a spectacular view of the city and a unique experience.


360 Chicago – An unforgettable experience of a platform made out of glass and steel that tilts visitors from 94th floor of John Hancock Center toward a breathtaking view of Magnificent Mile at 360 degrees. For those who are not afraid of heights, this is a must-try attraction.


The Magnificent Mile – The perfect avenue right in the heart of Chicago which offers amazing skyscrapers, luxury hotels, popular restaurants and best shopping experience. From  John Hancock Center till  DuSable Bridge, tourists can visit few landmarks like Trump International Hotel & Tower, the Chicago Tribune building, and NBC Chicago Tower.

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Millennium Park – A public park with a spectacular view of Chicago’s downtown reflected in the Cloud Gate, also known as The Bean, and Pritzker Pavilion known for outdoor cultural performances. During the Summer, visitors can attend the  Chicago Jazz Festival, or enjoy free concerts and movies. All they need is a blanket and some snacks.

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Art Institute of Chicago – A real treasure of Chicago that helds unique collections from Medieval, Renaissance, Contemporary and Modern artwork. Visitors can explore Picasso’s Mother and child, 1921, Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Latte, 1884, artwork from Monet, Caillebotte, Rembrandt and others.

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Chicago River Cruise  – A memorable experience in a boat on Lake Michigan while learning the history of Chicago’s skyscrapers. This attraction is perfect for a weekend with family or friends, while enjoying the Chicago Riverwalk or taking a lunch with a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan.

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Buckingham Fountain – An iconic sculpture with a spectacular view of Chicago’s skyscrapers. Usually, the newlyweds come here to take memorable pictures at the romantic fountain that offers a spectacular water show accompanied by light and music display from dusk till 10 p.m.

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The Field Museum of Natural History  – A great museum that offers an adventurous journey of exploring the past. The Field Museum is mostly known for the exhibition of Sue which is the largest dinosaur from Tyrannosaurus rex species and best preserved.

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Navy Pier – A pier situated on the Lake Michigan’ shoreline that attracts visitors for its centennial wheel and year-round expositions. At Navy Pier, visitors can enjoy an Odyssey Dining Cruise during night when the amazing skyline’s view of the city is best seen along with some spectacular fireworks.

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The Chicago Theatre  – A theatre designed in a French Baroque style that welcomes its visitors for various concerts, musicals and broadway shows. The Chicago Theater has become an iconic place for visitors to make pictures as its vertical sign depicts the symbol of the city.

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Google Trends: UIC vs DePaul, and the Beauty Industry

By Toma Talpa

Education: Public or Private University, Which One is Worth to Attend?

Education has always been an issue for students graduating from high school or college when it came to attend a university and its tuition. Public universities are known to have a better price, while the private ones tend to be more fancy. So which one is worth to attend?

Let’s take a look at University of Illinois at Chicago, a public school, and DePaul, a private school, both located in the Chicago greater area., IL

Education: UIC vs DePaul

According to this graph from Google Trends, in the past five years both universities were strong whether it’s about tuition, academics or student life. Seems like the price did not stop students to attend a private university, even though an increase in favor of UIC is seen this past year.

The tuition at UIC for undergraduate students is around $15,000 while at DePaul is around $40,000 and this refers to the in-state students only. Students out-of-state have to pay way more than this amount.

Another graph from Google  Trends shows the comparison between UIC, DePaul and Harvard University located in Cambridge, MA, which, according to US News, is ranked #2 in national universities. Harvard’s tuition for undergraduate students is around $ 50,000. The graph shows that Harvard is way more above UIC and DePaul.

Education: UIC, DePaul, and Harvard       

Though all the universities are unique in their way with great academics, high standards and different tuition options, still, which institution is worth to attend, a public or a private one?


The Beauty Industry: Are You a Diva of Kylie Cosmetics or a Queen of Fenty Beauty?

Bloggers, influencers, fashion icons are advertising on different social media networks what cosmetics they use to look glamorous. And if in the past fashionistas used to buy products from Dior, YSL, or Mac, nowadays Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner and Fenty Beauty by Rihanna are the newest to be added to the beauty industry.

Young and fearless, Kylie and Rihanna made their way into the beauty industry and reached a success  from the beginning. The prices of the cosmetics are affordable for both brands which gives the opportunity to their fans to afford them. However, it seems that fans have chosen one favorite over the other.

Beauty Industry: Kylie Cosmetics vs Fenty Beaty

According to a Google Search on Google Trends, both celebrities kept their success in 2017 when they launched their cosmetics line. However, the diva of Kylie Cosmetics achieved a bigger record this year as seen in this graph.

With an audience on Instagram of 17.5 million for Kylie Cosmetics  versus 4.9 million for Fenty Beauty, Kylie Cosmetics wins the arena in the beauty industry. Still, they both have fans who support them from different states.

Kylie Cosmetics vs Fenty Beauty by Region

While Kylie created Kylie Cosmetics line to help women feel beautiful due to her struggles of being bullied when she was small, Rihanna sees it more like a fun game of colors. During the premiere of her make up line Fenty Beauty, Rihanna said ” have fun, touch the product, put it on, try some”.

So, which one would you try? Are you a diva of Kylie Cosmetics or a queen of Fenty Beauty?


Governor Quinn on the Importance of MAP grants


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Governor Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University.(Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

By Bob Smith

Originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012; re-edited in 2018 for a Digital Journalism class at UIC.

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said. “We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

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