Carefully curated opportunities to discover, study, and engage the city of Chicago in new ways throughout the academic year, sponsored in partnership with the College and other key on- and off-campus partners
About Chicago Studies Events
Throughout the year, Chicago Studies sponsors opportunities for students to directly engage in the life of Chicago’s diverse communities. Annual events, such as participation in the City’s overnight census of homeless persons in January and attendance with youth-serving community partners at the annual “Louder than a Bomb” poetry slam, foreground diverse voices and experiences that students might not otherwise have been exposed to at the University. Other annual events include Dean Boyer's annual South Side History Bike Tour and leadership/promotion of Jane's Walks Chicago as part of the annual celebration of the birthday of the renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs on the first weekend in May, in partnership with nonprofit partner Friends of Downtown.
Chicago Studies co-sponsors events with a wide range of University and community partners, including UChicago Arts' ArtsPass program, the Office of Civic Engagement, the Office of Sustainability, Spiritual Life, and Student Government, to name just a few. In so doing, we hope to enrich the dialogue (and academic rigor) that can arise from these encounters with the richness of Chicago.
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Warning: This post contains spoilers.
The Mountain Between Us, a man-versus-the-elements tale that opened in wide release last weekend, becomes provocative only in its final quarter, when it considers how individuals resume normal life after undergoing a traumatic experience. Whereas most films about people stranded in the wilderness end when the protagonists die or find safety, Mountain continues for almost half an hour after the heroes (played by Kate Winslet and Idris Elba) return to civilization.…
On the new Nothing Valley, Pilsen four-piece Melkbelly have found a tense balance between delicate melody and frantic noise. Melkbelly shouldn't work so well.…
Betrayal undermines an engaging man of La Mancha in Writers Theatre’s latest. Henry Godinez isn't the Don Quixote type. That is, he doesn't much resemble the popular image of that famously misguided knight errant, propagated by everybody from Daumier and Doré to Dali and Picasso.…
The world is becoming more and more digitized, but choreographer Reggie Wilson doesn't see technology as a threat to the dance world at least. On the contrary, "the more technology is present, people have more of a need for contact," he says.…
What to do when a partner is poly under duress or flat-out miserable, and more Q: I'm a 25-year-old woman currently in a poly relationship with a married man roughly 20 years my senior. This has by far been the best relationship I've ever had.…
In the wake of today's repeal of the Cook County soda tax, I'd like to give a shout-out to the Cook County Board commissioner who's been speaking the most sensibly on the issue of the county's need to pay its bills.
That would be Larry Suffredin, the pride and joy of Evanston. He was one of two commissioners who, in a 15-2 vote, decided against a repeal; the other was Jerry "Iceman" Butler.
So come on down, Larry, and get your prize—a two-liter bottle of Mountain Dew!…