Arts and Culture


At the University of Chicago

An intellectual destination buzzing with creative energy, the University is host to an exciting arts community on Chicago’s South Side with a strong tradition of cross-disciplinary practices.

University arts initiatives include the Arts, Science & Culture InitiativeArts + Public Life and its flagship project, the Arts Incubator, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.

The initiatives join academic departments and programs in the Division of the Humanities and the College, as well as professional organizations that include Court Theatre, Oriental Institute MuseumSmart Museum of Art, Renaissance Society, Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, and University of Chicago Presents, plus more than 60 student arts organizations.

In the city of Chicago

Chicago is brimming with opportunities to explore a vast range of cultures and experiences. As the third largest city in the United States, it offers a wealth of museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, voted the world’s best museumMuseum of Science and Industry, just steps away from the University’s Hyde Park campus, Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum, both easily accessible via Lake Shore Drive; The Second City; Lyric Opera; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Harris Theater, Joffrey Ballet, and too many other destinations to name. Campus and public transportation make these destinations easily accessible.

Newcomers often enjoy exploring Chicago and the excellent food it has to offer by visiting its many neighborhoods, many of which maintain connections to the various ethnicities and immigrant communities that helped to establish them— Andersonville, Chinatown, Devon Avenue, Little Italy, Pilsen, and Ukrainian Village, to name just a few.