The University’s neighborhood, Hyde Park, is home to nearly 60 percent of UChicago faculty and the majority of our graduate students. Hyde Park is also home to many amenities and attractions, including museums, theaters, eclectic restaurants and pubs, and diverse shopping.
With its walkable, tree-lined streets and college-town vibe, connected to downtown and the rest of the city by excellent public transportation, Hyde Park offers both the intimacy of a residential neighborhood and the advantages of city life. Affordable housing options for graduate students and their families make it easy to live within walking distance of campus, or you can opt for the free campus buses and shuttles which run throughout the neighborhood.
Once the site of the 1893 World’s Fair, Jackson and Washington Parks to the east and west of campus offer residents relaxing reprieves, including a Japanese garden and the Museum of Science and Industry—one of the world’s largest science museums.
Hyde Park’s beaches and lakefront bike path have stunning views of Chicago’s downtown skyline, and its cultural scene boasts the famed Hyde Park Jazz Festival, DuSable Museum of African American History, 57th Street Art Fair, Hyde Park Art Center, and many more venues and events, including some right on campus. With nonstop activities and a warm community feel, Hyde Park is perfect for students and their families.
The nation’s third–largest city, Chicago is a bustling metropolis with nearly 80 distinct neighborhoods. Students enjoy the city’s famed sports arenas, internationally renowned dining scene, vibrant night life, and ubiquitous parks and beaches.
In Chicago, you can eat our famous deep dish pizza, go for pierogis in Avondale, South Asian cuisine on Devon Avenue, or Szechuan in Chinatown. View the country’s first skyscraper and two of its tallest on architecture tours down the Chicago River, which snakes through the city’s downtown. Catch an improv show at the Second City—where the likes of Tina Fey and Mike Myers got their start—or take in a Chicago Bulls game at the stomping grounds of Michael Jordan and Derrick Rose. Shop the Magnificent Mile, dance at the Chicago Blues Festival, tour the Museum of Contemporary Art, or splash in Lake Michigan. In any pursuit or pastime, you’ll find a city that inspires and invigorates, a city that’s home.