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Campus Resources

Summer session students have access to many 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 tree shaded quardrangles 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.

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.

Hyde Park and the University of Chicago campus 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.

About Chicago

Summer is the best time of year to take in Chicago’s world-class museums and theaters, spectacular beaches and parks, and vibrant 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. If you venture beyond downtown, you will find diverse shopping, restaurants, and neighborhoods where you can travel the world without ever leaving the city limits. Living and learning in Chicago means never running out of things to see, do, and discover.


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