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.
Drawing on the resources of the University and the Medical Center, UChicago is building broad, enduring partnerships with our South Side neighbors through investments in community health, education, business and workforce development, public safety, economic development, and arts and cultural enrichment.
We are committed to making a strong contribution to the South Side's prosperity by hiring community residents, contracting with local businesses, and working with our vendor network to create and expand local employment opportunities.
We support local business owners and entrepreneurs through faculty- and student-led workshops and programs that help them to launch and grow. We also partner on workforce development initiatives that help individuals build the skills that employers demand.
We are proud to be part of the fabric of Chicago. We look forward to working ever more closely with our neighbors to make this an even greater city, for all of us.
UChicago and local leaders examine root causes of violence and possible solutions
University intends to launch fund to address violence; roundtable discusses community-driven interventions
From the Shark Tank to the food desert: Southside Market feeds a community
Jason Winik, a student at Harris School of Public Policy, along with Mabel Shiu, a Booth MBA student, Monica Meriweather, a UChicago Social Sector student, and Jahnvi Vaidya, a Booth MBA student, proposed a new enterprise named Southside Market. It’s a fresh produce market and café providing healthy food access and business ownership opportunities on the South side of Chicago.
Upcoming eventFeb 2nd, 2022 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Action NOW: Social Movements in the Floyd and COVID Era
Join Harris School of Public Policy and Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University for an examination of the movement as it stands today and its historical parallels.
Who I Am, Who We Are Humanities and Professional Skills Course
Woodlawn resident Jennifer Toliver felt mentally and professionally energized by a new humanities and professional skills-building course for community residents — with priority given to individuals with criminal records or involvement in the justice system — that covers themes like personal and group identity.
UChicago Local is an economic inclusion initiative, led by the Office of Civic Engagement, that leverages the University’s role as the largest private employer and purchaser of goods and services on the South Side to create economic opportunities for local businesses and residents.