What it’s like to live in Southern Illinois

If you are lucky enough to live in the Southern Illinois area then you know it has its ups and downs. Ever heard of an Inland Hurricane? Now you know. 15 year bar ban on Halloween? Absolutely. Close proximity to state parks? Awesome. Of course, like most places, it’s the little things that make life what it is and if you live or work at Southern Illinois University Carbondale some of these may seem all too familiar.

RESTAURANTS

Busy? Stressed? No time to cook and wanting something delivered? We have pizza.

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Looking for a nice place to eat for that special occasion? If you don’t mind landlocked sushi we have a couple of suggestions.

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Hey, I hear there’s a Frozen Yogurt place!

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Seriously though, I love Cool Spoons. Here, get a coupon.

This is not to say there’s not much variety. But if you have found a place you like, guess what? It just closed.

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GETTING AROUND TOWN

Don’t need a car? Want to rely on public transportation? Good for you! Good luck with the bus route though.

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And be careful if you ride because those bike paths end unexpectedly

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So if you do buy a car be careful because  deer are everywhere; drive slow.

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WEATHER

Welcome to Southern Illinois, a place for all seasons! Here, the weather is anything but predictable and can change quickly!

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It can get a little warm in the Summer.

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And the winters can be a tad chilly

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But when the weather is just right, it’s a beautiful thing.

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DOWNTIME

If you want to enjoy that beautiful weather, Southern Illinois is home to dozens of vineyards!

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And the bar scene’s not that bad

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Looking for something a bit more physical? You can go hiking, take an athletic class at the Rec Center, or join one of the University Sports Clubs. But you might be surprised to find that knitting is a common hobby.

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But let’s face it, if you’re in grad school, you probably don’t have a lot of down time.

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