When local residents and businesses thrive, their communities do too.  As the largest employer and engine for economic development on the South Side of Chicago, the University of Chicago has a deep commitment to ensuring local communities benefit from its activities. Through the UChicago Local initiative, the Office of Civic Engagement marshals the resources of the University and Medical Center to positively impact the quality of life in the neighborhoods around the University. In partnership with local organizations, we support business and career growth for local residents, housing opportunity in our community and economic growth that benefits all residents.

Our work falls into three categories: 

Buy Local 

Hire Local

Live Local

In addition, the University supports minority and local hiring and contracting for its construction projects.