Situated near the southern tip of Lake Michigan, Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, with nearly three million living within the city limits. The city is justly famous for its modern architecture and open green spaces, remarkable for a city of such scale, and boasts a thriving commercial center and a flourishing arts community renowned for theater and music.
The Encyclopedia of Chicago is a fascinating resource to learn more about the city in general.
TimeOut Chicago is an excellent resource for staying up to date with current events and activities in the greater Chicago area.
The UChicago Arts page features a list of exciting performances and exhibits taking place both on-campus and off.
The UChicago Arts Pass provides unique benefits to UChicago students at over 70 theater, music, dance, visual art, and cultural institutions throughout Chicago.
Hyde Park and the University
Hyde Park and the University are located along the lake, seven miles from downtown. Once an independent town, the Hyde Park neighborhood has a history of social activism, political leadership, and community life; it is also the site of renowned museums and architectural landmarks.
The website of the Office of Campus and Student Life can help you explore the University and its surroundings. There you will find links to websites that will give you a sense of life on campus and that expand that view with information about dining, shopping, attractions, art, theater, movies, dance, sports, including links to some of the most popular online guides used regularly by Chicagoans.
You can also learn about the revitalization of 53rd Street, including the reopening of the Harper Court movie theater.
This Explore UChicago slideshow will give you a sense of the layout, architecture, landscaping, and atmosphere on campus, while the Humanities Division Calendar showcases the most current happenings in the Division.
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