Cool Places in Chicago to Get Your Study On

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Cool Places in Chicago to Get Your Study On. Are you having trouble studying? I’ve included a few cool places you can go study. There are even a few study spots specifically in Chicago you should check out.

Well, I finally did it. I enrolled in my real estate broker class. There’s more to come on my plans with that shortly.

Trying to find time to actually study has been a major challenge so far. I started my course March 1st and as much money as I’ve paid into this, you’d think I’d be done by now! But, life happens. Life includes (and in no particular order):

  • small social life
  • work at my everyday job
  • work on my side hustles (writing mostly)
  • see my parents
  • watch TV (I’m sorry, but the Originals and Designated Survivor are back on)
  • exercise
  • study
  • sleep

So with all this life, sleeping and studying come in low on the totem pole. I know that I need to figure out how to raise them. Even when I have the time and energy, I can’t seem to study at home. There is always a table to clean, food to cook, television to watch, a bed to lay across, dishes to wash, and laundry to do.

I need to get away from all these damn distractions!

So the best thing I’ve found to do is just leave this house of distractions in order to study. So here are a few tips I can give you on how to find that time to slip in some studying in your day.

Study While Exercising

I’m no body builder, I can tell you that. Treadmills are it for me at this time since I’m just getting back into the swing of things. Fortunately for me, I live in an apartment community that has an awesome gym. I just come home and change clothes and tag along with me my book and water bottle. I’m guaranteed to get in at least 30-40 minutes of reading time. I can’t take notes or highlight like I want to, but I can do that later and reinforce the information I’ve read.

Study at the Library

Ok, so boasting again, our library is the cat’s meow! It’s huge and has a café in there. It’s a very relaxing environment, like at home, but without the television. I promise my television is my biggest distraction at home, not cleaning! Even when I lived in Chicago, I’d go to the Oak Park Public Library. It’s near a lot of coffee shops and café’s so you can stop by one and find a comfortable seat to study.

Go Chill at Panera Bread or Starbucks

So speaking of coffee shops, that’s next on my list. Yep, these places have Wi-Fi, comfortable chairs/couches, and plenty of healthy snacks. No, they are not all expensive as people make them out to be either. You can get a simple coffee at these places or sign up for their perks/rewards program. Right now, I’m able to get a free bagel every day for the month of April with Panera Bread. No complaints out of me!

So let’s not stop there though. There are hundreds of café’s in the Chicago area to check out including Eva’s Café, Next Door, The Coffee Studio, Dollop Coffee & Tea, Intelligentsia Coffee, Kopi Café, The Book Cellar, and many others.

Study at a Friends

If you have a friend that’s in school or even that needs to stay on track reading a book, writing a business plan, or something along those lines, form a study group! Keep each other motivated and on track. This is no time to drown your sorrows in wine or television episodes.

Go to the Beach or Park

Yes, you heard me. The weather is getting really nice out. So why not go out with a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy your Saturday and Sunday while studying. The suburbs have excellent parks to visit and have a change of scenery if you’re a city person. This may not be the time to tag a friend along with you though. That’ll add too many distractions for you both.

Navy Pier

I don’t care where you live, Chicago’s Navy Pier is always a great area to hang out in. In warmer months, hang outside and enjoy the breeze and beautiful lakefront. I’m telling you, I’m bound there real soon. There are so many activities to do there and food. It’s a perfect environment.

Your Favorite Restaurant

So don’t laugh, but I’ve gotten some incredible reading done. If it’s not too busy (aka noisy), you can get a lot of studying completed at a restaurant. I went to TGI Friday’s last night because it was close to my job (barely 5 minutes). I was able to have a nice meal, two drinks, and got in more studying than I have all week!

Yep, me and my $3 Mojito

Cool Places in Chicago to Get Your Study On. Are you having trouble studying? I’ve included a few cool places you can go study. There are even a few study spots specifically in Chicago you should check out.

There were some great songs playing also, which kept me up: Creep by TLC, Just a Girl by No Doubt, and Nobody by Keith Sweat. Grab your book or laptop and head to your favorite sushi spot, deli, or even local bar during the week. They are typically quiet so no fun to distract you!

What are your favorite study tactics … that actually work?!

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  1. says

    Girl, this post has me weak! I am still tripping about studying at TGI. I need to get out my house and maybe I can get more studying done. Also, I’m a little jealous lol. Here I am doing the real estate agent course and then having to work as an agent for 36 out of 48 months before I can do more courses to be a broker and ya’ll got a straight shot. Man, I have to get out of this state ASAP. Well, after I get licensed first lol.
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    • says

      I actually went to an all you can eat sushi spot yesterday and the line was CRAZY! Good food and although it was a bit noisy, I got a lot of studying done. I think it’s more so being by yourself in your own world. There was even a young lady next to me that noticed my book and gave me a few study tips because she just took the exam! You just never know what can happen going out.

      Here in IL we are all considered agent brokers and then move up to managing brokers to have our own office should we chose. That’s way down the line for me!

      Good luck and keep at it!

  2. says

    Thanks for the tips! This is very helpful to all the students out there. When I was a student, I really look for the places and things you wrote in here. My tactics is, I will review few days before exams or panel in my favorite coffeeshop then I will watch a movie just the day before major exams.

    • says

      Now that’s a great tip for my readers. Just sit back and chill the day before the exams! Craming the day before just stresses your brain out. You have to do something to reward yourself and put yourself at ease. I plan on writing down a few notes of things that may be hard to remember and glance over once again in the car right before going in. Then, I’ll jot as much down as I can on my scratch paper and begin the test.

    • says

      Love fresh air and different area’s to study in. Home is too many distractions – I don’t care what type of discipline you have.

  3. says

    Im not in school any more but i would utilize Star bucks or my room with my earphones listening to gospel music (If I listened to any other music I wasn’t really focused. I’m not a coffee drinker but if i needed to stay up all night I would get me a cup of coffee from Mc. Donalds. Glad those days are

    • says

      I feel like my study days will never be over. Once I’m done with this, it’s back for my 2nd masters in finance. LOL I think I would still get carried away listening to gospel! I’m team #DunkinDonuts. I haven’t had McDonalds coffee in ages.

    • says

      Being a parent it’s good to escape period! I used to take everyone to the library and find myself a little nook to read in. That was a guaranteed 3-4 hours of peace. The kids all loved the books, video games, and other activities there. It was their little paradise away from me as well.

  4. Elle (CleverlyChanging) says

    I want to take some classes or enter a master’s class this summer. I’ll be using the same study-place tips you shared within this post.

    • says

      You’re a brave soul starting in the summer. I wanted to be done before summer hits. That’s an extra distraction! What program are you looking to go into?

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