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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.

  • Chicago Civic Journalism Project

    Professional development and publication opportunities for student journalists’ creative expression about urban issues and events



  • 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




  • Chicago Studies Scholars

    Methodology-focused series supporting students in the College who are preparing for and writing Chicago-engaged B.A. theses




  • Neighborhood Explorations

    Saturday afternoon student- and community-led explorations of the richly diverse communities that make up the city of Chicago
  • The Workshop

    Bi-weekly, interdisciplinary conversation among Chicagoland scholars and activists about key urban issues



  • Chicago Course Connections

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



  • Chicago Encounters

    Cultural events and community-based research and service opportunities that engage students in the life of the city
  • Summer Internships

    Intensive summer internship experiences supporting participatory, community-based research projects across Chicagoland



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!

From our Partner

Chicago Studies proudly supports South Side Weekly, a nonprofit newsprint and online magazine dedicated to supporting cultural and civic engagement on the South Side.

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