Chicago Attractions

Our City

Chicago is our laboratory, our playground, and our muse. We encourage you to spend some time exploring the City that Works. Spend some time on the Chicago Tourism website. Jump to:


Downtown Attractions

Neighborhoods (77 of them!)

Non-profits and volunteering in Chicago


There are many ways to explore the City of Chicago. You may want to ride a boat or a segway; focus on the food, beer, or architecture; see the famous points of interest or learn about Chicagoan life. 

Arts abound in and around the University. We invite you to visit UChicago Arts to get an overview of the vibrant culture here and access a list of the cultural organizations in the area. If you already have your UCID, the Arts Pass program offers you many ways to explore downtown.


There a number of locations that downtown Chicago is known for—certain skyscrapers, museums, theatre (signs), or art installations. Here is a short guide and a pointer to more resources.


The City of Chicago includes 77 diverse neighborhoods just north and south of the loop. Each features its own style of art, shop collections, cultural cuisines, and rich history. Here are a few, listed from closest to farthest from Hyde Park. The parenthesis shows the cuisine, art, or attraction it tends to be known for.

Engage Chicago

Prospective students may want to engage Chicago further, not just through its history, attractions, and diverse neighborhoods, but by volunteering, taking a hands-on course on Chicago from Chicago Studies, and interning downtown for a non-profit organization or corporation.