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 located at 5801 S. Ellis Avenue to find out which tours, or self-guided explorations of attractions, are suited to your interests.

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)

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

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.


Law School

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.


Graduate Departments

The Graduate Admissions Offices invites prospective students to register and then visit on weekdays. Visit the Graduate Admissions Visit page for more information.

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

Self-Guided Tours

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-Chicago Tours offers a variety of Hyde Park neighborhood tours including Haunted Hyde Park tours, a Hyde Park 101 tour, as well as a tour dedicated to the Obamas’ favorite spots.

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! 

UChicago Arts

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 Oriental Institute offers a variety of docent-guided tours of its collection, as well as a self-guided audio tour.

Smart Museum

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.

The Information Center is located at 5801 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL on the first floor of Edward H. Levi Hall.

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.

For specific questions regarding admission as an undergraduate or graduate student, visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or Office of Graduate Admissions.

Please refer to the contact information for College Admissions and UChicago Grad.