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.
Join Chicago Studies on the 150th anniversary of this traumatic event -- memorialized in both Chicago's flag and the University's "phoenix rising" crest -- as we walk the path of the Fire from Mrs. O'Leary's barn to the shores of Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park.
Learn to navigate like a Chicagoan
Everyone talks about Chicago's North, West, and South "Sides." But where did this way of talking about the city come from?
Chicago boasts over two hundred unique neighborhoods, each with its own history and character. Get a jumpstart on exploring some of our favorites.
Chicago's grid system can tell you where in the city a place is located using only its address, without even looking it up! Learn the grid's rules and history.
Since the 19th Century, Chicagoans have relied on the "L" -- the city's elevated rapid transit system -- to get around. Ride the rails like a pro with our guide.
Dozens of events about, around, and in Chicago. From Urban Hikes to special lecturers, browse our collection of Fall events.
Chicago-focused classes, Chicago Studies Quarter, and resources for students and faculty
Resources for studying Chicago topics and support for student researchers
Interdisciplinary transcript designation recognizing study of and engagement with Chicago