Points of Interest
In addition to the Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the numerous art and history museums adjacent to campus (see below), the campus itself features a number of works by famous architects and beautiful hidden spots. For more in-depth information about the University’s historic architecture visit our UChicago Architecture site.
- Bond Chapel. On the Main Quadrangles across from Cobb Hall. A quaint Gothic revival chapel and venue for reflection, performances, ceremonies, and worship.
- Botany Pond. 57th Street at Hull Gate. A peaceful oasis near Hull Gate with a variety of species including goldfish, lily pads, and turtles.
- Harper Memorial Library Reading Room. 1116 East 59th Street (3rd floor). Part of the University’s first library, this Gothic reading room is a favorite of students and visitors alike.
- Main Quadrangles. 57th Street to 59th Street. The undeniable heart of campus is a botanic garden and the location of most undergraduate courses.
- The Midway Plaisance. Between 59th and 60th Streets. A mile long park dating from the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, now the site of intramural sports, sculpture, and an ice-skating rink.
- Reynolds Club and University Seal. 5706 South University Avenue. The Reynolds Club is the center for student activities and the location of the University Seal.
- Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. 5850 South Woodlawn Avenue. The tower of this Gothic chapel is the highest point on campus and home to the largest instrument ever built: the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon.
Arts and Culture
- Court Theatre. 5535 South Ellis Avenue. A professional, award-winning theater affiliated with the University of Chicago, which puts on five plays a year.
- DOC Films. 1212 East 59th Street. The longest continuously running student film society in the nation; screenings nightly.
- International House. 1414 East 59th Street. Both a cultural center and student residence hall, which hosts a vibrant performing arts series.
- Nuclear Energy Sculpture. Just north of Mansueto Library on Ellis Avenue. Henry Moore’s bronze sculpture commemorating the site of the world’s first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear reaction.
- Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. 915 East 60th Street. The vibrant hub for arts on campus, which houses a performance hall, café, theaters, a gallery, and exhibition space, as well as unbeatable views of campus.
- The Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. 929 E. 60th St., Ste 112. A forum for experimental collaborations between artists and scholars, the center features a flexible 1000 square foot work space that can be configured as a studio, lab, or classroom, as well as an installation, exhibition and performance space.
Museums and Galleries
- Arts Incubator. 301 East Garfield Boulevard. A space for exhibitions, performances, community-based arts projects, and artist residencies, as well as arts education programs.
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. 5757 South Woodlawn Avenue. A National Historic Landmark and one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School style gems. See website for daily tour information.
- Oriental Institute Museum. 1155 East 58th Street. A research institution and museum dedicated to the study of the ancient Near East and housing the greatest collection of Egyptian artifacts outside of Cairo.
- The Renaissance Society. 5811 South Ellis Avenue. One of the oldest contemporary art museums in the country, presenting cutting edge exhibitions, performances, films, and talks.
- Smart Museum of Art. 5550 South Greenwood Avenue. UChicago’s main art museum, featuring special exhibitions as well as a permanent collection that spans 5,000 years of artistic creation.
- Special Collections Research Center Gallery. 1100 East 57th Street (inside of Regenstein Library). Home to the University’s rare books, manuscript collections, archives, and rotating exhibitions.
Libraries and Bookstores
- Joe and Rika Mansueto Library. 1100 East 57th Street. An all-glass reading room with a 3.5 million-book capacity in its underground robotic storage and retrieval system.
- Joseph Regenstein Library. 1100 East 57th Street. The University’s main library, home to more than 11.9 million volumes.
- Seminary Co-Op Bookstore. 5751 South Woodlawn Avenue. An independent bookstore and centerpiece of intellectual and cultural life in Hyde Park. 57th Street Books, another Seminary Co-Op location is at 57th Street and Kimbark Avenue.
- University Bookstore. 970 East 58th Street. The official campus bookstore, which sells UChicago textbooks, dorm necessities, apparel, and gifts.
The University of Chicago has three major dining halls and nearly one cafe or coffee shop per university building. Food trucks love to nest around UChicago, particularly on Ellis and University Ave between 57th and 58th streets. You can download the free UChicago Dining App for a closer look at maps, menus, and hours.
- University Bookstore Cafe: Barnes and Noble, 58th and Ellis. Pick up coffee and a snack after you’ve gotten your books or UChicago gear. This blend of Starbucks and cafe is a treat.
- Au Bon Pain: Medical Center, 58th and Maryland. The classic French sandwich, soup, and dessert shop has two locations in the Medical Center, in Mitchell Lobby and Comer Children’s Center.
- Everett Kolver Cafe: Booth Business School Harper Center, 58th and Woodlawn. The Business School offers many food options from a drop-in corner store, to an a la carte fresh food cafe. Both are located on the first floor.
- Smart Museum Cafe: Smart Museum, 56th and Greenwood. Visit the Museum and get a refreshing drink, meal or pastry, catered by local restaurants.
- Einstein Bros. (C-Shop): Reynold’s Club, 57th and University. This special Einstein Bros. serves the usual coffee and sandwiches as well as milkshakes (on Wednesdays). It is located next to Hutchinson Commons, the campus food court. Both C-Shop and Hutch are closed in the summer.
- Café Logan: Conveniently located within Logan Center for the Arts, this cafe serves gourmet sandwiches, cheeses, cultural cuisine, and specialty coffee to students and concert goers alike.
- Grounds of Being: Swift Hall Basement, Main Quadrangle. All prices here are rounded to the nearest quarter, so you never have to worry about extra tax or change. GoB features local foods as well as exotic snacks like Pocky or coconut water.
- Starbucks: East Lobby (first floor), Center for Care and Discovery. This bustling Starbucks serves the usual fares in an expansive, architecturally stunning space.
- Plein Air Cafe: A French expression meaning “in the open air” that describes the act of painting outdoors, Plein Air is a French atelier-inspired café and eatery seeking to provide a warm, serene environment where guests can savor coffee, food, and design.
Student-Run Coffee Shops
- Cobb Coffee Shop: Cobb Hall Basement, 5811 S Ellis Ave. With vinyl records, cheap coffee, student art, and food and drinks from local restaurants, Cobb is a welcoming workspace. Not open in the summer, or on weekends.
- Common Knowledge Cafe: Harper Library 3rd Floor, 1116 E 59th St. Also known as Harper Cafe, this conveniently-located study spot serves food from local vendors and bakeries and offers a large selection of teas. TAs can often be found here, holding office hours. Not open in the summer.
- Hallowed Grounds: Reynolds 2nd Floor, 5706 S. University Ave. This large dark-wood space features multiple couches couches, pool tables, artwork, board games, and a variety of food and drinks. A microwave makes Hallowed Grounds a good place to buy or bring food. Open late during the school year.
- Ex Libris (ID Required): Regenstein library, 1st Floor, 1100 E 57th St. Ex Libris is a quiet study space in the Reg filled with shiny couches and modern chairs for lounging. It offers creative paninis, fruit, salad, sushi, a selection of teas, and the usual caffeinated beverages. Open during the summer.
Hidden Campus Treats
- Red Mango Yogurt & Smoothies: Bio Cafe, Biological Sciences Learning Center, 2nd floor, University and Drexel. Get your fill of frozen yogurt and toppings in the BSLC. The location also offers chilled meals and fresh Chicago-style hotdogs.
- Qdoba Mexican Grill: Hutchinson Commons, 5706 S. University Ave. Opened Fall 2012, Qdoba is a fresh mexican grill, offering made-to-order burritos, tacos, and shell salads. Closed during the summer.
Food Trucks around Campus
- UchiNOMgo: Visit this Facebook page or Twitter to find out which food trucks are on campus. Food trucks usually come around 10:30 – 11:00 am, and can often sell out by 12:30 pm, so arrive early to get your picks. Most food trucks accept major credit cards, and all those that do picture the cards they accept at the order window. Below is a list of some of the trucks that visit campus.
Food trucks that are typically around:
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