Best Places 5 Minutes from Campus

Being on campus is awesome and there are tons of cool spots, but our surroundings in Lincoln Park have so much to offer! There are multiple great spots to study, enjoy nature, get a bite to eat, grab a coffee, and much more. I’ve highlighted four of my favorites within this article, so make sure to check them out when you’re on campus!

1. Oz Park

Oz Park is a really cool area to see some nature close to campus. I love the DePaul quad as much as the next person, but sometimes, especially on days when the weather’s nice, it fills up quickly. So, if you weren’t able to get a spot on the quad or are just looking for a change of scenery look no further than Oz Park. Located east of campus, the park is massive and has a ton of grassy areas, tennis courts, a baseball diamond, and tons of trees, flowers, and other plants. If you are looking for a place to lay out in the grass and study, have a picnic, or take a nice walk, this is the spot for you.

2. Broken English Taco Pub

Broken English is one of my favorite restaurants on campus. I went there with my family when I toured DePaul and when I moved into my freshman dorm, so it’s pretty well cemented into my DePaul experience. They make a ton of different tacos, and you can mix and match to get a super good variety of flavors. The other options besides tacos are also amazing. On top of all of that, they have very reasonable prices and even offer a 30% discount for DePaul students from 11 AM to 3 PM, Mondays through Fridays. This place is awesome and I highly recommend you guys check it out.

3. Kingston Mines

Founded in 1968, Kingston Mines is the largest and oldest continuously operated blues club in Chicago. Located on Halsted Street, this place is awesome for fans of blues, or simply people who enjoy amazing live music. They have performers every night playing on two stages. I am a huge fan of live music and having Kingston Mines so close to campus is amazing. I highly recommend you visit and experience some awesome live blues.


4. Dog Haus

I would be remiss if I didn’t include my favorite late night food spot near campus. Dog Haus specializes in hot dogs, but they also have a ton of other great options. They are open until 2 AM every night and in my opinion, they are the best late night food option around. Also, they offer a 15% discount for DePaul students on whatever you order. If you’re ever looking for some great food late at night, Dog Haus is the place for you.

Lincoln Park is chock-full of great spots for whatever you need, and these four are some of my favorites. 

~ Jeff

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