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CHICAGO STUDIES engages the intellectual, creative, and civic energies of University of Chicago undergraduates in the life of the diverse communities that make up our city. A partnership between the College and the University Community Service Center (UCSC), Chicago Studies highlights and creates opportunities for members of the University community to encounter and learn with Chicagoans from all walks of life. In so doing, we facilitate the development of reciprocal, respectful collaborations between city and campus that can meaningfully respond to complex and systemic social issues in Chicago.

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Our Programs

Chicago Studies programs offer students opportunities to
integrate their academic lives and develop professional skills in meaningful dialogue
with Chicago's diverse communities and local sources of knowledge.

  • Civic Journalism Workshop

    Professional development and publication opportunities for student journalists’ creative expression about urban issues and events, in partnership with UCIJAM and the South Side Weekly
  • Chicago Studies Scholars

    Coming soon: a cohort to support 3rd year students in the College who are interested in preparing for and writing Chicago-engaged B.A. theses




  • Community Research Workshop

    Bi-weekly, interdisciplinary conversations among Chicagoland scholars and activists about key urban issues, presented in collaboration with the Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry



  • Annual and One-Time Events

    Cultural events and community-based research and service opportunities that engage students in the life of the city and its diverse communities
  • Study Chicago Quarter

    An opportunity for undergraduate students to immerse themselves in study of Chicago's history, culture, and activism through three inter-related courses, offered annually during the Spring quarter




  • Chicago Course Connections

    Pedagogical support, professional development, and micro-grants for instructors who wish to enrich their classes with experiential learning opportunities



Chicago Studies Dispatches

Take a closer look at recent Chicago Studies-sponsored events, from collaborative research featured at the Workshop to deep dives into Chicago's diverse neighborhoods with the Study Chicago Quarter!

  • Last Friday, the Study Chicago cohort dug deep to remember their high school Spanish classes for their visit to Little

  • Professor Stephanie Anderson led an excursion to Spudnik Press where students got a chance to participate in the process of putting a book together

  • How long are people supposed to be mourned? On our field trip to St.

From our Partner

Chicago Studies partners with The South Side Weekly, a nonprofit newsprint and online magazine dedicated to supporting cultural and civic engagement on the South Side, to encourage and support civic journalism about Chicago.

Rise and Fall As Nabisco’s largest factory plans to move 600 jobs out of the Southwest Side, the bakery’s employees haven’t lost hope

Underserved and Under the Spotlight Uber brings the South Side into the battle between taxis and ridesharing services in Chicago

Redmoon: A Retrospective For the wide-eyed artists at Redmoon, an experimental theater based in Pilsen, taking bold ideas to extremes seemed to be a guiding principle, whether or not it was practical to do so