University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is located in the neighborhood of Hyde Park, seven miles south of downtown Chicago. U Chicago, one of the world’s premier institutions was founded in 1890 through a gift from John D. Rockefeller. The campus is as impressive as the academics, boasting architecture ranging from Neo-Gothic to Contemporary.  Most undergraduate classes are in the Main Quadrangle; the heart of U Chicago’s campus, itself a botanic garden. A short car ride away, the 53rd Street corridor has become Hyde Park’s center for restaurants, shops and entertainment.


Stay: Hyatt |  Breakfast: Pret A Manger

Lunch: Giordano's  | Dinner:  The Promontory

Visitor Information: Tour U Chicago


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Transportation: If you choose to fly to Chicago for your visit, there are two major commercial airports in the Chicago area: O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. Midway International Airport is approximately eight miles west of the University of Chicago campus. Midway is easily accessible from campus by public transportation, car, shuttle, and taxi. O’Hare International Airport is approximately 30 miles northwest and is also accessible from UChicago by public transportation, shuttle, car, and taxi. PARENT TIP: Try not to book last flight of the day when potential for bad weather. All Amtrak trains serving Chicago arrive at Union Station. 

Stay: The closest option to campus is the Hyatt Place Chicago South, located right in downtown Hyde Park just off 53rd Street. In downtown Chicago, the Hilton Chicago on Michigan Avenue offers a discounted rate for UChicago guests. An added incentive--for every guest who stays at the Hilton, the hotel will make a donation to the University of Chicago’s Odyssey Scholarship program. Looking to stay in style? The Four Seasons and Peninsula also offer a discounted rate—be sure to say you’re visiting the University. For a smaller, more boutique option, check in to the Thompson Chicago. With a fantastic location across from Millennium Park, The Chicago Athletic Association is a unique stay. The 1890’s club has been reborn as a hotel with a rooftop restaurant and bar and large epic game room with built-in bocce, shuffleboard and billiard tables—fun and funky.

Coffee: Purchase some gear and your morning brew at The University Bookstore Café.  UChicago has many student-run coffee shops around campus that offer specialty coffee from Grounds of Being, Bow Truss Coffee Roasters, TeaGschwendner Tea, and fresh pastries from Labriola Baking Company.

BreakfastPret A Manger is very popular on campus. On a nice day students congregate on the lovely outside patio, usually hunched over laptops doing work. Hyde Park is where the Obama’s called home before the White House and Washington beckoned, and classic diner Valois is known as one of Obama’s favorite haunts. This old-school neighborhood landmark serves breakfast all day—eat at Obama’s favorite table complete with a life-size portrait of the 44th President under the glass tabletop.

Lunch: Staying on campus head to Café Logan, conveniently located within Logan Center for the Arts, for gourmet sandwiches, salads, and small plates. Plein Air Cafe, also on campus, is a French atelier-inspired café serving a nice array of tartines, bowls, and salads. Off campus students hang out at Medici on 57th, serving American fare staples such as burgers, pizzas, and sandwiches. Delicious tortas, tacos, and guacamole make Cemitas Puebla another popular student spot. Over by 53rd Street get your fix of Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza at Pizza Capri or Giordano’s.


Casual: Transport yourself to the islands without leaving Hyde Park when you order a Ja’Rum Punch to sip alongside Jamaican specialties at Ja’GrillPork Chop, with six locations throughout Chicago, is a classic American BBQ joint.

A Step Up: French and Italian flavors mingle at A10, also known for its excellent Sunday brunch, also from Chef Merges. The Promontory is everyone’s favorite choice when their parents are in town for farm to table cuisine in a stylish, modern space.

Local Attractions: Hyde Park has many interesting sights to see after your tour. Just a short block away from the heart of campus, tour the Robie House. Frank Lloyd Wrights’ famous Prairie school gem is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. Stop by the Gothic reading room of the Harper Memorial Library, the university’s first library. Allow ample time to explore the Museum of Science and Industry, the largest Science Museum in the Western Hemisphere. Other highlights include: the DuSable Museum of African American History, UChicago’s Smart Museum of Art and Oriental Institute Museum which houses the greatest collection of Egyptian artifacts outside of Cairo and The Renaissance Society, one of the oldest contemporary art museums in the country. 



— Quotes From Campus —

I love the combination of campus life with the city of Chicago as our backdrop—it’s truly the best of both worlds. Plus it’s great to have Lake Michigan bordering our campus, especially on nice days.
— Claire
Everyone at UChicago is incredibly smart and takes their studies seriously. It is a very intellectual campus. I know some people joke that UChicago is where fun goes to die, but there are plenty of social activities on and around campus, you just may have to be more proactive than at other schools in searching them out.
— Patrick
I have a very hard course load, but so does everyone. Students take their studies seriously. I love the chance to interact with all different kinds of people. You can find lively debates and conversations happening all the time around campus.
— Raj





Phil the Phoenix

School Colors

Maroon & White

Acceptance Rate

7.9% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Action


Average - 1540


Average - 33




Medium - 6,300 Undergraduates




Admissions Office

5801 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637-1513

(p) (773) 702-8650
(f) (773) 702-4199

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life

Yes but small

Noteworthy Alumni

Ed Asner
David Auburn
Elizabeth Cheney

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