University of Chicago Campus Visits: Share Your Tips & Recommendations

Did you recently visit University of Chicago? Share your experience with the community! Post your review in the comments below.

Some ideas for what to share:

  • When did you visit?
  • Where did you stay? Would you recommend it?
  • Where did you eat? Did you try any local specialties?
  • How did you get there? What’s the best transportation mean to get to-from the campus?
  • What was the campus vibe?
  • What did you think of the dorms?
  • What are some must-see things in or around campus?
  • How were the school facilities?
  • Did you like it more or less than you thought you would? Why?
  • Did anything surprise you?

We’d love to hear any tips or recommendations you can share for people planning their UChicago visit!

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We visited during an “open house” weekend and got so much more out of it. In addition to the standard tour/info session there were several very good panels we were able to attend.

On the fun side, we did an excellent food walking tour. It was a great way to see a little bit of the city and learn so of its history.

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Hotels near UChicago campus:

  • The Study at the University of Chicago
  • SOPHY - Hyde Park
  • Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center
  • Best Western Plus - Hyde Park Chicago
  • Chicago Lake Shore Hotel
  • Quadrangle Club (members only)

Restaurants to try in Hyde Park:

  • Medici on 57th
  • Noodles, etc
  • Salonica
  • The Nile
  • Siam
  • Snail Thai
  • Kikuya Japanese
  • Ascione Bistro
  • Roux
  • Cedars
  • Shinju Sushi
  • Rajun Cajun
  • Giordano’s
  • Pizza Capri
  • Chant
  • Valois

Must-see things in or around campus:

  • Oriental Institute (now called Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures Museum)
  • Main quadrangle
  • Botany pond
  • Bond Chapel
  • Mandel Hall
  • South campus
  • The Rockefeller Chapel
  • Ida Noyes
  • The Booth School
  • The Regenstein Library
  • Smart Museum of Art
  • Promontary Point
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Jackson Park & Garden of the Phoenix

Coffee shops to try on-campus:

  • Grounds of Being (in Divinity School)
  • Cobb Coffee Shop
  • Hallowed Grounds
  • Quantum Cafe
  • Gordon Cafe
  • Plein Air Cafe
  • Everett Kovler Cafe (in Booth)
  • Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea
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Fun things to do in Chicago:

  • Architecture boat tours (e.g. Wendella)
  • Riverwalk
  • Magnificient Mile
  • Millenium Park, Maggie Daley Park, Buckingham Fountain
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Field Museum
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Navy Pier
  • Lincoln Park + Zoo
  • The Second City comedy club
  • Deep dish pizza (Giordano’s, Lou Malnati’s, Bartoli’s, etc)
  • Wicker Park walking food tour
  • Willis Tower Skydeck
  • John Hancock Observatory