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.
University of Chicago’s COVID-19 Community Support Initiative Passes 125,000 Meal Mark for South Side Community Members
In partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, UChicago is now providing meals at more than 20 sites across the University’s nine-neighborhood focus area, and is on track to meet 225,000 meals by mid-June.
University of Chicago Awards More Than $680,000 in Emergency COVID-19 Bridge Grants to 182 South Side Small Businesses
University of Chicago is awarding bridge grants to 182 South Side small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This financial assistance is one element of the institution’s South Side COVID-19 Community Support Initiative launched on March 30
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.