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.
Upcoming in Chicago
When I read year-end "best of" lists, I wonder if I'm living in a different world than the critics who write them. I love Kendrick Lamar as much as the next sentient being, but when I think back on the music of 2017, Damn doesn't loom as large in my mind as it seems to in everyone else's (at least judging by its appearance at or near the top of almost every list).…
Wild Prairie Vinyl & Vintage opens in the old KStarke Records storefront, the Hideout throws a soulful New Year’s Eve party with the Right Now, and more. KStarke Records, the Ukrainian Village shop run by veteran DJ Kevin Starke, closed for good last month.…
The U.S. is the only major market that freezes artists out of resale profits. There's a lot not to like about the art market, including its long-standing propensity for making collectors rich while leaving "starving artists" in the financial dust. In 2015, Chicago artist Kerry James Marshall donated a new painting to the Museum of Contemporary Art for its annual benefit auction—a fancy affair in which contributed art is sold to raise money for the museum.…
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This morning NPR Music published the results of the annual Jazz Critics Poll organized by Francis Davis—it's been hosted by NPR Music for the past five years, but it started in 2006 at the Village Voice. Though only one album from my personal top ten landed in the upper echelons of the poll, I can heartily recommend all of the consensus picks, especially the new albums by Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn, Nicole Mitchell, and Roscoe Mitchell.…