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St. Louis, Missouri

Living in St. Louis

The Midwestern US city of St. Louis, known as the Gateway City, is full of history and charm. It all starts with the Gateway Arch, a 192-meter steel structure that towers over the banks of the Mississippi River.

History, imagination and nature combine in a spectacular urban setting where old-style architecture meshes with modern art at places like the City Museum. Attractions such as the Citygarden provides an oasis of lush landscaping contrasted against downtown high-rise buildings. 

Music, arts and culture options abound, making St. Louis a city full of things to see and do. And with more free attractions than any place in the US (outside of Washington, DC), the Lou is an affordable Midwestern cultural hub.

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Dining in St. Louis

St. Louis is known for a number of foods and highly-recommended eateries. Toasted ravioli is a staple of the city, and can be found just about anywhere around town. Many consider Lombardo’s to be among the best serving the international dish, although any Italian restaurant is sure to have their version of it. 

St. Louis also boasts some of the best barbecue in the US. Places like Bogart’s Smokehouse and Sugarfire will easily fill you up. Just make sure you have plenty of napkins close by. If you want something a little lighter, the Blues City Deli makes some of the best sandwiches around.

While on or near campus, you can choose from more than 20 different eating options, including restaurants with vegan, vegetarian, halal and gluten-free choices.

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Shopping in St. Louis

No matter where you go in the St. Louis area, you can find great places to shop: St. Louis Galleria includes Macy’s, Dillard’s and Mark Shale, with a movie theater and dining options.  Union Station is great for perusing goods at more than 80 shops in a picturesque setting at the old railroad terminal. 

At Plaza Frontenac you’ll find upscale shopping and fine dining in West County. Cherokee Antique Row sits within a six-block area that includes more than 30 antique stores. Or for retail staples such as Marshall’s, Banana Republic or Cabela’s head to the St. Louis Mills located near the airport.

Getting around the city

There are a number of ways to explore all St. Louis has to offer. You can use the Metro Downtown Trolley to get around within the city. The name is a bit deceiving, as it’s actually a fleet of buses painted like trolleys. But they provide service from Forest Park (near the SLU campus) throughout the city.

To get around past the city limits, use the world-class Metro transit system, which includes the MetroLink light-rail network and MetroBus, which operates more than 70 bus routes around the area.

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What to see and do in St. Louis

You won’t find a place where you can find more to do for less money than in St. Louis. Check out these fun attractions located around the city:

  • Saint Louis Art Museum
  • Missouri History Museum
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • St. Louis Science Center
  • Grant’s Farm
  • Citygarden
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park
  • Museum of Westward Expansion
  • Anheuser-Busch brewery tours
  • Gateway Arch tours
  • Six Flags St. Louis
  • City Museum
  • Moto Museum

Sports in St. Louis

St. Louisans are huge sports fans. They passionately follow the two major league teams in the city: Baseball’s Cardinals and hockey’s Blues.

Festivals and events in St. Louis

With so much culture in the city, St. Louis has events throughout the year. Most are concentrated in the spring and summer months, when the weather is better:

  • Earth Day Festival
  • African Arts Festival
  • Shakespeare Festival
  • Festival of Nations
  • Fair Saint Louis
  • Big Muddy Blues Festival
  • Japanese Festival
  • Saint Louis Art Fair
  • Loufest
Careers in St. Louis

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St. Louis Nightlife

Much of the nightlife scene in St. Louis is concentrated in the downtown area. You can find places like Howl at the Moon and Beale on Broadway for live music. Places like Ballpark Village highlight a bar/club scene surrounding the baseball stadium.

Work where you live

St. Louis has a number of companies on the Forbes 500 list as well as other major companies located around the city. Start your professional career with one of these great employers:

  • Express Scripts
  • Centene
  • Emerson
  • Monsanto
  • Reinsurance Group of America
  • Jones Financial
  • Panera Bread
  • Ameren
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