Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the University’s campus tours have been suspended. To virtually explore many of the University’s schools resources, and facilities, you may want to start with a digital overview, watch online virtual tours that fit your interests, or explore some of our local attractions.
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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. While the current global health situation means that most in-person campus visits are not currently being offered, we invite you to explore our many virtual “visit” options:
The College (Undergraduate Studies)
The Office of College Admissions offers a wide variety of virtual tours, events, and information sessions throughout the week. Between information sessions led by UChicago admissions counselors, model classes taught by UChicago professors, student panels, and special topic information sessions, there are more ways to explore UChicago than ever before!
If you’re interested in attending an event, register for your preferred date online!
Chicago Booth, our graduate school of business, invites prospective MBA and PhD students to participate in an admissions event. Prospective students can also visit our Booth Stories section to learn more about the people, places, ideas, and thought leadership that make Chicago Booth a global leader in business education.
Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice
Out of respect for the safety and well-being of the entire UChicago community, the Crown Family School Admissions Office decided to cancel in-person meetings and Information Sessions. If you are interested in making an appointment to speak to someone either by phone or video conferencing, please contact the Admissions Office.
You may also sign up for a webinar with their Admissions team to learn how SSA prepares students to become leaders in the fields of social work, social policy, social administration, and social work research.
While the Divinity School is currently unable to welcome prospective MA, PhD, and MDiv students to their brick and mortar home in Swift Hall, those interested should explore their admissions site or contact them via this form.
Harris School of Public Policy
Harris, our professional school for public policy, invites prospective students to visit their admissions portal to learn more about degree and non-degree programs and join them at an upcoming admissions event. You can also find admissions tips and fun facts on the blog, and check out the profiles page to learn more about the students, alumni, and faculty that make Harris a world-class destination for evidence-based policy leadership.
Although the Law School cannot welcome you to campus given the ongoing public health concerns with COVID-19, they welcome you to explore the community virtually through their UChicago Law Welcome Center. There you can find virtual tours, helpful videos, and resources to further explain life at the Law School and how to apply.
The UChicago Video Tour
Student guides provide introductions to several campus locations in the UChicago virtual video tour.
The University of Chicago Library
As part of the campus efforts to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19, the Library is temporarily suspending all in-person tours of campus libraries. You can learn more and take a virtual tour here.
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-Chicago Tours
Hyde Park & UChicago Campus by the Chicago Architecture Foundation
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) offers occasional historical architecture tours of Hyde Park and the UChicago campus. Please contact the CAF directly for COVID-19 updates and availability.
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.
Chicago Bike Tours
Chicago is an eminently bikeable city. Bobby’s Bike Hike Chicago is America’s longest-running city bike tour operator offering award-winning bike, walking and food tours appropriate for a variety of ages, interests and skill levels. Tours include the very popular Bikes, Bites & Brew tour, Neighborhoods tours, Ultimate city tour, and Foodie tours. Bike rentals also available, including comfort, road, electric, and child bikes and equipment.
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 a UCID, the Arts Pass program offers you many ways to explore.
The Oriental Institute
The OI museum is currently closed to in person visitors, but plans to reopen this coming fall. Once open, self-guided audio tours and gallery tours through the OI app will be available to all visitors. Live, virtual tours and field trip programs will also be available for K-12 classrooms. Learn more.
The Smart Museum is free and open to the public. However, hours are limited and reservations are required prior to your visit. For current information about exhibitions, visit guidelines, and reservations, please visit smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/visit.
It is a hub for questions, maps, guides, and everything a visitor needs to explore the University of Chicago.
General questions can be directed to the Information Center. Contact us.