Shimer College

Where We Play

No one can live on books alone. 

imageThough Shimer doesn’t have formal student organizations or intramural sports, IIT invites us to join theirs. It’s ideal for those of us who want a little extra touch-football, badminton, or graphic novel appreciation in our lives.

We do, however, have plenty of our own activities and traditions, such as the annual Orange Horse, a talent show of strange and wonderful proportions, and Solidarity, an end-of-the-semester, community celebration.

The Office of Student Life also coordinates activities throughout the year, including community gatherings, field trips, public forums and lectures, theatre outings, and mixers with IIT and VanderCook students.

Chicago Staples

Beneath the Surface

  • Millennium Park
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Field Museum
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Hancock Observatory
  • Sears Tower Skydeck
  • Spirit of Chicago (Dining Cruises)
  • Navy Pier
  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • The Oriental Institute
  • Dusable Museum of African-American History
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Chicago Botanical Gardens
  • The Old Town School of Folk Music
  • Harold Washington Cultural Center
  • Pocket Guide to Hell Tours
  • Danny’s Reading Series
  • Dollhouse Reading Series
  • Room 43
  • Free Music Mondays @ the Empty Bottle
  • Little Black Pearl
  • 12th Street Beach
  • 31st Street Harbor
  • Promontory Point
  • The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
  • International Museum of Surgical Science
  • National Museum of Mexican Art
  • Lincoln Karaoke
  • DANK Haus
  • Gallery Guichard
  • Showplace Icon Theatre

Plumb the Depths

Explore Chicago, and make the city your own. Here’s a little guidance to help you get your bearings.

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