Engaging Chicago through Research

Chicago Studies supports undergraduate research on Chicago, connecting students from any discipline with community partners and datasets from across the city, research mentors from across the University's divisions and academic centers, and supplemental advising about developing and executing collaborative or participatory engaged research projects in Chicago's diverse communities. We also host an annual Chicago-focused BA Thesis colloquium, award an annual undergraduate research prize, maintain a Chicago data repository (in collaboration with UChicago Library), and publish the prestigious Chicago Studies Annual to anthologize each year's best undergraduate research on the city.

Thinking about doing research on Chicago in the midst of social distancing?  Check out our new podcast, "Research in the Time of COVID," hosted by Chicago Studies' preceptor Shannon Morrissey!

Advising & Resources

Chicago Studies collaborates with content experts across campus, at UChicago Library (see their new VIDEO GUIDES below), and around the city to support and preserve College student research on Chicago. Whether you're looking for interesting research questions or unexplored data, trying to identify external collaborators in or access a special collection about your favorite topic, or just hoping to share your finished research with a broader public, Chicago Studies can help.

Quick Links

Explore Chicago Datasets with UChicago Library

SHORT video introductions to key Chicago resources from UChicago content experts!

Learn more about researching Chicago in our new podcast "Research in the Time of COVID"

Chicago Studies Annual

An anthology of exceptional undergraduate research on the city