Partnering for Impact in Chicago and Beyond
Learn more about Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago
The heart of Hyde Park: With UChicago support, black-owned businesses thrive on 53rd Street
For more than 15 years, Eric Williams’s shop, The Silver Room, set trends on Chicago’s North Side with an expertly curated mix of merchandise and an annual block party that drew thousands. But by 2...
Nonprofits focused on housing issues find support at the Community Programs Accelerator
UChicago students who sign on to help with projects for the South Side nonprofit Featherfist begin by going on a ride-along with the team that reaches out nightly to people experiencing homelessnes...
Through Polsky Center, South Side entrepreneurs find a place to grow
Steve Jobs famously advised budding entrepreneurs to “stay hungry.” For Boyede Sobitan, hunger was more than a metaphor: The Bronzeville resident was tired of having to travel to specialty markets ...
UChicago invests in local businesses to help build a stronger community
The people in charge of buying supplies for large institutions can be a tough group to reach, according to Jackie Dyess, owner of Inter-City Supply, a Chatham-based distributor of janitorial and of...
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 financial resources and expertise to foster entrepreneurship and create economic opportunities for community residents and local 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.
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.