UChicago Resources


UChiArch, the architecture RSO, brings together students by providing community events to create, experience, and discuss architecture on campus and throughout Chicago. The group can be reached through this listserv.

Visual Resources Center

The Visual Resources Center provides a collection focused on architectural studies, the Archivision Image Collection, featuring professional photographs of buildings and cityscape from all time periods and places. Users need to be either on campus or log in with Cnet and password to access images.

Arts + Public Life

The mission of Arts + Public Life is to foster collaboration and conversation between the University and civic, cultural and artistic communities of Chicago with a focus on the South Side. It fosters partnerships between artists and cultural institutions, the South Side, and the University so that combined artistic assets can serve as creative catalysts for urban transformation. As a neighborhood platform for arts and culture in Washington Park, APL provides residencies for Black and Brown artists and creative entrepreneurs, arts education for youth, and artist-led programming and exhibitions.

APL partners across the University with a wide range of departments and initiatives including the Logan Center for the Arts, the Department of Visual Arts, Center for Politics, Race and Culture, and the Department of Art History.

Chicago Studies

Chicago Studies is a University of Chicago center that supports students’ engagement in the Chicago community, ranging from community service to arts and culture to courses connecting to Chicago (“Chicago Studies Quarter).” Chicago Studies holds architectural and urban planning events throughout the year.

Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation

At the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, researchers study the fundamental processes that drive, shape and sustain cities. These researchers come from the social, natural, and computational sciences, along with the humanities. Together, they pursue innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship, develop new educational programs, and provide leadership and evidence to support global, sustainable urban development.

UChicago Urban Network

As a global leader in urban research and impact, the University of Chicago is confronting the most significant challenges cities face through rigorous scholarship and engaged practice, focused on the critical areas of economic development, public safety, public health, education, environmental sustainability and equity. The UChicago Urban Network is committed to advancing the future of cities and enriching urban life through data-driven science, fundamental ideas, innovative policy solutions and immersive community engagement. Together with our network partners, the UChicago Urban Network also leverages the university’s deep history in humanities and the arts to imagine an urban future that embraces the richness and complexity of urban life and promotes cutting-edge ideas to transform cities—on the South Side of Chicago, nationally and around the world.