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Faculty & Course Instructors

Information about virtual and in-person experiential learning in the city, ways to introduce Chicago-focused content within your discipline, pedagogy, funding, and more.  One-on-one consultation also available for online or experiential pedagogy.

Fall 2020 Classes

Registration is open, and so are 40+ new virtual and in-person windows into our world-class city. Explore Fall 2020's Chicago-focused courses, including deep explorations of Chicago themes and opportunities for virtual and in-person experiential learning across the city and the curriculum.

Welcome to Chicago

Whether you think of it as the Windy City, the Second City, the City of Big Shoulders, the City in a Garden, or the City that Works, we're glad you're here.

Chicago Studies is here to make sure you don't stay an outsider while you're here as a student. Think of us as a sort-of-minor that can help you forge a genuine bond with Chi-town and its many communities. And if you're an instructor, think of us as your partner in constructing meaningful, impactful learning experiences throughout the Great American City.

Fall 2020 Events

It's 2020, so we're doing things differently. Visit our Events page for links to self-guided bike tours (with Dean Boyer), new podcasts, a series of conversations with partners, dialogues about Chicago data, a student documentary film festival, and so much more!

Go Biking with Dean Boyer!

It's a beautiful weekend.  Let College Dean John Boyer and Professor Mark Hansen take you on a tour of ten significant sites of the South and Near West Sides in our latest Vamonde tour, available on web or the Vamonde app!

"Chick-ago" (Doc Films 2019-2020)


Thursday 10/15: FULL ZOOM (7 PM CDT)

Four short documentaries produced during Professor Judy Hoffman’s Documentary Production class during fall 2019 and winter 2020 offer an enlightening and entertaining panorama of life in Chicago. Chick-Ago profiles a Mexican-American family who raises chickens in their backyard; 19 addresses the legacy of the 1919 race riot; the UChicago Womxn’s Rugby Team prepares for its final game of the season in Ball’s Out; and Gu Dao: Chinatown follows the lives of four people in Chicago’s Chinatown as the Covid-19 pandemic hits.

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