Summer 2016
Summer 2016

The Ideal City

Arol Augsburger, OD

ICO President

I’ve lived in four cities and visited hundreds more during my life, and find that Chicago is best suited to my wife Stephanie and me. There is a vibrant higher education community in Chicago with more students living near downtown than even in Boston. Its restaurants rival New York and San Francisco, often at considerably more reasonable prices. It has lively performing arts communities with live theater, symphony, ballet, comedy clubs, jazz clubs (all of which my wife and I attend), and the world’s premier rock festival Lollapalooza in Grant Park (which Stephanie and I don’t attend).

Since I have lived in Chicago, the Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup several times, my neighborhood team the White Sox has won a World Series, the Bears have played in the Super Bowl, the Bulls in the NBA finals, and it looks like the Cubs may actually have a championship caliber team this year. …and don’t even get me started on the world class museums! What’s not to like about Chicago?


Lisa Young, OD ’05

Chicago Glaucoma Consultants – Glenview, IL

Located in the heart of the city, the Illinois College of Optometry provides exposure to different cultures, religions, and ethnic groups. The diverse patient population at the Illinois Eye Institute offers students a wide variety of ocular pathology, and gives them the opportunity to communicate with and relate to those of a different background. This exposure is beneficial not only professionally, but also personally.

ICO’s location allows students to have a great school/life balance. Living in Chicago allows students to experience the benefits of a metropolitan area. From ICO, there is easy access to Chinatown, Little Italy, Greektown, Little Vietnam, the Polish Triangle, and Devon Street, just to name a few. Exploring these neighborhoods is a great way to immerse yourself in a different culture, sample the foods, and gain a better understanding of the people and their history. Chicago also boasts some of the best museums, shopping and athletic facilities in the country.


Ellyn Kozob, OD ’13

Spex, a part of MyEyeDr.com – Chicago, IL

There is an anecdote that says Chicago has 3 seasons: Winter, Summer and Construction. I would like to present the fourth, and best, season in Chicago: Food!

Chicago is my hometown. It never even occurred to me to go to another optometry school, because why would I leave such a great city? Even though I still live here, the food scene keeps reinventing itself and continues to impress me.

My husband and I participated in a secret dining program last year. We spent 12 weeks eating our way through Chicago. Food has always been an important part of our Eastern European culture. A meal is about more than just the food; it is a time to put away some of the daily stress, briefly slow the pace of life, and spend time with the people you care about.

So, take a break from studying for an hour or two, and head over to your favorite neighborhood for dinner. Whether you go to a local BYOB joint or celebrate at a fine dining restaurant, you’re sure to find the perfect place to complement your time at ICO in my self-awarded “Food Capital of the World.”

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