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Resident Life in Chicago

Chicago is an incredible city. Our residents live in a diverse set of neighborhoods and enjoy all the activities that the Chicagoland area has to offer. Some favorite activities include the following:

  • Lakeshore path, beaches, and harbors
  • Ever-changing restaurant and night life scene
  • Year-round concerts and shows and summer festivals
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Through a special affiliation, residents may attend as “Doctor of the House”
  • Local sports: Bulls (Rush-affiliated), White Sox (Rush-affiliated), Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks

Living in Chicago

Chicago is extremely affordable compared to other major cities. A majority of residents live within a two-mile radius of Rush. Popular neighborhoods include River North, West Loop, South Loop, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Lincoln Park, and Old Town.

For more information about Chicago visit “Why Choose Rush?” GME page.

An exterior view of RUSH tower against the Chicago skyline at night as lights from cars streak past on the highway.

Department Sponsored Events

Welcome Picnic: The Department of Anesthesiology organizes an annual picnic for all staff, which usually takes place in August, to welcome new CA-0s and CA-1s. It is a great opportunity for attendings, residents and their families to get to know each other outside of work. Past events include tug of war, face painting, ice cream truck, magicians, frisbee, and a volleyball match between residents and attendings.

Welcome Breakfast: At the beginning of each academic year, the department hosts a Welcome Breakfast to introduce all new housestaff to the entire department.

Welcome Breakfast


PGY1 Resident Meet and Greet: The department sponsors an annual meet and greet event at a trendy spot in the city with all food, drink, and activity expenses covered, which makes for a fun bonding experience among the new interns and chief residents.

PGY1 Resident Meet and Greet

Resident Welcome: The department sponsors an annual resident-selected event at a trendy spot in the city with all food, drink, and activity expenses covered, which makes for a fun bonding experience among junior and senior residents.

Resident Welcome

Wellness Events: The department sponsors frequent wellness events allowing residents to select a group-outing or activity in which they can promote comradery and well-being. Such events include dinners, boot camps, concerts in the park, trivia nights, golfing, whirly ball, Karaoke, and seasonally-themed parties.

Wellness Events

Wellness Events

Holiday Party: The department sponsors a formal dinner party, with open bar, dancing and socializing. This much-lauded event has traditionally been held at prestigious venues such as Evanston Country Club and Shedd Aquarium.

Holiday Party

House Staff Ball: Formal fundraiser, cocktail hour, dinner, and dance with all Rush University Medical Center House Staff.

Residents dressed in formal wear gather at a restaurant. A small table in the foreground holds their drinks.

Post-ITE Tradition: The department sponsors an open bar and light fare to celebrate being done with the yearly in-training exam. 

Jeopardy: The Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists (ISA) holds an annual resident Jeopardy tournament. Illinois Anesthesia training programs enter a team of three residents, who compete in an inter-program Jeopardy tournament. The team from Rush’s Department of Anesthesiology has won the competition many times in the past.

Three residents sit at a table smiling in front of a microphone. Crowds fill the tables in the background.

Farewell Celebration: The department sponsors a formal celebration with either a brunch or dinner party, open bar, and socializing. We honor and recognize our outgoing housestaff’s contributions and achievements. Past events have been held at venues such as Evanston Country Club, Chicago Yacht Club, Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront, and Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse.

Farewell Celebration

Diversity At Rush

At Rush, we are committed to promoting equity and inclusiveness for all individuals in our organization and feel strongly that those efforts are crucial to successfully living our mission.

At our institution, where diversity and inclusiveness are high priorities, our accomplishments are not solely measured by the excellence of our training programs and the breadth and quality of our services - but are also measured by the quality of the interactions between individuals and groups within our organization, the success of our efforts to honor our differences, our ability to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce at entry-level, and establishing a culture which consistently welcomes, promotes and encourages diversity.

We welcome applicants of all backgrounds to apply and appreciate the diverse experiences, culture, and perspective each can bring to our team.

For more information about Diversity and Inclusion in GME visit our GME page.