Partnering for Impact in Chicago and Beyond
Learn more about Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago
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...
South Side organization participates in training to strengthen trauma-informed care at Parkway Gardens
"The city at large is trauma-filled. Parents are experiencing trauma every day. It has become normalized … and they don't understand how it impacts not only them but their children," said Jennifer ...
Community Programs Accelerator accepting applications through July 26
The Community Programs Accelerator at the University of Chicago is now accepting applications for its 2020 program cycle. An initiative of the Office of Civic Engagement, the Accelerator provides c...
A summer of sequels: Midweek on the Midway begins July 10
The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement has been hosting the popular Midweek on the Midway for more than a decade. The 2019 summer movie series kicks off July 10.
Movies will begin ...
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.