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Engaging with the City

UChicago students engage with Chicago through service, summer work, meaningful internships, and full-time, post-graduate work opportunities—ranging from financial work at Morningstar (founded by a Chicago Booth graduate), curatorial projects at Washington Park’s Du Sable Museum of African American History, to service in coordination with Chicago Public Schools and local community organizations.

Through their Arts Pass, UChicago students take advantage of free access to a range of world-class museums, which include Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and the famed Art Institute, which boasts collections that span from Classical sculpture to archaic Chinese jades, Chicago architectural fragments, and works by Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Within walking distance of the Art Institute, students take photos with friends at Cloud Gate (a.k.a. “The Bean”), stroll along the River Walk, rock out at Lollapalooza, and explore the rest of the city via the many intersecting lines of the “L”.

For students further interested in the arts, 2nd Fridays in Pilsen offer access to many local galleries and artists. The stand-up comedy and theater scenes in Lake View and Lincoln Park draw House excursions for a plethora of shows at venues that include the famous Second City and MCL theaters. Many concerts, shows, and theater productions across the city, including the Joffrey Ballet and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, are available to students at discount rates via their Arts Pass.

On the South Side, near UChicago, students attend White Sox games and savor Chicago dogs in Bridgeport, enjoy boba and dim sum in Chinatown, peruse the uniquely Chicagoan Día de Los Muertos altars on display at Pullman’s annual Altar Walk, take in the tranquil beauty of Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park, and navigate the public lakefront trails that run from 79th Street to Promontory Point to the 31st Street Beach and all the way up into the Loop and beyond to Chicago’s North Side.

Bearing the kinds of fruits that only a major international center can, UChicago students find that there’s always something to do in the City of Big Shoulders.