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Welcome! We are glad to see you are considering an MBA from Chicago Booth and would like you to know that whether you have children now or expect to have them either in school or after, you are not alone! We also know that the personal and financial implications of this decision can be somewhat overwhelming. Below are some thoughts to keep in mind as you embark on this exploration. Additionally, you might find the stories of Booth women on our blog valuable. If you find yourself with unanswered questions and/or would like to talk to a Mothers at Booth member during your on campus visit, please feel free to email us.

Flexible Schedule

Booth’s flexible curriculum gives students unparalleled control over their schedule. Classes are scheduled in 3 hour blocks (day = M-F 8:30-11:30a and 1:30-4:30p; evening = M-F 6-9p; weekend = Sat 9-12 and 1-4) and full-time students typically take 3-4 courses per quarter (usually 10 each year). However, students can choose to take greater or fewer classes than average in any given quarter to accommodate family needs. By loading up on classes, students can graduate early, which is a great benefit for internationals who are living far from family, or delay graduation if necessary. Although students receive priority at their “home campus”, they can take classes at either the Gleacher (part-time “home”, evening and weekend) or Harper campus (full-time “home”, day), benefiting from the exact same courses and faculty. Additionally, students are never assigned study groups, allowing them to find team members with similar schedules.

Chicago – A Livable City

Chicago is a family-friendly and relatively affordable city with lots of green space and a good public transportation system. Booth students live all over the city but here are some of the more popular neighborhoods.

Hyde Park – (north of 60th, east of Washington Park and south of 47th) Although dining, shopping and entertainment options are more limited, many student families are attracted to Hyde Park for the convenience and affordability. Housing options include Regents Park and other skyrises, private rentals (commonly found through Craigslist) or University Graduate Housing. Hyde Park has a university feel to it and is full of student families, playgrounds, old trees and buildings. Primary grocery options are: Treasure Island, Hyde Park Produce and Village Foods. University students can get around the neighborhood on the CTA #170, #171 and #172 bus routes or hop on the #6 or #2? bus or the Metra to get downtown in 15 minutes.

South Loop/Downtown – Just 15 minutes away from school by train or bus, many students like being closer to the northern neighborhoods as well as the Gleacher campus. The South Loop neighborhood is still developing and he majority of housing tends to be a mix of new and slightly older highrises (Sky 55 ). Shopping options include Dominicks, Whole Foods, and Target. Popular downtown options include Millenium Park Plaza. Shopping options are diverse and wide-ranging.

Lincoln Park – more information coming soon.

Suburbs – Student families with cars might choose to live in the suburbs if it is more convenient for a spouse or to be within certain school districts.

Come See for Yourself

Visiting Booth and Chicago is the best way to see what we have to offer. If you want to speak to a Mothers at Booth member while you are here, just let us know.

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