Partnering for Impact in Chicago and Beyond
Learn more about Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago
With support from UChicago, Hyde Park Jazz Festival has thrived, fostered local pride, and brought together diverse audiences
Now in its 15th year, the free, community-led festival is drawing acclaimed national and local artists
Quantum Leap: Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering researchers and South Side teachers team up to engage students in revolutionary technology
The quantum revolution is coming in nearly every industry, from information technology to medicine to manufacturing. In a pilot program originating at UChicago, quantum researchers at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) are helping South Side high school teachers introduce their students to quantum concepts, positioning them to be part of a quantum-ready workforce.
Amid the grim heartbreak of surging gun violence in Chicago, hope emerges from innovative READI Chicago initiative
Ambitious partnership designed and evaluated by University of Chicago Crime Lab and Inclusive Economy Lab shows promise with those most affected by gun violence. Other cities, national policymakers, and the White House are taking notice.
UChicago’s Crime Lab and Education Lab find Choose to Change program is breaking violence cycle among traumatized teens
The Choose to Change program is showing marked, enduring impact in reducing arrests of any kind while enhancing educational engagement.
We are committed to building on the University’s position as the South Side’s leading economic anchor and making a strong, lasting contribution to Chicago's economic health.
Rigorous scholarship is at the heart of everything we do, and our city derives lasting benefits from our innovative ideas and research programs.
UChicago is a champion for quality PreK-12 education for students throughout Chicago, and our educational outreach programs help to put youth on the path to successful, productive adult lives.
Our areas of focus
Through research, evidence-based programming, and direct service, UChicago is working with community partners on the South Side and beyond to build safer communities, save lives, and heal traumatic emotional wounds inflicted by violence.
We demonstrate our commitment to urban education by developing and investing in programs and initiatives that serve children from pre-K through high school and by working with teachers and principals to improve our city’s school system.
UChicago is committed to promoting health equity and improving access to care on the South Side, so all residents have the opportunity to thrive.
Economic Opportunity and Entrepreneurship
We leverage UChicago’s role as the largest private employer and purchaser of goods and services on the South Side to foster entrepreneurship and create economic opportunities for community residents and local small businesses.
To strengthen Chicago’s civic infrastructure, we offer community-based training for emerging leaders and help to build local organizations’ capacity to grow, thrive, and achieve their missions.
Arts and Culture
As a partner in the South Side’s rich and storied arts community, we work to provide cultural opportunities, resources, and programs that reflect our community, resonate across the city, and are renowned around the world.
Learn more about our programs and initiatives
UChicago’s programs directly serve thousands of people each year, extending a wide range of university resources to our neighboring communities and the city as a whole.
Sep 25th, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Hyde Park Jazz Fest
The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is a collaborative platform dedicated to supporting the presentation and ongoing development of jazz, particularly on the South Side of Chicago. UChicago's Office of Civic Engagement is a proud sponsor of the festival.
The Office of Civic Engagement fosters UChicago’s university-wide approach to civic engagement and serves as a gateway to the South Side and the city, connecting the University to our neighbors.