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. A partnership between The College (via the Program on the Global Environment) and the Office of Civic Engagement via University Community Service Center (UCSC), Chicago Studies incorporates 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.

What We Do

  • Civic Journalism Series

    Professional development opportunities for journalism about urban issues and events, in partnership with UCIJAM, South Side Weekly, and City Bureau



  • Chicago Studies Quarter

    A quarter-long for-credit immersion in study of Chicago through three inter-related courses, taught by distinguished instructors from a range of disciplines




  • Undergraduate Research Series

    An opportunity for dialogue and critique between Chicago-focused undergraduate researchers, professional academics, and the broader community
  • Engaged Research Support Grants

    Micro-grants and research support for College students who wish to meaningfully engage the local community in their academic projects




  • Annual and One-Time Events

    Community-based research, cultural events, and neighborhood explorations that engage students in the life of the city and its diverse communities
  • Chicago Course Connections

    Micro-grants and pedagogical support for instructors who wish to enrich their classes with Chicago-focused experiential learning opportunities



Chicago Studies Dispatches

Take a closer look at recent Chicago Studies-sponsored events, from collaborative research featured at the Workshop to deep dives into Chicago's diverse neighborhoods with the Study Chicago Quarter!