Hyde Park/Chicago Info

The University of Chicago enjoys a metropolitan environment which offers many cultural and recreational advantages. Chicago is known for its beautiful skyline, and its architecture is justly famous. Lake Michigan–a few blocks from the campus- offers swimming and boating, and an extensive system of parks and forest preserves provides facilities for golf, tennis, horseback riding, hiking, and other recreational activities. Nestled on the “Southside” of Chicago, is the enclave known as “Hyde Park.” The Hyde Park neighborhood is a diverse and eclectic urban community with a familial vibe. Many UChicago faculty and staff live in Hyde Park and enjoy many of the unique sights, shops/stores and restaurants it has to offer!

The University campus itself is an important source of intellectual and cultural life for the city. A continuing program of concerts, plays, exhibits, lectures, and other attractions draw visitors from the entire metropolitan area. The Music Department is one of the most exciting in the nation and has made the University a major center for contemporary works. When you visit our campus, stop by the Oriental Institute and see a remarkable collection of Middle Eastern artifacts. Pieces of sculpture, including works of Henry Moore and Antoine Poncet, dot the campus. Architecturally, the University is represented by Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and others.

Sports fans in Chicago have been noted for their perseverance and loyalty. Whatever your sport of choice is–chances are that we’ve got it here. From two historic baseball teams with the Cubs and the White Sox, to the legendary Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, and Fire (basketball, football, ice hockey, and soccer–-for the uninitiated), there’s a team here to keep you and your friends entertained all year round!

Chicago sprawls of life with all kinds of outdoor events including numerous summer festivals, free concerts at Millennium Park, Lollapalooza, the Pride Parade, the Chicago Marathon, the Air and Water Show, and more. Chicago’s nightlife is always wonderfully diverse. Jazz and blues grew up here and can be sampled all over the city. Cuisine to suit all tastes is plentiful and a variety of night clubs offer the latest in musical and comedy entertainment. Chicago’s progressive artistic community has spawned new movements in theater, dance, art, film and journalism. Cultural resources are everywhere, including the Chicago Symphony, the Lyric Opera, the Art Institute, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Shedd Aquarium, and numerous other museums, galleries, theaters, and concert halls.

Chicago has always been home to the biggest and best that artists have to offer. There are no shortage of classic sights to see here, such as the 50 ft high “Chicago Picasso” in the Daley Center Plaza, and the Buckingham Fountain–one of the world’s largest fountains and the traditional spectacular centerpiece of Chicago’s world famous lakefront Grant Park. Millennium Park (housed within Grant Park), is also an ambitious mélange of gardens and three world famous artistic/architectural gems: the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a band shell designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Cloud Gate, a three-story, 110-ton steel sculpture that has been dubbed by Chicagoans as “The Bean,” the first large scale U.S. work of world-renowned artist Anish Kapoor, and the Crown Fountain, which you have to see to believe- imagine a three story sheet of water cascading over a video background of one of a thousand Chicago faces and when the person purses his or her lip, the fountain spews water from a point in the video display that makes it appear as though the person is spitting the water out–amazing to witness–an artistic masterpiece!
During your time here, the city and the University of Chicago will undoubtedly provide a vibrant, stimulating environment.