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Re: Booth (Chicago): Accepted Students - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2014, 16:17
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Is anyone thinking of living near at the tides? I was thinking it might be a great choice to be across from the park considering I have a dog. Any current student suggestions on good places to live with a dog? (Not just pet friendly buildings but ones that are near dog parks or have dog runs or something like that) THanks!


I am a current first year and live in the Tides building with my dog. Lakeshore East is great if you have a dog since the park is literally right outside your door. Although Tides is pet friendly, dogs are limited to certain floors so it's better to start your apt search early since there are fewer units that dogs are allowed in. I would guess that Shoreham is similar but I don't know for sure. Another great thing about Lakeshore East is there are a bunch of dog walkers that live in and service the Lakeshore East buildings. This is very convenient if you need to be out of town or are away from home all day.
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Re: Booth (Chicago): Accepted Students - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2014, 20:04
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Does anyone know if there is a third-party background verification process at Booth (like Re-Vera that they use at Duke)? I didn't see any mention of it in any admit information I have received so far. I thought background verification is standard practice at all b-schools.


They used Re-Vera last year.
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Re: Booth (Chicago): Accepted Students - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2014, 08:17
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mbak07 wrote:
Does anyone know if there is a third-party background verification process at Booth (like Re-Vera that they use at Duke)? I didn't see any mention of it in any admit information I have received so far. I thought background verification is standard practice at all b-schools.


They used Re-Vera last year.


Thanks for the reply. So at which point do they do it? Would they ask me to do it only once I formally accept the offer? I'm still hush-hush at work about leaving, and I don't want them to find out from a background verification company... that wouldn't be good.
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Re: Booth (Chicago): Accepted Students - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2014, 08:54
Yes, after you accept. The consent form has a provision to delay the call to your current employer to a date you specify (with some reasonable limitation - July maybe). They won't out you.

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Re: Booth (Chicago): Accepted Students - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2014, 12:14
For those that don't know, tonight is Worldwide Booth Night. There are Booth happy hours in 90 cities around the globe. Best of all, they're free for admits. Come out and mingle with alums and, if you're in Chicago, current students.

Check it out and register at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/wwbn
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Re: Booth (Chicago): Accepted Students - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2014, 08:18
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Yes, after you accept. The consent form has a provision to delay the call to your current employer to a date you specify (with some reasonable limitation - July maybe). They won't out you.

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Who do they usually call? HR, or the direct boss? And what do they usually ask - would they say they are calling from Booth? Thanks!
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Re: Booth (Chicago): Accepted Students - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2014, 08:24
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brandon432 wrote:
Yes, after you accept. The consent form has a provision to delay the call to your current employer to a date you specify (with some reasonable limitation - July maybe). They won't out you.

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Who do they usually call? HR, or the direct boss? And what do they usually ask - would they say they are calling from Booth? Thanks!


They use contact info you provide. Since they're just verifying dates and titles (maybe salary), most people provide an HR contact. I have no idea what the script is. I'd guess something along the lines of "performing a background check on behalf of Chicago Booth."
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Re: Booth (Chicago): Accepted Students - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2014, 19:57
I received the following question via PM, but am posting the answer here for everyone's benefit.

Q: I see most of the students live in MPP or Loop. I was wondering do students live in the graduate student housing? I noticed the price in graduate student housing is significantly less than MPP or Loop. I will be moving with my family members, so would like to find something that's reasonably priced.

A: Approximately 60% of Booth students live in the Loop or River North. Included in that number are the ~400+ Boothies who live in MPP. Other popular buildings are MDA City Apartments and Columbus Plaza. Another 10-15% of Boothies (including my wife, soon-to-be-daughter, and me) live in the South Loop (roughly from Van Buren to 18th Street). The South Loop generally offers much more space for comparable or less money than the Loop, but is a little farther from the social scene (5 minutes cab, 10-15 minutes bus/train). As a result South Loopers includes a higher percentage of families and pet owners, although many single folks live here too.

Only 5-10% of Booth students live in Hyde Park. Of those, I actually don't know any that live in university graduate housing (although there probably are some). Hyde Park Boothies are more likely to have families, be international students, or both. That said, the majority of either category still lives in Loop/South Loop/River North. The pros of living in Hyde Park include: more space for less money and proximity to campus. The drawbacks include: being a bit removed from where most Boothies live and not having as much access to restaurants, nightlife, Millennium Park, the river, Gleacher Center, and the city of Chicago in general. Hyde Park is much more limited in terms of food, grocery, and entertainment options, many of which cater to the thriving undergraduate community. The Booth community is incredibly strong, but it only revolves around Hyde Park/Harper Center during weekdays. During evenings and weekends, the focus shifts towards downtown.

The best way to get a handle on housing is by coming to Admit Weekend. There will be flyers, representatives, and tours of each neighborhood, so you can chat with current students and go get a feel for the neighborhoods yourself.

All of this is just my take. Here's the official neighborhood info and current stats from the Admitted Students site: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/fulltime/ad ... g/map.aspx

Here's similar info (p. 3-5), in a slightly different format. The stats are a few years old and the rents looks 10-20% low to me. http://programs.chicagobooth.edu/intern ... 2-2013.pdf

Other great resources: Student Space (under "Resources"), http://www.domu.com, Craigslist
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Re: Booth (Chicago): Accepted Students - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2014, 10:15
Hi I am a U of C alum looking to rent out my unit for the next 2 years to Booth students. The unit is in a complex and area where many Booth students live.

It's a great 2 bed 2 bath split floor plan unit right by the lake, walking distance to the Michigan/Randolph and the Metra to Hyde Park.

Building has full amenities including gym, basketball court, pool, patio on the lake. Also includes facilities such as grocery store, valet parking and dry cleaning.

1200 square feet, in-unit washer /dryer

Please feel free to contact me for more details.
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Re: Booth (Chicago): Accepted Students - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2014, 20:34
They use contact info you provide. Since they're just verifying dates and titles (maybe salary), most people provide an HR contact. I have no idea what the script is. I'd guess something along the lines of "performing a background check on behalf of Chicago Booth."[/quote]
Is the contact info that you referenced the one you provided in your application or the contact info that you will be asked in the consent form? Thanks!
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Re: Booth (Chicago): Accepted Students - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 11 May 2014, 14:27
Hi everyone - I have a question about recruiting, specifically for consulting. When a large firm (e.g, MBB) comes to campus, are they typically recruiting for the Chicago office, or have a preference for you to work in a Midwest office? I'm wondering how recruiting for the Boston/NY office works when they're visiting so many schools on the East Coast. How do they allocate slots/offers for each office?

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You can go anywhere, and there's nothing you need to do now. Career Services and the 2Y's will help you figure it all out once you get on campus.

The long version
In general, any firm that comes to Booth offers near-complete geographic flexibility. The consulting firms typically each host an all-firm corporate conversation on-campus in mid-October, to which they bring 30-100 (depending on the firm; MBB on the high end) consultants from all over the world. The local recruiters will match you up with consultants from the office(s) you're interested in and also host region- and office- specific events in Chicago. For example, there might be a McKinsey NY/NJ lunch on campus or a Bain southern office dinner in the Loop.

Almost all first-round interviews are in Chicago (most on campus). Many of the firms will fly you to your preferred office for final rounds.

With regards to allocating slots, there's not a lot of magic. My sense is that the same people would get offers whether they were at HBS, Booth, or Ross. Small offices have more variable needs, so may be easier or tougher in some years than others, but there's no way to predict. There are only a few offices (Bay Area) that I would say are categorically tougher to get into. If a firm wants you, they will try hard to slot you into your top (or maybe 2nd) choice office. I never got the sense that they would decline a candidate based on office preference.
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Re: Booth (Chicago): Accepted Students - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 19 May 2014, 11:03
Are you looking for Housing?

Hi Everybody,

I am an alum of the University of Chicago, and am trying to rent out two places for the upcoming school year. Both of these places are located really close to where to all the Booth students live in downtown Chicago and have different strengths depending on what you're looking for. Please contact rchan411@gmail.com if interested in taking a look, or have any additional questions. (I've lived in Chicago for the last 12 years so if you're from out of town and need help, don't hesitate to reach out)

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http://155hp.blogspot.com/
http://8erandolph.blogspot.com/
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Re: Booth (Chicago): Accepted Students - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2014, 21:39
Guys, quick question for those of you accepted. When are the Random Walkings happening? Thanks!
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Re: Booth (Chicago): Accepted Students - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2014, 20:11
The dates vary a bit, depending on the trip. 8/21-8/30 should encompass most of them.
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Re: Booth (Chicago): Accepted Students - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2014, 19:45
To those interested in finding a place to live, let me know. As a former Booth Executive Education student, and having two previous UCBSB folks living in our luxurious high rise condo - they LOVED the location... just steps from downtown Chicago. This is an incredible building with all the amenities (health club, dry cleaners, CVS, doorman, etc.).

It's a 1 bedroom condo, facing south, in River North area. The building is called The Sterling (345 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL) and the unit is available on August 1st, 2014. If interested, please let me know. Thanks!!

Check it out....it's on domu now or PM me. Hope I can help!
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Re: Booth (Chicago): Accepted Students - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2014, 05:10
For those admitted students who are gearing up on stuff from Amazon.com, we are eligible to a free 6 month subscription of their Amazon Student program, which gives us free 2-day shipping and some exclusive offers. It will come in handy for textbooks and stuff for our new homes. If interested, just register your .edu e-mail address to your Amazon account, through the following link:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup ... pe=generic

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