My Sweet Home Chicago: Molly Tranberg

Name: Molly Tranberg

Hometown: Lansing, Michigan

How long have you lived in Chicago? Since September 2009

What neighborhood do you call home? Why did you decide this was the right place for you?
I call the neighborhood of Andersonville home! I decided to live in Andersonville because it seemed like a fun, casual, affordable neighborhood for women and for students. My roommate and I are both in graduate school, and we picked the location because it was halfway between our two campuses. We knew it would be a fun and accessible place to live. Plus, it’s right by the beach.

What brought you to Chicago? What keeps you here?
Graduate school at DePaul University. I’m still in graduate school, so that keeps me here, but I chose to apply to DePaul partly because of its urban locale. Chicago is a chill, happening Midwest city, and I love that it has so much going on!

What’s your favorite free (or super cheap) activity in Chicago?
I love going to the Institute of Art on Thursday nights for student night. The Chicago Cultural Museum is always free and has tours and rotating art and publishing exhibits. I also love going to pub trivia at various bars around the city. The libraries, too! The Newberry Library is beautiful and has a giant book sale every July.

Favorite off-the-beaten-path spot:
West Rogers Park and Devon Street. Best Indian food I’ve found in the city. This area also has some great parks to do anything from cross country skiing in the winter to kite-flying in the summer.

Favorite deep dish locale:
I can’t say I’m a fan of deep dish, but I do love Pequod’s!

Favorite local store or restaurant:
Anywhere in Andersonville or Uptown. I love supporting my local businesses.

Favorite local celebrity or the one you want to meet most:
Bill Murray, of course. I hear he shows up in bars and at games.

Favorite street:
Milwaukee in Wicker Park or Clark Street in Andersonville.

Silliest thing you’ve noticed about Chicagoans:
They don’t dance at concerts! Come on!

Advice you would give to someone moving to Chicago?
Don’t move in the winter, unless you think you can maneuver your moving truck over all of the puddles, snow banks, and double parked cars!

Advice you would give to someone visiting Chicago?
There are a lot of ways to keep your visit cheap. Look for museum free days and shopping anywhere but downtown. UPchicago.com or the Chicago Office of Tourism are great places to start.

If you were gone for 5 years and came back, what’s the first thing you would do?
Go to the beach or ride my bike along the Lakeshore path.

About Molly Tranberg

Molly Tranberg loves discovering new things in Chicago–especially all of its wonderful food. She is a freelance writer and editor currently working from her very comfy couch on the Northside of Chicago. Her dream is to one day ride a segway around the city and heli-ski in Alaska.

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