Coming From Chicago

Many students from Chicago choose St. Thomas as their college destination. This page will bust a few Minnesota myths and show you how Minneapolis and St. Paul stack up to Chicago.

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Twin Cities Opportunities

Having the right resources to help get a job is important. Here are a few facts about how the Twin Cities can help you find your career.

  • 58% of graduating seniors had an internship within 5 miles of campus.
  • 80-100 organizations interview on campus each year.
  • Top interviewing companies that recruit St. Thomas students include:
    • Target
    • Best Buy
    • Wells Fargo
    • Ameriprise Financial
    • UnitedHealth Group
    • US Bank
    • General Mills
  • More than 55% of graduating seniors had secured employment before graduation.
  • Approximately 92% of graduates were gainfully employed, enrolled in a graduate program, working as volunteers or were enlisted in the military within six months of graduation.
  • Chicago has the second largest population of UST Alumnus allowing you to connect with grads right from your home town.

Learn more about what our graduates are doing here.

Transportation

Chicago has great public transportation with the “L” Train, two major airports, Union Station, and the hub of the Midwest network of Megabus.

The Twin Cities has an excellent public transporation system. There's a Metro bus stop on just about every corner of campus, so you can get anywhere in the Metropolitan area. Fifteen minutes from campus (20 minutes from St. Paul and Minneapolis) lies MSP International Airport and the Mall of America. The Twin Cities also has a Light Rail train system that spans from the Mall of America to downtown Minneapolis.  The Twin Cities also has a bike share kiosk called Nice Ride, allowing you to bike throughout the Twin Cities. You can rent a bike right at St. Thomas to reach many great destinations around campus.

Getting to and from the Twin Cities and Chicago is also an easy venture with several options; whether you’ld like to jump on the Amtrak train, take an hour and thirty minute flight, or ride the Megabus for as little as $1.  There are more than 35 nonstop flights a day travelling to and from the MSP airport to the Chicago area airports and if booked far enough in advance, a one-way flight is about $99.

Sports

Minnesota is home to more than 7 professional sports teams that have their home facilities in the Twin Cities. While you may be a Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks fan, you’ll have easy access to support your hometown team when they make the trip as many of them are in the same division or conference.

 

League

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Chicago

NBA

Timberwolves

Bulls

NFL

Vikings

Bears

NHL

Wild

Blackhawks

MLB

Twins

White Sox and Cubs

WNBA

Lynx

Sky

Unique sports

MN Swarm – Lacrosse

St. Paul Saints– Minor League Baseball

 

Chicago Fire – MLS

Chicago Rush – Arena Football

 

Unique Sporting Events

Twin Cities Marathon

U.S. Pond Hockey Championship

Nature Valley Bicycle Festival

Chicago Marathon

Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac

 

 

Cuisine

Chicago is nationally known for its deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dog, and Italian beef sandwiches that you can get on just about every street corner.  While these may be some local favorites, the Twin Cities is home to hundreds of unique restaurants, hot dishes, and the famous Juicy Lucy burger (an oozing cheese filled burger).

The hundreds of unique restaurants range in inspirations from Asian, to Caribbean and Creole, to Norwegian and Mexican allowing your taste buds to travel around the world. You can make an easy stop at the Midtown Global Market in downtown Minneapolis or stroll through beautiful downtown St. Paul and really experience the Twin Cities cuisine.

Arts, Entertainment, and Culture (On a Student Budget)

Chicago is filled with things to do throughout the year with Lollapalooza, the Bud Biliken or St. Patrick’s Day parade and dyeing the river green. As well, there are different cultural and historical museums and theaters or maybe enjoying an outdoor concert in Grant or Millennium Park. We can’t forget the Taste of Chicago and the variety of music festivals throughout the city. While many of these things may happen in the summer, the Twin Cities has a lot to offer, including throughout the school year!

Minneapolis and St. Paul has theatres and music venues at college-student affordable prices, the Basilica Block Party music festival, downhill skiing within 30 minutes of the University of St. Thomas campus and the Great MN get-together at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul. Being one of the healthiest cities in the U.S., there are bike paths that follow along the Mississippi river and lakes in the Twin Cities along with Cross Country Skiing paths and trails taking you through natural wildlife.

Aside from going to see a show, or enjoying your favorite band in downtown Minneapolis, there are also several FREE or cheap entertainment options in the Twin Cities. You can enjoy the holiday season in downtown Minneapolis at the Holidazzle Parade, or check out the winter carnival and see the Winter Ice Palace and its sculpture contest. There’s also the option to enjoy music while skating at Rice Park in downtown St. Paul or enjoy a free concert or movie in the park in the spring and summer months.

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