CHICAGO STUDIES engages the intellectual, creative, and civic energies of University of Chicago undergraduates in the life of the diverse communities that make up our world-class city. We work with offices and partnerships to incorporate a range of opportunities for members of the University community to encounter and learn with Chicagoans from all walks of life. In so doing, we facilitate the development of reciprocal, respectful collaborations between campus and city that empower students in the College both to deeper critical inquiry and also to more impactful responses to complex and systemic issues in Chicago, and by extension in cities around the world.

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What We Offer

  • "Chicago Studies" Annual

    Anthology of the best UChicago undergraduate scholarship, edited and collected in 1-2 year volumes and published by the College
  • Certificate in Chicago Studies

    An interdisciplinary opportunity for College students to integrate their academic inquiry with positive impact in Chicago while earning transcript-level recognition
  • Chicago Studies Quarter

    A quarter-long, interdisciplinary "deep dive" into studying and exploring the city with distinguished faculty and instructors
  • Course Connections Micro-Grants

    Financial support for instructors who want to engage Chicago in their teaching through experiential learning and guest speakers
  • Discover Chicago Events Series

    Bike and walking tours, hands-on opportunities, and cultural events to help UChicago encounter Chicago in new and unexpected ways
  • Engage Chicago Through Research

    Our new Chicago research portal features and collects Chicago datasets, student scholarship, and evolving research questions

Our Partners Include