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 is an initiative designed to support 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

In January 2011, 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

The Chicago Innovation Exchange is the University of Chicago’s new hub for multidisciplinary collaborations and support for business start-up activities by University faculty, students, and area entrepreneurs. The CIE will bring together the University’s distinctive strengths in research and resources from a network of world-class entrepreneurship programs to drive innovation in a range of areas. Explore the Chicago Innovation Exchange »

UChicago Campus

UChicago has partnered with the city of Chicago to foster growth in the South Side through new construction, improved transportation, and employment opportunities.
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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. In both 2012 and 2013, 100 percent of the Charter School’s senior class went on to attend college.

  • 335 Collegiate Scholars Program alumni

    335 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 the Wharton School of business at U-Penn, 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, opening in late 2014, will provide space for proof-of-concept work, business incubation, collaboration opportunities, and programming for new ventures.

  • 100 state-certified University police officers

    100 state-certified University police officers

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

  • 3,000+ volunteers in the community

    3,000+ volunteers in the community

    The University Community Service Center, Office of Civic Engagement, University of Chicago Medicine, and other campus units place more than 3,000 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.

  • 2 free museums open to the public

    2 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 and the Oriental Institute Museum.

  • 100+ civic partnerships

    100+ civic partnerships

    UChicago partners with more than 100 cultural and civic organizations in the city of Chicago.

  • 5 factors found to transform student achievement

    5 factors found to transform student achievement

    Consortium on Chicago School Research

    UChicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research defined five key factors which, when working together, have proven to boost student achievement, including in especially troubled schools.

  • 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.