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Address: 5801 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637-5418
Phone Number: 17737021234
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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.

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Gorgeous Campus, plenty to see.

My son graduated from U of C in 2013, so I spent quite a bit of time there. There have been many improvement and additions made over the recent past. The underground library is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My son graduated from U of C in 2013, so I spent quite a bit of time there. There have been many improvement and additions made over the recent past. The underground library is fantastic -so close to gargoles featured in this photo. The architecture is fabulous. There several walkable eateries worth visiting as well as the coffee shops on... More 

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UChicago_Info_Center, Visitor Experience Staff at University of Chicago, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our campus and for writing a review. The University is continuously trying to improve. The restaurants in Hyde Park are all very good and certainly worth a try! We always love having the families of the alumni on our campus so please visit us again. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The University of Chicago has so much to offer travelers. The university's quadrangles and the Midway Plaissance (on 59th Street) will whisk you mentally to medieval England. It offers many opportunities for beautiful pictures. The campus also hosts the site of the first chain reaction which led to the development of the atomic bomb. A Henry Moore sculpture of a... More 

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UChicago_Info_Center, Visitor Experience Staff at University of Chicago, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our campus and for writing a review. We hope you visit our campus again soon. More 

Mundelein, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the Rockefeller Chapel. Amazing structure. Went with a group to do photography at the Chapel. Outstanding Chapel.

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UChicago_Info_Center, Visitor Experience Staff at University of Chicago, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our campus and for writing a review. Rockefeller Chapel is certainly a beautiful piece of art. We recommend also checking out Bond Chapel which is located near Cobb Hall. We hope you visit our campus again soon. More 

Warwick, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the greatest campuses in America with some of the most beautiful Neo-Gothic architecture outside of Europe. The midway Plaisance is super cool. If you can, take a look at the inside of Cobb Hall and the Harper Library. Simply beautiful examples of what a lecture hall and library should be. Purely magnificent!

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UChicago_Info_Center, Visitor Experience Staff at University of Chicago, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our campus and for writing a review. Cobb Hall and Harper Library are some of our favorite locations on campus. Be sure to stop by our Student Cafés at both of these locations. They encompass the UChicago Experience in a single cup of coffee! We hope you visit our campus again soon. More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did our own personal walking tour and just loved how beautiful this campus was. AMazing architecture in these beautiful, well kept buildings and grounds. We did not have any difficulty navigating the area. Come earlier in the day to visit the museums.

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UChicago_Info_Center, Visitor Experience Staff at University of Chicago, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our campus and for writing a review. We hope you visit our campus again soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As one of the best colleges in the world, the University of Chicago is blessed with a very beautiful campus. Sadly,it abuts the south side and that can make it dangerous at times. However, the university has installed security systems all over the place and there are security guards everywhere and police patrols are frequent. Don't miss the Rockefeller Chappel... More 

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UChicago_Info_Center, Visitor Experience Staff at University of Chicago, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our campus and for writing a review. Our Police Department works very hard to ensure campus safety making Hyde Park and its surrounding area very safe. The campus is filled with beautiful historical buildings. We hope you visit our campus again soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went with a group for a tour of the Oriental Institute and we're thrilled. Our tour guide explained how various artifacts fit in with Biblical facts. He was very knowledgeable.

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UChicago_Info_Center, Visitor Experience Staff at University of Chicago, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour of the Oriental Institute, and we appreciate your praise of our tour guides. We are looking forward to seeing you again on our campus. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

This is one of the most beautiful universities I've seen. It's worth a visit. Of particular interest are the various quads and the Rockefeller Chapel. Note that it is in Hyde Park, in the southern region of Chicago, so driving is probably the best way to get there, as the surrounding areas are sketchy.

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UChicago_Info_Center, Visitor Experience Staff at University of Chicago, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The University is home to many aesthetically breathtaking buildings with rich architectural background. Be sure to check out the Oriental Institute and Bond Chapel during your next visit. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

I was here for a summer program that had the effect of being an extended college visit. I loved campus - it grew on me. The main quad is beautiful and the architecture is more varied than it's known for. It would be a very nice place to walk around, even if you're not interested in attending. One of the... More 

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UChicago_Info_Center, Visitor Experience Staff at University of Chicago, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a review. We are so pleased to hear that you have enjoyed our summer program and campus. Thank you for recognizing our UChicago Police Department -- they work very hard to maintain and ensure safety on campus. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

about 120 years old establishment still making strides in educational research field . nice layout , campus buses, bikes, medical campus, cafes, Libraries and art faculty are worth the visit.

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

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Staying in Hyde Park

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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.