Our research, conversations, and aspirations are shaped by, and contribute to, the great city of Chicago. Students and faculty engage the city as a subject for inquiry through our Chicago Studies program, and Chicago’s diverse population and thriving business and cultural sectors give us rich opportunities for research, hands-on learning, volunteering, and work experience. Based in Hyde Park on Chicago’s South Side, we engage our community both as scholars and neighbors. Our ambitious partnerships and programs extend to urban education, urban health care, the arts, economic development, business diversity, and public safety. We are not just in Chicago, we are of Chicago, setting a new standard for urban universities.

This is UChicago

UChicago Breakthrough

UChicago Breakthrough
Together with its medical center, the University is the second-largest private employer in Chicago and the largest on Chicago’s South Side.
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STEP (Strategic Teaching and Evaluation of Progress)

UChicago’s Urban Education Institute aims to gather the knowledge necessary to produce excellent urban schooling and apply the results in a meaningful way. Students at LEARN South Chicago are among those who benefit from UEI’s STEP program.
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New Hospital Pavilion

UChicago partners with the city and our Hyde Park neighbors to revitalize East 53rd Street by drawing business to the area and supporting infrastructure. In addition, UChicago Local supports local businesses on the Mid–South Side.
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Harper Court

The Arts Incubator in Washington Park provides a dedicated space for artists to grow professionally and build creative connections with the surrounding community.
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The University of Chicago Medicine’s Center for Care and Discovery has advanced medical care on the South Side since opening in early 2013. Nearly $200 million in contracts were awarded to minority- and women-owned businesses to complete its construction.
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Urban Teacher Education Program

More than 90 percent of graduates from the University’s Urban Teacher Education Program continue making a difference in the classrooms of Chicago Public Schools and other urban school districts after five years in the profession, a much higher rate than for most new teachers in low-income urban schools.
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UChicago Promise

UChicago Promise is the University of Chicago’s pledge to help increase college access and readiness for Chicago high school students. It marks a strong investment in the University’s long-standing commitment to providing opportunities for Chicago’s students.
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Urban Health Initiative

The Urban Health Initiative of the University of Chicago Medicine provided a $50,000 grant to the inaugural CommunityHealth Englewood Clinic to support area residents in need of health care services. UHI is a partnership that aims to improve South Side health through research, education, and clinical care.
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Chicago Innovation Exchange

A hub for multidisciplinary collaborations, the Chicago Innovation Exchange supports business start-up activities by University faculty, students, and area entrepreneurs. The CIE brings together the University’s distinctive strengths in research with resources to drive innovation, applying scientific discoveries to generate scalable solutions to difficult societal problems. Explore the Chicago Innovation Exchange »

Presidential Library

UChicago is collaborating with the Barack Obama Foundation, the city of Chicago, and the South Side community on the future Barack Obama Presidential Center.
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  • 4 Charter School campuses through UEI

    4 Charter School campuses through UEI

    Urban Education Institute

    The University’s Urban Education Institute works to create reliably excellent schooling for urban American youth and operates the University of Chicago Charter School’s four campuses. For the past four years, 100% of the Charter School's senior class has been accepted to college.

  • 446 Collegiate Scholars Program alumni

    446 Collegiate Scholars Program alumni

    Collegiate Scholars Program

    CSP prepares talented Chicago Public Schools students to attend top colleges and universities. CSP alumnus Shareef McDonald attends college at Penn's Wharton School of Business, where he mentors fellow students and spends summers interning on Wall Street.

  • 50+ Neighborhood Schools Program sites

    50+ Neighborhood Schools Program sites

    Neighborhood Schools Program

    NSP places UChicago students as classroom assistants to urban teachers and as interns to elected officials and community programs.

  • 3 centers for entrepreneurship

    3 centers for entrepreneurship

    The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation provide services and support to local entrepreneurs. The Chicago Innovation Exchange provides space for proof-of-concept work, business incubation, collaboration opportunities, and programming for new ventures.

  • 80+ state-certified University police officers

    80+ state-certified University police officers

    University of Chicago Police Department officers patrol and offer safety education and other services in the neighborhood.

  • 550,000 hours of service to the community

    550,000 hours of service to the community

    UChicago students, faculty, and staff contribute 550,000 hours of paid and unpaid work in service to the community through internships, academic course and program service hours, field placements, federal work-study, and other community service activities. The University Community Service Center, Office of Civic Engagement, University of Chicago Medicine, and other campus units place more than 3,500 University volunteers in Chicago through community partnerships.

  • 3,500+ volunteers in the community

    3,500+ volunteers in the community

    The University Community Service Center, Office of Civic Engagement, University of Chicago Medicine, and other campus units place more than 3,500 University volunteers in Chicago through community partnerships.

  • 9 Mandel Legal Aid Clinic projects

    9 Mandel Legal Aid Clinic projects

    The mission of the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic is to teach students effective advocacy skills, professional ethics, and the effect of legal institutions on the poor; to examine and apply legal theory while serving as advocates for people typically denied access to justice; and to reform legal education and the legal system to be more responsive to the interests of the poor.

  • 7 free museums open to the public

    7 free museums open to the public

    Smart Museum

    Museums, theaters, and other arts venues on campus offer programs to make arts and culture meaningful and accessible to local children and adults, including the Smart Museum of Art, the Renaissance Society, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts gallery, the Arts Incubator, the Special Collections Research Center Gallery, Neubauer Collegium Exhibitions, and the Oriental Institute Museum.

  • 300+ civic partnerships

    300+ civic partnerships

    UChicago partners with more than 300 cultural and civic organizations in the city of Chicago.

  • 28 Civic Leadership Fellows

    28 Civic Leadership Fellows

    The inaugural class of Civic Leadership Academy Fellows included 15 leaders from nonprofit organizations and 13 from government offices. Each fellow logged 132 hours in the classroom, and a combined 140 hours of coaching was provided by Chicago Booth's Social Enterprise Initiative.

  • 30+ clinical sites in the South Side Healthcare Collaborative

    30+ clinical sites in the South Side Healthcare Collaborative

    A network of community-based health centers, free clinics, and local hospitals—including the University of Chicago Medicine—come together to provide South Side families with regular access to primary care physicians. The collaborative helps patients build ongoing relationships with their doctors to promote wellness and disease prevention.