Road Trip: Getting Friendly With the Windy City

We toured some of Chicago's top schools and found out what it's like to attend them.

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For number and variety of colleges and universities, the Chicago area rivals the Northeast, making it the ideal base for a road trip. We didn't have to go far to find four very different schools, from venerable Northwestern to a technology powerhouse with ambitions of national recognition. Sure, we asked about academics. But we also asked students what gave each institution its unique vibe. They took great pride in telling us.

Chicago schools:

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