Chicago Studies

Chicago Studies is a partnership between the College and UCSC that engages the intellectual, creative, and civic energies of University of Chicago undergraduates in the life of diverse Chicago communities.

Chicago Studies programming includes:

  • Discover Chicago Events - a series of unique opportunities to experience the City of Chicago in ways that students might not discover on their own.  
  • Neighborhood Explorations – Regular expeditions to Chicago communities, on bike, train, or foot and led by students, faculty, staff, and community residents.
  • Cabaret Series - In partnership with Logan Arts Center, a once-per-quarter "live magazine"-style performance opportunity for students to share their stories of "This Chicago Life."
  • Chicago Course Connections - Pedagogical support, professional development, and micro-grant funding to course instructors who wish to enrich an undergraduate or mixed grad/undergrad class with experiential learning opportunities.
  • Chicago Civic Journalism Workshop - Ongoing professional development and publication opportunities for student journalists’ creative expression about urban issues and events -- in collaboration with UCIJAM, the South Side Weekly, and City Bureau.
  • Chicago Studies Quarter - A quarter-long opportunity to immerse in academic study of Chicago through three interrelated classes focusing on the city, enriched by a program of weekly excursions to sites of interest throughout the city.
  • Undergraduate Research Workshop - A presentation and dialogue opportunity for undergraduate students wishing to share the fruits of their ongoing or recently-completed community-based research with other students, staff, and community members.

Chicago Studies also curates an extensive calendar of upcoming Chicago happenings for students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of.

Visit the Chicago Studies website to learn more!