Chicago Studies

57th and Woodlawn Block Party

University Resources and Neighbors of South Woodlawn Avenue

All students are invited to explore the resources and many opportunities offered by a number of University offices, centers and partners on this block of our neighborhood. Enjoy music from a live DJ, a variety of activities, games, prizes and food stations across the block. All participants will be entered into several raffle drawings for collecting stamps from the many stations at each location.

Chicago Studies

Wed Sep 21, 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM

Harper Memorial Library, Room 140, 1116 East 59th Street

Modeled on the College’s study abroad programs, the Chicago Studies Quarter allows students to immerse themselves in the city of Chicago through a suite of three classes taught by distinguished scholars of the city’s history, culture and policy debates. The Quarter features excursions, guest speakers and meetings with civic groups to enrich class meetings. There are weekly trips to key sites, including restaurants, cultural centers, churches and neighborhood organizations. The Chicago Studies Quarter is ideal for those who want to integrate their academic studies with the experience of our dynamic urban context.

Engage Chicago Through Service

Sat Sep 24, 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM

12:30 PM Check-In at Reynolds Club, Hutchinson Courtyard, 5706 South University Avenue

Engage Chicago with your Housemates and more than 500 other new students through service projects in local communities. Past projects have included community gardening, college prep activities with high school students, and building a playground. Projects take place at more than 30 different organizations throughout the South and West sides of Chicago. Through “community conversations,” you will learn from community leaders about a variety of social justice issues and ways to get involved across the city.

Midnight Madness on 57th Street

Sat Sep 24, 9:00 PM to Sun Sep 25, 12:00 AM

57th Street Between Lake Park and South Woodlawn Avenues

Need some retail therapy or a late night bite to eat? Tonight’s the night to discover 57th Street!!! Businesses, including Powell’s Books Chicago, Noodles, Etc., the Medici Restaurant and Bakery, Z&H Market Café, Cemitas, and 57th St Books will welcome students with extended hours and once-a-year deals. Check out the madness! You’ll see why this has quickly become a back-toschool tradition.

Resident Masters' Activities Night

Tue Sep 20, 6:00 PM

Locations and times will be announced at your House meeting on Saturday night

This night has been set aside for activities that allow you to connect to other students in your Residence Hall and is hosted by the Resident Masters. This is your introduction to the recreational, cultural, and educational programs your building staff will offer in the upcoming year. Your Resident Masters’ Activity or Community Activity will be announced during the House Meeting on Saturday, September 17. 

South Side History Bike Tour

Sat Oct 1, 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Registration Begins at Bartlett Quad, 5640 South University Avenue

Explore the social, cultural, and political history of Chicago’s South Side on this annual 15- mile bike tour led by College Dean John Boyer (History) and Professors Terry Nichols Clark (Sociology) and Mark Hansen (Political Science). Participants visit and learn about ten sites of historical prominence across the South Side. Participants must provide their own bike and helmet. Registration is required to participate and limited. To register, please visit: chicagostudies. For additional information, contact UCSC Associate Director Chris Skrable at or 773.834.1159.

Tenth Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Sun Sep 25, 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Various locations in arts and cultural venues throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood

(See the 9/24 listing of this event or visit for more details.)

Tenth Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Sat Sep 24, 1:00 PM to Sun Sep 25, 12:00 AM

Various locations in arts and cultural venues throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood

The 10th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival features some of Chicago’s most critically acclaimed artists as well as nationally and internationally recognized jazz talents. Presented on 14 stages across Hyde Park—including two stages on the Midway Plaisance, Logan Center for the Arts, and Oriental Institute Museum—this one-of-a-kind two-day free festival presents more than 30 live jazz performances in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings, film screenings, a dance floor, picnic areas, food vendors, and artisan booths. See for complete information. 

9/24 Performances

1:00 - 2:30 PM
Matt Ulery’s Loom
Smart Museum of Art, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue
Free performance by Matt Ulery’s Loom as part of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.

2:30 - 4:00 PM
Thaddeus Tukes & Isaiah
Smart Museum of Art, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue
Free performance by Thaddeus Tukes (vibraphone) and Isaiah Collier (saxophone) as part of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.

Randy Weston at Rockefeller
Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 South Woodlawn Avenue
Randy Weston plays a solo concert at Rockefeller Chapel at the apex of the weekendlong Hyde Park Jazz Festival. The Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich says of Weston that the “towering pianist remains at the forefront of interweaving musical practices of Africa with contemporary jazz improvisation and composition.” Free.

The CKP (Civic Knowledge Project) Experience

Thu Sep 22, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Bus will leave promptly at 1:00 PM from the corner of 59th Street and University Avenue

Join the Civic Knowledge Project as we head over to the Bronzeville neighborhood for a conversation with the Senior Statesman of Chicago’s South Side, civil rights activist and oral historian Timuel D. Black, who will discuss how important it is for UChicago students to connect to Chicago’s South Side and how you can get involved with the Civic Knowledge Project (CKP). The CKP offers exciting opportunities for students to learn about and engage with the South Side--for example, the nationally recognized pre-collegiate philosophy program, Winning Words, where University students have the opportunity to work with local elementary, middle, and high school students to encourage critical thinking and ethical reflection through a philosophy and humanities based curriculum.

The College and ArtsPass Present: College Night at the Museum of Science and Industry

Sat Sep 24, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 South Lake Shore Drive

Faculty, staff, and returning students welcome the Class of 2020 and entering transfer students. Students are invited to explore the MSI and its exhibits, including watching the Omnimax documentary Born To Be Wild (screening times: 8:00, 9:00, and 10:00 PM). Also, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages in the Rotunda. Regular campus bus service will be available in addition to special shuttles to take students to the MSI from Residence Halls. Check the front desk of your Residence Hall for bus schedules.