At UChicago, our commitment to building strong, productive partnerships with our neighbors is shared across the whole university.
Every division and school across our university is engaged with our community, in ways large and small. We work to deepen our connections with our neighbors and build new partnerships that will benefit all of us, here on the South Side and throughout Chicago.
We welcome our neighbors’ input and insights into the issues that matter most to our shared communities and understand that ongoing, open dialogue is essential to forming effective collaborations. Our community partners inform our priorities and shape our actions as we work together to create positive change.
Our combined efforts draw upon our strength as an economic anchor and on the power of education, research, and innovation to create real, lasting impact and opportunity, in all communities.
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.
University of Chicago Announces Programs to Support South Side during COVID-19 Crisis
UChicago to provide meal preparation and delivery in alliance with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, bridge funding and rent relief for small businesses and nonprofits on the South Side
Meet Our 2020 UCSC Award Winners, the Students Who've Impacted Our World for the Better
Meet our 2 President's Volunteer Service Award winners and our 3 Perry Herst Prize Winners, and read all about their incredible accomplishments!
Students create website to help Chicago-area residents shop local
A collaborative effort at University of Chicago Law School has helped 400-plus small businesses in Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Programs for Spring Quarter!
Want ways to stay engaged while learning and working remotely? The University Community Service Center has launched three new initiatives to foster community during social distancing: "tfw.." Playlist, the Civic Engagement Virtual Trivia Challenge, and Sewing for Good.
Chicago Immunoengineering Innovation Center launches to develop technologies to treat diseases
The Chicago Immunoengineering Innovation Center has launched at the University of Chicago, with a focus on developing new technologies to treat diseases, including cancer, autoimmune disorders, and, most recently, COVID-19.
UChicago Medicine expands COVID-19 testing to South Side partners, community organizations
The University of Chicago Medicine health system, including Ingalls Memorial, will expand COVID-19 testing for up to 1,000 symptomatic people each day, a roughly fivefold increase over the average 200 daily tests that were performed since onsite screenings began on March 15.
100 Black Men of Chicago
“Being part of the Community Programs Accelerator allows us to move forward on purpose and with intention. We’re planning our next decade, which will be pivotal for us as we focus on what we can become rather than on what we are.” - Carl H. Tutt, Jr., 100 Black Men of Chicago Board President
Abraham and Karen Potts
Maroon Tutor Match
“[Tutor Meera Santhanam] really taught him how to study and prepare for testing and, more than that, showed him the value of studying. She’s given him valuable insight into college and what it requires.”
Maroon Tutor Match
“Maroon Tutor Match helped me learn to work with people — not just students and families, but tutors as well — who were very different from me and had different priorities and struggles. Getting a better understanding of where people are coming from is invaluable.”
Civic Leadership Academy
“Where you might not have seen or thought about synergies between organizations, they do actually exist if you dig a little deeper.”
Neighborhood Schools Program
“I learned at NSP that I wanted to do this work. And I developed the base instinct that informs Creo: School should be a place where students are always safe and never bored.”
“I was elated to find something like Polsky on the South Side. Nothing against other incubators, but you want to be in your community.”