The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Visit Campus

The University of Chicago welcomes prospective graduate students and visitors to our campus. On this site you will find information to help you plan your trip to Chicago and the university. You will find maps of the area, links to nearby accommodations, and information on joining a Graduate Admissions tour of campus. For more information, or to arrange a group tour, please contact Graduate Admissions via email at gradadmissions@uchicago.edu. We hope to see you here soon!

Tour Information

If you are a prospective or admitted graduate student and would like to join a tour of campus, current graduate students lead tours Monday through Friday. Tours leave from Rosenwald Hall, 1101 E. 58th St. and last approximately one hour. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that you please register in advance using our Campus Tour form. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation, including links to directions and parking information. If you have additional questions or need special accommodation, please feel free to write to a tour coordinator at gradadmissions@uchicago.edu.

Tour Schedule
January 6, 2014 — March 17, 2014
Monday 10:30 am 2:30 pm
Tuesday – Thursday 10:30 am  
Friday 10:30 am 2:30 pm
March 17, 2014 — April 4, 2014
Monday – Friday 10:30 am 2:30 pm
April 7, 2014 – June 14, 2014
Monday 10:30 am 2:30 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 10:30 am  
Friday 10:30 am 2:30 pm
Office Closures – Grad Office Closed on following days
May 26, 2014 Closed (Memorial Day)

Professional School Tours

If you are interested in undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago, information on College Admissions tours can be found here.

Several of our professional schools also offer regular campus open houses or visit days specific to their programs, which you can learn about on the websites listed below.

Chicago Booth
Campus Visit Program
Chicago Booth offers a Campus Visit Program on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Visits include an information session, building tour, class visits, and lunch with students. Learn more and register online 

Chicago Booth Live
Chicago Booth Live is a full-day visit opportunity offered once per quarter. This program allows prospective students to engage with our current students in various settings, interact with our faculty in the classroom, meet members of the Admissions Committee, and unwind with new friends at the Liquidity Preference Function (LPF). Learn more and register online

Chicago Harris
Each fall, Chicago Harris hosts information sessions on-campus for prospective students. Information sessions include a presentation of programs, curriculum, and application information. Admissions staff and current students are present to address all questions. Learn more and register online 

The Law School
The Law School offers student-led tours on Mondays and Fridays when classes are in session. Prospective students are also welcome to sit in on classes. Self-guided audio tours are also available. Learn more

School of Social Service Administration
Campus Visits
SSA campus visits offer the opportunity to tour the building, interact with SSA students, sit in on a class, and meet with an admissions representative.
Prospective master's students are encouraged to visit on Mondays and Wednesdays during the school year in order to take advantage of the opportunity to sit in on a class with a first-year student. Other days can be scheduled on request.
Prospective doctoral students can visit the weekly doctoral seminar and meet with the Director of the Doctoral Program and the Director of Admissions by contacting the Office of Admissions.
Learn more and register online

Saturday Information Sessions
SSA also offers Saturday information sessions from 10am-12pm once per month. Learn more and register online

Other Programs
Other individual programs may have open houses over the course of the school year. Please contact your program of interest to inquire about visit options. If you need help locating contact information for a specific program or department, please email the Office of Graduate Admissions at gradadmissions@uchicago.edu.

Location

The University of Chicago is located in the neighborhood of Hyde Park (map), seven miles south of the city center (also known as the Loop). Hyde Park is easily accessible from downtown by all major forms of transportation. If you are coming to campus from downtown, we suggest taking public transportation because parking on campus can be difficult. Please use the resources below for detailed travel instructions and information.

Flying to Chicago

Chicago is home to two international airports. The University of Chicago campus is easily accessed from either airport.

Midway

Midway International Airport is approximately eight miles west of the University of Chicago campus. Midway is easily accessible from our campus by public transportation, car, shuttle, and taxi.

O'Hare

O'Hare International Airport is approximately 30 miles northwest and is also accessible from our campus by public transportation, shuttle, car, and taxi.

Driving Directions

From Lake Shore Drive:

Exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry), heading west. Follow the curve around the museum, and take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance. Continue straight (west) to the campus.

From Indiana:

Take I-65 North or I-80 West to the Chicago Skyway (I-90 West). Drive westbound on the Skyway, exiting at Stony Island Avenue. Drive north on Stony Island Avenue and turn left on Midway Plaisance. Proceed west to campus.

From the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94):

Exit at Garfield Boulevard (55th Street) and drive east, following the signs for 55th Street through Washington Park. Once you cross over Cottage Grove Avenue, the campus is on your right.

From the northern suburbs:

Take I-90/94 to I-55 North to Lake Shore Drive South. Exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.

From the western suburbs:

Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) to I-90/94 East. Exit on the I-55 North Exit and then to Lake Shore Drive South. Exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.

From the southern suburbs:

Take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) northbound. Exit at Garfield Boulevard (55th Street) and drive east, following the signs for 55th Street through Washington Park. Once you cross over Cottage Grove Avenue, the campus is on your right.

From the southwest suburbs:

Take I-55 North to Lake Shore Drive South. Exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.

From Chicago Airports (Midway and O'Hare)

From Midway Airport:

From Midway Airport, go north on Cicero Avenue to the Stevenson Expressway (I-55). Take I-55 North to Chicago and exit to Lake Shore Drive South. From Lake Shore Drive, exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.

From O'Hare Airport:

From O'Hare Airport, take I-90 east to Chicago. Once past downtown Chicago, exit to I-55 North and then to Lake Shore Drive South. From Lake Shore Drive, exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.

Parking

There is limited street parking available on and around campus. Please allow for ample time to find a parking spot. However, there are also multiple parking garages on campus (see map). The preferred visitors' garages are located at 55th Street & Ellis Avenue and Drexel Avenue & 61st Street. Parking in the garages ranges from $4 for an hour, to $20 for 4+ hours; however, parking is a flat $4 for parking after 4:00 pm and on weekends.

Please note that parking in the Drexel Avenue garage is restricted to permit holders only between the hours of 5:00AM and 9:00AM.

For more information on parking, see here.

Public Transportation

Train

The quickest and easiest way to campus is to catch the Metra Electric commuter train at the Millennium Park/Randolph, Van Buren, or Roosevelt stations. Take the train to the 57th Street University of Chicago stop, which is about six blocks east of the center of campus. See the Metra Electric website for more information.

Bus

The southbound #6 Jackson Park Express bus (toward 79th/South Shore) runs along State Street and has multiple stops between Lake Street and Congress Parkway. From downtown this route continues south on Lake Shore Drive and into the Hyde Park area. Take this bus to 57th Street and Stony Island Avenue, and then walk west for about seven blocks to the center of campus. See the CTA website for more information.

From Midway Airport

Follow the airport signs to the CTA Orange Line/transit center. At the transit center, walk outside to the CTA bus terminal and board the #55 Garfield bus. The bus runs east on 55th Street to the Museum of Science and Industry. Exit at the Ellis Avenue stop (you will see the Ratner Athletics Center across the street). Walk south on Ellis Avenue (heading away from the Ratner Athletics Center) for two blocks to 57th Street. Turn left on 57th Street and continue east for half a block where you will see the main quadrangle and the Joseph Regentstein Library.

From O'Hare Airport

Take the CTA Blue Line train from the airport to the Jackson stop downtown. Exit the subway and walk one block east to State Street. Then follow directions for travel by the #6 Jackson Park Express bus.

Taxi and Cab services

Taxis are readily available at both Midway and O'Hare, and are also easy to flag in downtown Chicago. Trips cost roughly $35 to or from Midway or Downtown and approximately $60 to or from O'Hare. There are several ways to get a taxi from our campus to the airport:

  • Walk to the taxi stand in front of the University of Chicago Medical Center at the corner of Maryland Avenue and East 58th Street.
  • Call a cab from one of the main Chicago cab companies: Yellow Cab or Checker Cab. They can both be reached by dialing 312.829.4222. Plan to call at least an hour before your pick-up time.
  • Call the Quadrangle Livery Car Service to get a ride to airport. Their phone number is 773.418.8228. You can also email them at quadlivery@hotmail.com. This is a private car service and the rates will be higher than taxi cab rates.

Accommodations

Many of our visitors choose to stay in one of the many hotels downtown Chicago, as public transportation provides easy access to the Hyde Park neighborhood. If you wish to stay in Hyde Park, there are several local accommodation options, listed below (* indicates a hotel offering a University of Chicago rate). Further information on accommodations can be found here.

Hyatt Place Chicago South/University
Medical Center*
5225 S. Harper Avenue

Online Reservation Form
773.752.5300
Email Inquiries

The Quadrangle Club
1155 East 57th Street

773.702.2550
Email Inquiries

Ramada Inn Lake Shore*
4900 S. Lake Shore Drive

773.288.5800
773.288.5819

Virtual Tour

Can’t make it to campus? If you would like to know more about our campus, our neighborhood and our community, we hope you will enjoy our Virtual Tour highlighting some of the main attractions of graduate student life.