We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

University of Chicago

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 5801 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone Number: +1 773-702-8650
Website
Improve this listing
Description:

Welcome to the University of Chicago! Founded in 1890 through a gift from...

Welcome to the University of Chicago! Founded in 1890 through a gift from John D. Rockefeller, the University of Chicago is an intellectual destination and one of the world's premier academic institutions for inquiry, education, and discovery. UChicago draws inspired students and scholars to our Hyde Park and international campuses, placing us at the nexus of ideas that challenge and change the world. Beyond scholarly endeavors, visitors can tour architecture from neo-Gothic to contemporary, meander through lush botanic gardens, experience a broad array of visual performing arts, bike along the historic Midway Plaisance, and discover many other cultural treasures both on campus and off. Hyde Park Community The main University campus is situated just seven miles south of downtown Chicago in the vibrant Hyde Park neighborhood-a tight-knit, diverse community bursting with coffee shops, restaurants, and bookstores. The newly revitalized 53rd Street corridor has become an epicenter for dining, shopping, and entertainment. Hyde Park is also the heart of Museum Campus South, a consortium of museums and cultural institutions on Chicago's Culture Coast including the DuSable Museum of African American History, Museum of Science and Industry, Frank Lloyd Wright's Frederick C. Robie House, the Renaissance Society, and the UChicago's own Smart Museum of Art, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and the Oriental Institute Museum. UChicago's Global Impact The University is shaped and inspired by the city of Chicago. Through growing partnerships with neighbors, UChicago is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and economic development of the South Side-and to the global reach of its vibrant city. In all we do, we are driven to dig deeper, push further, and ask bigger questions-and to contribute and expand our knowledge to enrich human life.

read more
Book ahead on Viator
Recommended
More Info
$48*
and up
Chicago Grand Half-Day Tour
More Info
$60*
and up
Chicago City Tour and Chicago River Cruise
More Info
$29*
and up
Chicago South Side Tour with Optional River Cruise

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 173 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 112
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Lovely campus

Lovely university campus to walk round. Blends the old (or faux old) with the new - for example, peaceful quadrangles, the Rockefeller chapel and the Mansueto Library (of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
bigcitylondon
,
London
via mobile

Similar Things to Do in Chicago

Add Photo Write a Review

173 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
London
Level Contributor
33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely university campus to walk round. Blends the old (or faux old) with the new - for example, peaceful quadrangles, the Rockefeller chapel and the Mansueto Library (of Divergent fame).

Helpful?
Thank bigcitylondon
Chicago
Level Contributor
17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is large and you could get lost but the university is a world of its own. There are hospitals, clinics, schools (grade and colleges), book stores, printers, restaurants in the hospital. One section have their own traffic guards, children's hospital, there is valet parking, self parking, free parking if you can find it. If not there is paid parking.... More 

Helpful?
Thank 635genevaw
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The University ofChicago was founded surprising late but has a storied history. Despite its intellectual bent, the U of C was one of the original members of the Big Ten and had the first Heisman Trophy winner. The experiments that lead to the atom bomb were done in secret underground underneath what is now the university library. Much of the... More 

Helpful?
Thank jimtons
Americana, SP
Level Contributor
12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Seen the historic buildings that are part of this campus, it makes you want to go back to school. There's also one of the most beautiful museums in the city, The Oriental Institute.

Helpful?
Thank Solange_Z771
UChicago_Info_Center, Visitor Experience Staff at University of Chicago, responded to this review

Thank you Solange_Z771 for visiting our campus and for writing a review. The Oriental Institute is a great museum. We also have the Smart Museum of Art, Robie House, and Arts Incubator that are worth checking out. We are looking forward to seeing you again on our campus. More 

Columbia, South Carolina
Level Contributor
43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely stunning university! Best time to go visit it is in the summer when it's warm but bring a jacket because it's the Windy City after all! Definitely an attraction to see when visiting Chicago even if you're not interested in applying there.

Helpful?
Thank Redrocke
UChicago_Info_Center, Visitor Experience Staff at University of Chicago, responded to this review

Thank you Redrocke for visiting our campus and for writing a review. We are looking forward to seeing you again on our campus. More 

Nashville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
241 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They enhance the old ones and make a much more eclectic architecture. A feeling of warmth even though I've been there on cold days. Nostalgic and forward-seeing at the same time is this campus. And they have wonderful teachers (went to a guest class) and facilities for meetings (went to lots of those). Can't wait to go back.

Helpful?
Thank Katherine B
UChicago_Info_Center, Visitor Experience Staff at University of Chicago, responded to this review

Thank you Katherine for visiting our campus and for writing a review. We are glad that you got the chance to attend our guest classes. Looking forward to seeing you again on our campus. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
108 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

Frigid in winter, usually sweltering in summer, overrun with frighteningly brainy but weird undergrads and brilliant professors, its a better place to visit than to be an inmate. Still, met my Dear Wife there so can't complain. Gotta wonder about the masterminds who thought it would be a great idea to trigger the world's first nuclear reaction in the middle... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank DC196
UChicago_Info_Center, Visitor Experience Staff at University of Chicago, responded to this review

Thank you DC196 for visiting our campus and for writing a review. We are looking forward to seeing you again on our campus. More 

Chicago
Level Contributor
299 reviews
219 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

I love this campus and its people and its history. There is a lot of different buildings and museums to visit (Rockefeller Chapel, Robie House Museum, Oriental Institute Museum and much more...) I highly recommend! I visit this place at least once a year and discover new things every time.

Helpful?
1 Thank Anna G
UChicago_Info_Center, Visitor Experience Staff at University of Chicago, responded to this review

Thank you Anna for visiting our campus and for writing a review. We are looking forward to seeing you again on our campus. More 

South Shields
Level Contributor
73 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We passed through sections of the campus in late December when we visited Robie House and the Smart Museum of Art. Although the architecture is a little too uniform to be an Oxford college, it was very pleasant, despite the freezing temperatures and strong wind. We imagine it'd be delightful in the Summer. Just give it 500 years or so... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Andrew_Nicola_D
UChicago_Info_Center, Visitor Experience Staff at University of Chicago, responded to this review

Thank you Andrew_Nicola_D for visiting our campus and for writing a review. We hope that you visit us again soon especially during the warmer seasons. The campus looks absolutely beautiful during the summer, spring and fall. More 

Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

An incredibly ncampus which is beautiful to walk through. The variety of architecture reflects changing tastes over a century. There are interesting museums (Oriental Museum of the Middle East, Robbie House, Smart Museum of Art), libraries, and many restaurants to sample. Take the university walking tour.

Helpful?
1 Thank victor408

Travelers who viewed University of Chicago also viewed

 

Been to University of Chicago? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of University of Chicago and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from University of Chicago staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Hyde Park

Neighborhood Profile
Hyde Park
If you want to get a feel for quintessential South Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park, one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This historic area is home to two of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful gardens, parks and green spaces; and ivy-adorned museums and other cultural institutions that speak to the city’s diversity and architectural beauty.