I'm a PhD student at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. More importantly, I'm a recent (August 2013) transplant from the west coast - Portland, OR via a two year stint in Seattle. The Midwest is quite different than the Northwest - takes a bit of getting used to - but I absolutely love Chicago!
Hmm, there are some good "getting to know Alisha" -type prompts here... Five things I can't live w/o:
2. Good Food, especially Brunch
4. Friendly People
5. Creative or intellectual stimulation - exploring new neighborhoods definitely scratches that itch ;)
I don't watch much TV, I find I can usually entertain myself just fine without it - not enough hours in the day. Netflix serves my purposes just fine. I joined about twelve years ago when I heard that movies never had a return date. I've watched every single Star Trek (original series) episode thanks to them :0.
I got turned on to Air bnb when I went to Spain several years ago, and I've made it a point to never stay in a hotel again if I can help it.