Explore Chicago's Neighborhoods

Join Chicago Studies for a series of tours focused on the diverse neighborhoods of Chicago. Curated by Chicago Studies intern Akwe McDaniels, each of these tours contains a brief account of the history, important locations, and cultural traditions of each community—and a great restaurant to try to boot!

Next Info Session

Look for us Wednesday, September 29 at the Academic Opportunities Fair from 3:30-6:30 on the Main Quad to learn more about Chicago Studies programming this year

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.

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Urban Hike: Great Chicago Fire

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.

South Side History Bike Tour

This 20-mile bike tour, guided by Dean Boyer and Professor Mark Hanson, is a deep dive into the stories of key figures and significant places across the South and Near West Sides. We have reached capacity, but you can register for the waitlist.

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