Buckingham Fountain downtown in the loop is a popular tourist site.

Welcome to Chicago!

As you begin your UChicago journey, don't forget that your "top tier" college is situated in a world class city—Chicago! Chicago Studies is here to help you get to know this fascinating place, and to make it easier for you to make meaningful connections here during your years in the College.

The resources below offer brief introductions to things we think you might want to know about as you get situated in our city, and especially on the South Side (not sure what that whole "Sides" thing means? Learn more here).  But don't feel you have to get to know Chicago alone -- join us for an upcoming urban hike/bike (list coming soon), register for a class on Chicago, dive into Chicago research, sign up for our newsletter, and follow us on Instagram (@ChicagoStudies) for things to do in the city every weekend!

Left:  Buckingham Fountain has been a focal point for Chicago's Grant Park since 1927!  Learn more about its history from Chicago Parks District.  Photo by Chloe Zheng ('23).

Navigating Chicago

Whether you are a native Chicagoan or new to the city, understanding a few key ways that Chicagoans locate themselves in the city (and get around it) will help you become a more savvy urban explorer.

Deep Dives

Start Exploring your City

Whether you're an intrepid urban explorer, a history lover, a photographer, or a daily runner, Chicago (and Chicago Studies) has offerings for you!

Chicago Podcasts

A curated list of some of the best general, thematic, and special interest listening to learn more about Chicago.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours

Explore popular Chicago neighborhoods city-wide, virtually or in-person, with our student-curated self-guided tours

Chicago Cultural Alliance

Explore Chicago's diverse communities in CCA's 40+ ethnic museums, archives, and cultural institutions citywide.

Chicago in Photos

The top 20 images (from over 700!) from our Chicago in Photos contest (Autumn 2022).

Running Chicago

Want to run the (very flat) Windy City?  Here's some close-to-campus routes to get you started.

Chicago for your Walls

Chicagoan Steve Shanabruch's collection of WPA-style posters of Chicago neighborhoods and landmarks.

Our Best Of

Explore interactive Google map of our recommended live theater venues, music venues, cafes, and restaurants. Do you have a suggestion? Let us know here!

South Side Weekly

Keep updated on neighborhoods near campus.

Divy Biking on a Budget

Are you FAFSA eligible? If so, you can get a Divy Bike membership for just $5.00 a year.