Chicago Alumni Club

Chicago Alumni Club

Shawn Dunn

Club Leader

BA Leisure Services ’96
MA Nonprofit Management ‘13
Chicago, IL
Project Manager- YMCA

Why I love UNI:  I think one of the reasons I loved my time at UNI is the size of the school - big enough to get the whole college experience and small enough to get to know people and feel a part of the community. 

Michael Schlueter

Athletics Chair

BA Accounting ‘88
Chicago, IL
Financial Planning and Analysis Manager, Guaranteed Rate

Why I love UNI:  UNI was a perfect fit for me and my education set me up for a successful career in finance in one of the greatest cities in the world. I also enjoy traveling around the country to cheer on our Panther athletic teams. 

Taryn Parker

Philanthropy Chair

BA Communications (Public Relations) ’11
Chicago, IL
Account Executive, Taylor

Why I love UNI:  I loved my time at UNI, and wouldn't change that experience for the world. Even when I was cramming for tough exams or feeling a little homesick that first semester, my college years were preparing me for things to come that I would never been able to imagine at the time.

Jason Markey

Social Media Chair

BA Social Science Education ‘00
Grayslake, IL
High School Principal, East Leyden High School

Why I love UNI:  
UNI provided me with a foundation that I have carried with me to strive to do the best for my community and my organization above myself.  Having professors who always gave their time and energy to us as students has profoundly impacted my own career as an educator.


Mellany Schumacher

Young Professionals Chair

BA English & Management: Human Resources ‘11
Wheeling, IL
Human Resource Generalist, Meritas Administrative Services LLC

Why I love UNI:  
I'm so proud to be from UNI!  I got an amazing education and made so many friends during my time there.  Even though I live in Chicago, I'm an Iowan and a Panther for life!

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The largest city of the American Midwest and was founded in 1830. It was established as a water transit hub and now has evolved to an industrial metropolis.

Why Chicago Rocks...

Chicago has a big city swagger with a Midwestern charm. Chicago truly offers everything with more than 200 theaters, 200 art galleries, 4,700 restaurants, and 26 miles of lakefront.  The people are friendly and there is a neighborhood (over 77 of them) for everyone. The city is beautiful and clean!

Where to Live...

Bucktown: Considered one of the hippest and trendiest neighborhoods in Chicago. The theory is that Bucktown got its name from the male goats, or bucks, that were raised by Polish immigrants in the 1800s. It is also considered one of the easiest neighborhoods to get in and out of.

Gold Coast/Old Town:  Old money and stunning lake views characterize this neighborhood. People are drawn to the area because of the nightspots, good food, and proximity to the lake and business districts.

Lincoln Park: Popular for the young crowd. The community is very much like a college town within the big city with a large variety of shopping, restaurants and nightlife. The area is named for Chicago’s largest park- more than 1,200 acres.

West Loop: A draw for young families. The SoHo of the Midwest is the Randolph Street Market and it is one of a kind for collectors and antique shoppers.

Where to Play...

Sports, sports and more sports! Enjoy da Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, White Sox and Cubs.

Navy Pier: Shopping, restaurants, rides, children’s museum, beer garden and Shakespeare Theatre.

Magnificent Mile: Stretch along Michigan Avenue extending north of the Chicago River offers all the brand-name shopping you would want, top-notch eateries and luxury hotels.

Where to Dine...

The Piggery: This is the place to be when the UNI Panthers are on TV! Stop in and enjoy their fall-off-the-bone ribs and cheer the Panther to victory! The Piggery is the official game watch location in Chicago.

Lou Malnati’s Pizza: Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza.  Lou Malnati got his start in the 1940’s working in Chicago’s first deep dish pizzeria.

Portillo’s: Try the original “Chicago Dog”. The first Portillo’s hot dog stand known as “The Dog House” opened in 1963. Your hot dog comes with yellow mustard, chopped onions, sweet pickle relish, pickle spear, tomato slices, sport peppers and a dash of celery salt!

North Pond: Located in a former warming shelter besides a pond in Lincoln Park. Now you can taste ingredients from local Midwestern farms- gingerbread crusted venison or ricotta gnocchi.

Café Spiaggia: Known as one of Chicago’s most cosmopolitan cafes overlooking the lake and decorated with Renaissance murals. Known for its high-Italian dining such as their famous spaghetti with clams.