Jump down to tours for:
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)
Individuals or students with families and guardians may register for a tour by selecting an available calendar date and completing the online submission form. Class groups or groups consisting of 20 or more individuals are requested to review the Group Tours directives for further information.
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.
The UChicago Video Tour
Student guides provide introductions to several campus locations in the UChicago virtual video tour.
The University of Chicago Library
Library tours are available for prospective graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars by request. Visit the Library’s tour page for more information.
Our Neighborhood & Campus
You can stroll about campus at your leisure. Using the downloadable campus guides, take in all the neighborhood’s sights at your own pace. Feel free to admire the ins-and-outs of the University’s many historic buildings via the UChicago Architecture site.
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 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 UChicago business school with its tubular steel vaults and glass panels, and learn more about Hyde Park and UChicago history.
Private architecture tours of the University of Chicago campus are also available upon request for UChicago internal department groups. Contact the University Communications office for pricing and details at 773-702-8365 or via email. (3-4 weeks notice preferred)
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
Did you know that the Second City is actually first when it comes to bike riding? Chicago consistently ranks at the top for both walking and biking because it’s flat and easy to access (take that NYC!). Plus, all the neighborhoods, parks, and attractions are connected through a network of sidewalks and trails. Join Bobby’s Bike Hike for an unforgettable bike tour of Chicago!
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 Smart Museum of Art is free and open to the public. The museum offers a variety of guided tours, including docent-led group tours.
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.