There’s a reason we’re called the University of Chicago—we take seriously our role as an urban university and actively engage our surrounding neighborhood and city. Your new home extends beyond our campus, into these welcoming and stimulating communities.
The University’s neighborhood, Hyde Park, is a residential community that’s home to nearly 60 percent of UChicago faculty. Hyde Park is also home to many amenities and attractions, including museums, theaters, eclectic restaurants and pubs, and diverse shopping.
Once the site of the 1893 World’s Fair, Jackson and Washington Parks to the east and west of campus offer residents relaxing reprieves from the city’s bustle, with a Japanese garden and the Museum of Science and Industry—one of the worlds largest science museums.
Hyde Park’s beaches and lakefront bike paths have stunning views of Chicago’s downtown skyline, and its arts scene boasts the famed Hyde Park Jazz Festival, DuSable Museum of African American History, 57th Street Art Fair, Hyde Park Art Center, and many more cultural venues and events, including some right on campus. With nonstop activities and a warm community feel, Hyde Park is perfect for students and their families.
City of Chicago
The nation’s third-largest city, Chicago is a bustling metropolis with nearly 80 distinct neighborhoods. Students enjoy the city’s famed sports arenas, internationally renowned dining scene, vibrant night life, and ubiquitous parks and beaches.
In Chicago, you can eat deep dish pizza at the original Pizzeria Uno’s or pierogis in Avondale, which has the largest Polish population in one neighborhood outside of Poland. View the country’s first skyscraper and its two tallest on boat-led architecture tours down the Chicago River, which snakes through the city’s downtown. Catch an improv show at the Second City—where the likes of Tina Fey and Mike Myers got their start—or take in a Chicago Bulls game at the stomping grounds of Michael Jordan and Derrick Rose. Shop the Magnificent Mile, dance at Chicago Blues Festival, tour the Museum of Contemporary Art, or splash in Lake Michigan. In any pursuit or pastime, you’ll find a city that inspires and invigorates, a city that’s home.