• 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

  • The Reader’s film editor selects his favorite movies that premiered in Chicago this year. One thing you should know about the Reader's year-end film rankings is that, from time immemorial, we've limited the candidates to movies that premiered locally between January 1 and December 31—that's why Toni Erdmann, a big awards favorite in 2016, wasn't eligible until this year, and a handful of highly touted films premiering on the coasts now to qualify for the Oscars (such as Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread and Michael Haneke's Happy End) won't be considered until 2018. Another thing you should know is that, for the first time, I and contributing writer Ben Sachs, whose year-end list appears on the Bleader, agreed on three whole films: Toni Erdmann, Nocturama, and Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.…
  • A few caveats to this list. Since, according to Reader rules, I can include only movies that received their Chicago premieres in 2017, I'm unable to list two of my favorite films to have received local runs this year.…
  • Writer-director Rian Johnson adds a gender twist to the franchise’s long tradition of pedagogy. This review contains spoilers. In 1997, when I was eight years old, my father took me and my sisters to see the first three Star Wars movies, which were being rolled out in U.S. theaters in January, February, and March of that year to mark the franchise's 20th anniversary.…
  • A “sporty” Italian really wants to know. Plus: better dick pics, and more Q: I am a 22-year-old Italian man, 100 percent straight, sensitive and sporty. I have been reading Savage Love for years in Internazionale.…
  • Seventeen spots where you could escape the Great Garbage Fire of 2017. What have you taken comfort in during this terrifying, infuriating, exhausting year? Maybe oblivion in an ocean of whiskey?…
  • Next year can’t possibly be worse, can it? With Christmas and the New Year right around the corner, it's time to write about the good things in life, not just the bad—the presents under the tree, if you will, as opposed to the coals in the stockings. A year ago, in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election, it seemed unimaginable to have anything good to say about politics.…