Summer session students have access to all campus resources, including two athletic centers, an Olympic-sized pool, multiple libraries, and on-campus cafes. Other on-campus attractions include Doc Films, the University’s student-run film society; the Smart Museum of Art; and the Oriental Institute, a pioneering Near Eastern studies museum. The campus is also home to the Seminary Co-op, one of the country’s most renowned academic bookstores. Students can also visit the Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities website to learn about summer events planned by the University’s student activities office, such as movies on the quad and off-campus excursions.
About Hyde Park
Each year, our summer students rave about the campus environment and atmosphere. The University of Chicago campus adds a great deal to the academic and social experience—the campus itself is actually a botanic garden. Amid the English collegiate gothic architecture, there are plenty of lawns on which to relax, study, play Frisbee, or watch our gregarious squirrels. Buildings are recognizable by their gray limestone, red-tile roofs, deep-set rectangular windows, gargoyles, and decorated towers, all arranged around a series of tree-shaded quadrangles.
The University is located in Hyde Park, an ethnically diverse community of more than 41,000 people about 15 minutes south of downtown Chicago (also known as "the Loop") on Lake Michigan. Combining the atmospheres of both an urban neighborhood and a "college town," Hyde Park offers a wide selection of markets and specialty shops and professional and recreational services. One of the city's biggest tourist attractions, the Museum of Science and Industry, is located here, as is the DuSable Museum of African-American History and Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House. The University of Chicago campus itself, characterized by English collegiate Gothic architecture surrounded by tree-shaded quadrangles, is accessible by expressway and public transportation (both Metra and CTA). View the maps and directions on how to get here, and you'll see for yourself how easy it is. Parking is available on the street and at a pay-per-use garage on 55th and Ellis.
After classes, students can take advantage of Chicago’s lakefront, located about one mile east of campus. Popular activities in the summer months include gatherings at Promontory Point Park and visits to the 57th Street Beach. Alternatively, visit one of the neighborhood’s many dining establishments, some of which are listed on the University’s Neighborhood Guide.
Chicago comes alive in the summer with many outdoor festivals and neighborhood celebrations. The city's "front yard," Grant Park, features colorful sailboats, bikers, and skaters, and hosts music festivals ranging from blues to Latin to country. You can enjoy the lakefront beaches by day and the club and concert scene by night. The spectacular Millennium Park also offers outdoor concerts, public art, and green spaces to explore.
Schedules and maps for both trains and buses may be found on the CTA website. The nearest CTA train stops are Garfield/Green and Garfield/Red, both of which are accessible by the #55 bus. The #6 bus is also a popular means of traveling downtown, picking up from various spots around campus.
Visit maps.uchicago.edu for directions to campus, maps of campus and the surrounding neighborhood, and parking and accessibility information.