Chicago Bound

Chicago Bound

Participants: Incoming first-year students

Timing: Week-long pre-orientation experience before Fall Quarter

Application Information: Applications are due in early summer

Prerequisites: No prior civic engagement, volunteering, or social justice experience is needed.


Chicago Bound is a week-long pre-orientation experience for incoming first-year students, sponsored in partnership with the Institute of Politics, that advances community awareness and civic engagement while introducing students to the city of Chicago.

The program aims to give participants a solid foundation for becoming a well-informed, active resident of the city and encourages them to think beyond campus and make the most of their college experience.

Led by current UChicago students, Chicago Bound cohorts learn about Chicago communities — including those neighboring the University — through engagement with community partners and community-based organizations, documentaries, and other forms of learning and engaging. Students also learn about methods of affecting social change, including direct service, research and evaluation, advocacy and activism, community organizing, public policy, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy.

Critical issues in the city of Chicago that are explored through the program include immigration, segregation and racism, education, health, community economic development, and gender and identity.

Chicago Bound 2021
Chicago Bound 2021



The application for the 2022 Chicago Bound program is closed. 



Syedah Cabell, Associate Director of Student Programming

University Community Service Center



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The University Community Service Center

The Institute of Politics

  • Syedah Cabell
  • 773-834-2699