Social

57th and Woodlawn Block Party

Fri Sep 23,
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

57th Street and 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.

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.

Bulls and Buns: Breakfast and Scavenger Hunt at the Oriental Institute

Thu Sep 22,
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Oriental Institute Museum Galleries, 1155 East 58th Street

A Colossal Statue of King Tut. A 40-ton Winged Bull. Ann Sather’s Cinnamon Rolls. Experience all this and more as you hunt for ancient secrets in the Oriental Institute. View the museum’s renowned collections excavated from ancient sites in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Israel. Don’t miss this opportunity to see art and artifacts that visitors from around the world travel thousands of miles to see! Breakfast will be provided by the Ann Sather Swedish Bakery, a Chicago restaurant landmark renowned across town for their famous cinnamon rolls. The breakfast and hunt are free. Don’t forget to sign up for your courtesy Arts Pass membership! 

Center for College Student Success Launch Party and Open House

Wed Sep 28,
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Harper Quadrangle, Behind Harper Memorial Library, 1116 East 59th Street

Join Dean Boyer and other members of the College administration for a cookout, music, and games to celebrate the beginning of another great academic year. All College students are invited to join the festivities. Free, class-specific giveaways will be handed out to the first 300 students in each class, so be sure to arrive early. Please bring your UCID and check in at the registration table.

Center for College Student Success Open House

Wed Sep 28,
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Harper Memorial Library, West Tower 406, 1116 East 59th Street

The Center for College Student Success (CCSS) provides advising, resources, and support to students in the College, especially those who are first in their family to attend college, from lower-income backgrounds or who may be undocumented or DACAmented. Stop by our open house to enjoy some refreshments, meet our staff, and learn more about the resources we have to offer.

Coed Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

Fri Sep 23, 2:00 PM

Midway Plaisance Fields

Come to the Midway on Friday afternoon at 2:00 PM for the second annual O-Week Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, hosted by the Men’s and Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Clubs! The tournament is coed and everyone is welcome (including any upperclassmen already on campus). Games will be 5v5 to 9, capped at 40 minutes. If you don’t have a team of five, don’t worry—show up anyway and you’ll be placed on a team! Food and music will be available along with the chance to meet a lot of new people! Join our Facebook group to stay up-to-date on this event at www.facebook.com/groups/OWeekUltimate2016.

College Kickoff

Wed Sep 28,
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Harper Quadrangle, Behind Harper Memorial Library, 1116 East 59th Street

Join Dean Boyer and other members of the College administration for a cookout, music, and games to celebrate the beginning of another great academic year. All College students are invited to join the festivities. Free, class-specific giveaways will be handed out to the first 300 students in each class, so be sure to arrive early. Please bring your UCID and check in at the registration table.

Community Welcome Receptions

Sun Sep 20,
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

You and your family will have an opportunity to take a break from moving in to visit with your Resident Staff. Throughout the year, you will attend many study breaks, faculty dinners, and other programs offered by the Resident Staff in your Residence Hall and throughout the city of Chicago.

See below for times and locations for the Resident Master's Reception at your Residence Hall.

 

BLACKSTONE HALL

5748 South Blackstone Avenue 

BRECKINRIDGE HALL

1442 East 59th Street 

BROADVIEW HALL

5540 South Hyde Park Boulevard 

MACLEAN HALL

5445 South Ingleside Avenue 

NEW GRADUATE RESIDENCE HALL

1307 East 60th Street 

STONY ISLAND HALL

5700 South Stony Island 

First Friday's on 53rd Street

53rd Street

Kicking off each first Friday night of each academic quarter, is First Friday Night on 53rd Street! During First Friday Nights, retailers on 53rd Street will feature extended hours, specials, sales, and free giveaways. Be sure to bring your UChicago (ID) Card and use the East Shuttle service, which will be extended until 2:00 AM. Visit firstfridays.uchicago.edu for more information and participating retailers. 

First Year Bagel Brunch

Sat Sep 28,
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Newberger Hillel Center, 5715 South Woodlawn Avenue

Want suggestions on courses to take, the best places to eat, and the prime time to do laundry? Come hang out with a group of upper-class students as they share suggestions on how to get your first quarter off to a great start.

 

House Activities Night

Mon Sep 19, 6:00 PM

Meeting location will be announced at your House meeting on Saturday night

This night is set aside for outings with your House. You will have a fantastic time bonding with the residents of your House while getting out of your Residence Hall and into the greater Chicago area! Activities range from trips to the Second City comedy club to dinners all across Chicago. Resident Heads will announce details of your House activity during your House Meeting on Saturday, September 17th. Many Houses have a traditional activity that is part of the identity and culture of the House community.

Logan Center O-Party!

Sun Sep 18,
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Penthouse, 915 East 60th Street

Lights! Arts! O-Party! Join us at the Logan Center to experience one of the most anticipated events of the year. Dance to the sounds of Dirt Red Brass Band, laugh to the comedy of Occam’s Razor and watch some of the best films by Fire Escape. Grab some free snacks from Chicago’s favorite food trucks before competing in a Smash Mario Bros grand tournament for prizes and a chance at the title. Join friends in the photo booth or make new friends while painting our larger than life coloring book!

Mansueto Library Photo Booth

Sun Sep 20,
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The Joseph Regenstein Library, Lobby, 1100 East 57th Street

 Commemorate your first day on campus by taking a photo with the famous Joe and Rika Mansueto Library “robots.” Drop by the Mansueto Photo Booth in Regenstein Library for a quick selfiE or pose with your family and friends. Sorry, photo printing is not available (digital only). Share your photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook using #mansuetoselfie.

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.

Mitchell Tower Change Ringing Bell Tour

Thu Sep 22,
4:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Reynolds Club, Mitchell Tower, 5706 South University Avenue

Change Ringing is a team sport, a musical performance, an antique art, and a demanding pattern-based exercise all at once! Come learn about the precision required to make music with these swinging bells and the friendships it helps develop. Tours depart from the University seal, located on the floor of the main lobby in the Reynolds Club. The tour involves climbing four flights of stairs to the ringing room. An optional ladder climb will take you higher up to the bells and further to the roof of Mitchell Tower.

Movie Night on the Quad

Wed Sep 21,
8:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Bartlett Quad, 57th Street between Bartlett Dining Commons and the Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street

Join the Center for Leadership and Involvement for Movie Night on the Quad: Orientation Edition! Grab a friend and join us as we watch Captain America: Civil War. Limited snacks and soft drinks will be available starting at 7:30 PM. Bring a blanket to sit on!

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. 

Resident Masters' Welcome Receptions

Sat Sep 17,
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Various

Your Resident Masters would like to welcome you and your family to the University of Chicago and College Housing. Please take a break from moving in and introduce yourself to the live-in faculty who offer a multitude of programs and events within the Residence Hall and throughout the city of Chicago. 

See below for times and locations for the Resident Masters' Reception at your Residence Hall.

  • Burton-Judson Courts
    • Judson Historic Library; 2nd Floor, 1005 East 60th Street | View Map »
    • 10:00 AM - NOON
    • Andrew Siegel and Patty Jones, Resident Masters
  • Campus North Residential Commons East
    • Masters' Commons, 5500 South University Avenue |  View Map »
    • 9:00 AM - NOON
    • James and Jeannie Evans, Resident Masters
  • Campus North Residential Commons West
    • Masters' Commons, 5500 South University Avenue |  View Map »
    • 9:00 AM - NOON
    • Steven and Gretchen Rings, Resident Masters
  • The College Houses in International House
    • Homeroom; 2nd Floor, 1414 East 59th Street |  View Map »
    • 9:00 AM - NOON
    • Craig Futterman and Kenyatta Tatum Futterman
  • Max Palevsky Residential Commons
    • Masters' Residence, 5630 South University Avenue |  View Map »
    • 10:00 AM - NOON
    • Jason and Suzanne Riggle, Resident Masters
  • Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons East
    • Masters' Residence, 6031 South Ellis Avenue | View Map »
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Larry and Cathe McEnerney, Resident Masters
  • Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons West
    • Masters' Residence, 6031 South Ellis Avenue | View Map »
    • 9:00 AM - NOON
    • Philippe Guyot-Sionnest and Caryl Gout, Resident Masters
  • Snell-Hitchcock Hall
    • Masters' Residence, 1009 East 57th Street | View Map »
    • 10:00 - 11:30 AM
    • Larry and Penny Rothfield, Resident Masters
  • Stony Island Hall
    • Resident Head Apartment, 5700 South Stony Island Avenue | View Map »
    • 10:00 - NOON
    • Jeremy and Sarah Vecchi, Resident Masters

Reynolds Club O-Party!

Fri Sep 23,
9:30 PM to 11:59 PM

Reynolds Club, 5706 South University Ave

Join the Center for Leadership and Involvement for a free taste of Chicago’s very own Portillo’s hot dogs, Giordano’s pizza, Garrett’s popcorn, and UChicago shakes. This year’s O-Party will begin with a exciting performance in Mandel Hall featuring Off Off Campus. The party will continue with a free arcade room featuring over 20 games, the opportunity to take part in listening to today’s hits with a live DJ, giveaways, and much, much more.

Shake Day: A UChicago Tradition

Wed Sep 21,
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Reynolds Club, C-Shop, 5706 South University Avenue

Love shakes? UChicago has just the tradition for you - $1 Shake Day every Wednesday! Join the Student Alumni Committee, or the SAC for short, at the C-Shop from 1:00 - 4:00 PM to get your inaugural shake for FREE! Generations of UChicago students have enjoyed Shake Day during their time on campus and continue to stay active in the life of the College as alumni. From volunteering to donating in support of financial aid, study abroad, internships, and student life programming (think hammocks on the quad, campus wide fashion shows, and a south side little league baseball league) alumni (and you!) create the heart of our community. Come learn ways to connect with alumni who can serve as resources and mentors for you as you navigate college life and prepare for your future. And who doesn’t love a free shake? 

Smart Start: Coffee and Calligraphy

Thu Sep 22,
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Smart Museum of Art, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue

Join the Smart Museum of Art for an O-Week wake-up in our beautiful courtyard! Enjoy free coffee and breakfast treats, and learn how to draw using two viscous liquids: black coffee and sumi ink.

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. uchicago.edu. For additional information, contact UCSC Associate Director Chris Skrable at cskrable@uchicago.edu or 773.834.1159.

Student Activities and Resource Fair

Fri Sep 30,
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Main Quad, East 58th Street and Greenwood AvenueRain Location: Henry Crown Field House, 5550 South University Avenue

The Student Activities and Resource Fair serves as a way to help new students begin to make the most of their UChicago experience by introducing them to involvement and student employment opportunities! Looking for a job? This is a great time to connect with some University departments and outside organizations that have employment opportunities available. Résumés are encouraged but no required. Looking to get involved on campus? The fair is a great way to learn about our network of student organizations and meet students leaders that were once in your shoes and are excited to help you make your mark on campus.

Student Government Welcome Bash

Thu Sep 22,
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Reynolds Club & Hutchinson Courtyard, 5706 South University Avenue

Drop by for free barbecue, music, games, and information on how to get involved with Student Government (SG). Meet your campus representatives and learn more about running for a position on SG’s College Council. Visit sg.uchicago.edu for more information.

The Blueprint: Your Introduction to Involvement in Student Organizations and Activities

Thu Sep 22,
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Reynolds Club, Hutchinson Courtyard, 5706 South University Avenue

The Center for Leadership and Involvement wants to help you make the most of your experience at UChicago by helping you get involved in organizations and activities that fit your interest. Let us help you create a plan for your involvement! In addition, we will have food served by your Student Government representatives, tours of our campus radio station, entertainment by some of our Acapella and dance organizations, and much more.

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. 

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library & Special Collections Exhibit

Sun Sep 20,
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Enter through the Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street • View map

Tour the Mansueto Library (every 15 minutes beginning at 1:00 PM and ending at 3:45 PM) to see the striking glass enclosed reading room and learn about the underground book storage facility. On the pathway to Mansueto Library, visit the Special Collections Research Center’s exhibition gallery to view the exhibit Poetic Associations: The Nineteenth-Century English Poetry Collection of Dr. Gerald N. Wachs and learn about the Library’s rare books, manuscripts, and archives collections. Staff will also be on hand to answer general questions about the Library. 

The QUEST

Fri Sep 23, 10:00 AM

Ratner Athletics Center, 5530 South Ellis Avenue

“The most important thing is not to win but to take part,
Just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle.”
Gather your House team of at least 8,
Enjoy the struggle as you take the bait.
Fore-tunately the Olympics will be history by then,
So go ahead and chase triumph, let the QUEST begin.
Good teammates might include Toews and Hood,
But a Gatto and a Boyer would also be good.
Multi-hued Chickens may fly and hips will shake,
Campus is your canvas, a phone you must take.
Friday at 10 am on the Ratner front lawn,
Obtain your first clue and on your QUEST be gone!

UChicago Bookstore VIP Shopping Event

Fri Sep 23, 10:00 AM

Ratner Athletics Center, 5530 South Ellis Avenue

“The most important thing is not to win but to take part,
Just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle.”
Gather your House team of at least 8,
Enjoy the struggle as you take the bait.
Fore-tunately the Olympics will be history by then,
So go ahead and chase triumph, let the QUEST begin.
Good teammates might include Toews and Hood,
But a Gatto and a Boyer would also be good.
Multi-hued Chickens may fly and hips will shake,
Campus is your canvas, a phone you must take.
Friday at 10 am on the Ratner front lawn,
Obtain your first clue and on your QUEST be gone!