Helping the College discover, study, and engage the city we call home


In addition to its curricular programming and supports for faculty and course instructors, Chicago Studies offers regular co-curricular opportunities to discover, study, and engage with the diverse communities of our world-class city.  For the most current list of our upcoming and asynchronous/virtual offerings, visit our events page.

We also collaborate with citywide partners as well as on-campus departments, academic programs, and research centers to create new programming that introduces diverse audiences to scholarship and its applications in Chicago and in cities worldwide. If you are interested in developing a program in collaboration with Chicago Studies, or engaging a class/cohort in an upcoming Chicago Studies event, email Chris Skrable, Director of Chicago Studies & Experiential Learning in the College.

Dean Boyer and Professor Mark Hansen lead a bike tour in Southeast Chicago

Tours & Neighborhood Explorations

Chicago Studies regularly sponsors tours of Chicago neighborhoods, including our fall and spring South Side History Bike Tours with Dean Boyer, Professor John Mark Hansen, and other "celebrity" docents. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are partnering with Chicago-based technology company Vamonde to offer this content in virtual and self-guided formats.

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Conversations and Data in Dialogue Series

In 2020, Chicago Studies is sponsoring two interrelated speaker series, based on volume 9 of the Chicago Studies Annual (whose essays we're exploring in our podcast series, "Student Authors Speak").  The Chicago Studies Conversations series engages local scholar-practitioners on topics of local concern; and the Data in Dialogue series explores specific datasets and sources for Chicago research with experts and community partners.

We also regularly collaborate with departments, research centers, the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, and UChicago Arts to sponsor author and artist discussions on Chicago and urban topics.  Visit our events page for current offerings!

Interested in collaborating on an event?  Email Chris Skrable, Director of Chicago Studies & Experiential Learning in the College.

Ongoing Programming & Events

Collaborate with Chicago Studies on ANY of these programs, or integrate them into your class conversations

Interested in collaborating? Email us and let us know what you have in mind.