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 Community Programs Accelerator welcomes 17 incoming South Side organizations and recognizes first graduates of Crown Family School Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program
The selected nonprofit organizations and nonprofit professionals were recognized in a virtual event on March 12.
"Nothing about us, without us": Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention collaborates with the community to reduce violence
Disinvestment, poverty, educational disparities, and health inequities caused by systemic racism have taken a heavy toll on the Chicago communities that are disproportionately affected by violence. The Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention, based at the UChicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, is collaborating closely with a Bronzeville community organization to take on this multifaceted issue.
Woodlawn Residential Commons: Building a more inclusive workforce on the South Side
The Woodlawn Residential Commons is the most recent example of the University’s commitment to creating opportunities for local workers and minority- and women-owned firms through campus construction and renovation projects.
Latest eventNov 18th, 2019 | 5:00 p.m.
Workshop & Dinner: South Side Housing Data Project
This workshop will provide an overview of the South Side Housing Data Project, which mapped neighborhood conditions in both the Woodlawn and Washington Park communities, and walk through the process for converting parcel survey data into actionable recommendations.
Working in partnership with small business owners and workforce development organizations in our neighboring communities, the UChicago Local Initiative connects local residents with jobs and contracting opportunities, both here at the University and throughout our network of vendors.