• Opportunities to discover, study, and engage the city of Chicago in new ways throughout the academic year

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.

Upcoming in Chicago

  • 06/30/2017 to 01/14/2018 -

    MATERIALKINK, a group exhibition of contemporary art examining the intersection between materiality and alternative sexualities.

    Curated by Chicago-based artist José Santiago Pérez, MATERIALKINK

  • 10/20/2017 to 11/26/2017 -

    An absurdist comedy in which a young New York City woman of Puerto Rican descent finds herself immersed in a battle led by angels to save the universe from a senile and ineffectual God. Marisol Perez

  • 10/21/2017 to 12/10/2017 -

    Set in the twilight years of the 19th century, this dark musical by Michael John LaChiusa chronicles the journey of Marie Christine, a racially mixed woman imprisoned without a trial to face death.

  • 10/20/2017 to 11/19/2017 -

    LYSISTRATA JONES by Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn takes the premise of the Greek comedy LYSISTRATA, in which the women of Athens refuse to have sex with their husbands and lovers until the

  • 10/07/2017 to 11/19/2017 - Black Ensemble Theater presents Living The Renaissance In Harlem, Chicago & Detroit, at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N Clark St. in Chicago, October 7 - November 19, 2017.
  • 10/05/2017 to 11/09/2017 -

    Second City provides something for everyone in this fast-paced, highly interactive show. We’re putting politics aside for the night and focusing on fun. You’ll see some of our favorite scenes and