It would be impossible to cover all of the University's resources, facilities, and stories in a single tour. You may want to start with a digital overview, or stop by the Information Center (5801 S Ellis Avenue) to find out which tours, or self-guided explorations of attractions, are suited to your interests.
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Tours for Prospective Students
Each of the University's schools and divisions has its own unique stories and special resources to share. In many cases, we invite you to sit in on a class and meet with students. If you are considering studying here, we invite you to take a tour in your area of interest:
The College (Undergraduate Studies)
The Office of College Admissions invites prospective students to visit on weekdays when class is in session for tours and information sessions.
Chicago Booth, our graduate school of business, invites prospective full-time MBA students to participate in the informal Daily Campus Visit Program or a full-day Chicago Booth Live event. Campus visit arrangements are also available for prospective students interested in part-time or advanced study.
Student-led tours are available on selected days when class is in session, and self-guided tours are available in the Admissions Office. We also invite students to download an audio tour.
The Graduate Admissions Offices invites prospective students to register and then visit on weekdays. Visit the Graduate Admissions Visit page for more information.
The University of Chicago Library
The Library provides a variety of tours for prospective students and faculty, as well as visiting scholars.
Our Neighborhood & Campus
Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright
While you’re in the neighborhood, pay a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Robie House, considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. Robie House is located across the street from the Chicago Booth School of Business and just a short block away from the heart of campus.
Hyde Park & UChicago Campus by the Chicago Architecture Foundation
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) offers docent-led tours of Hyde Park and the UChicago campus. Stroll along the Midway, see buildings ranging from pre-fire frame farm houses and brick Italianates to the new U of C business school with its tubular steel vaults and glass panels, and learn more about Hyde Park and UChicago history. Upcoming UChicago campus public tour dates include: April 9, April 20, May 4, May 14, June 11, and June 29, 2013.
Private architecture tours of the University of Chicago campus are also available upon request. Contact the University Communications office for pricing and details at 773-702-5728 or via email.
Hyde Park Segway Tour
Bike and Roll Chicago, a good resource for bike rentals, tours, and maps, also offers a Hyde Park Segway Tour. The tour is about 2-3 hours long, twice daily, and departs from the Bike Center on 53rd Street and Lakepark. Find out more.
Historic Hyde Park Bike Tour
Bobby's Bike Hike offers a 4-hour Bike tour of Hyde Park, including the Japanese Gardens, famous houses, and campus landmaps. Price includes bike rental. The tour usually runs at 8:30 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Find out more.
You Are Here: Local history
The Civic Knowledge Project’s You Are Here site is an online tour of Hyde Park and its surrounding neighborhoods. Learn about the history of local politics, housing, architecture, and much more.
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. UChicago Arts also features a calendar of arts events and attractions. If you already have your UCID, the Arts Pass program offers you many ways to explore.
The Oriental Institute
The Oriental Institute offers a variety of docent-guided tours of its collection, as well as a self-guided audio tour.
The Smart Museum of Art is free and open to the public. The museum offers a variety of guided tours, including docent-led group tours.
The Medical Center and Comer Children’s Hospital
The University of Chicago Medical Center
Although the Medical Center does not offer tours, there are many resources for patients and visitors.
Comer Children’s Hospital
Watch a virtual tour online.