Sean Thompson, 27, Iowa City
Editorial Associate @ University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Many Iowa Citians take for granted the UI Hospitals and Clinics, which are consistently ranked near the top in overall care and have the distinction of dozens of “onlys” to its credit both in the state of Iowa and nationwide. They also inspire volunteerism in thousands who give their own time and compassion to others, making UIHC the best place to volunteer.
The Java House
If you’re looking for a skinny mocha, a good conversation with a friend or a place to study or work quietly, the Java House in downtown Iowa City is your best option. There are few better ways to spend a bitterly cold winter night than inside with a warm drink. Why not do so with other cool people in a mellow, welcoming atmosphere? The loose-leaf teas really hit the spot, and did I mention the skinny mochas?
University of Iowa Athletics
If you’re looking for elite athletic displays, fervent fan involvement and jaw-dropping drama, there’s no better place to spectate than a University of Iowa athletic event. The football team provides arguably the best overall experience, but don’t forget the other sports, both men’s and women’s. If you’re wondering what to do on a Friday night, see if there’s a volleyball game in town.
Iowa City/Coralville is home to countless quality eating establishments and a vibrant night life. But few places combine the two as well as The Vine. I’m partial to the downtown location, where a youthful crowd commingles with families and couples. It’s a great place to catch a game with other fans on one of the well-placed televisions. Be sure to try the Crispy Buffalo Chicken sandwich.
The Corridor can be summed up in one word: amazing. My friends, my co-workers, the people I pass on the street are intelligent, good-tempered and genuinely nice individuals. The utter selflessness displayed over a year ago by Corridor residents during the flood of 2008 showed how incredible this community is. It was awesome to be part of, and a major reason why I came back to live in Iowa City.