Chicago offers everything from world-class museums, shopping, concerts, and shows to research and business opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. Consistently ranked as one of America’s top college cities, Chicago has beaches, shops, restaurants, art galleries, and theaters. You can find information about living and working in Chicago, tips on how to survive winter, and view campus maps using the links below.
Getting to know Chicagoland
Chicago is the third largest U.S. city, along the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan.
Chicago may be nicknamed the “Windy City” and known for its harsh winters, but summer in Chicago is well worth the wait.
Photo of Chicago skyline.
Northwestern has two campuses: one in Evanston, and one in Chicago. The Chicago campus is located between the edge of Lake Michigan and the famous "Magnificent Mile" on Michigan Ave. Evanston is a diverse and dynamic community that borders Chicago on the north side, along the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan.
The perfect combination of a college town and bustling small city, Evanston offers everything you could need or want, and all just steps away. Visit downtownevanston.org to discover the many unique shops, coffeehouses, restaurants, art galleries, and theaters that are just down the street or around the corner from campus. For more information, please visit the City of Evanston website, or to check out student favorites, visit The Daily Northwestern's Best of Evanston feature story.
The Chicago campus houses a thriving academic and interdisciplinary research enterprise that spans most of Northwestern’s academic disciplines, engages the City’s civic, social, and cultural institutions, and partners with medical affiliates such as Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, and Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Located in the bustling Streeterville neighborhood, Northwestern's Chicago campus is close to attractions such as the Magnificent Mile, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the John Hancock Center.
Photo of entrance to Ward building on Northwestern's Chicago campus.
The University of Illinois Chicago, one of the nation’s most diverse campuses and Chicago’s largest university, is located just a mile from the Loop. The east side of campus is home to most undergraduate classes, student housing, the Credit Union 1 Arena, recreation facilities and Student Center East. The west side of campus includes the health sciences colleges and medical center, recreation facilities, and Student Center West. The south area of campus has student housing, retail shops, athletics fields, and The Isadore & Sadie Dorin Forum, a conference and events center.
UIC sits among many culturally rich neighborhoods, such as Greektown, South Loop, West Loop, Pilsen, Little Italy, and Chinatown. University Village is a recently revamped community that’s trendy, student-oriented, and only a few blocks from campus. On the CTA bus and “L,” most neighborhoods are just a few minutes away from UIC.
Photo of three students walking on the UIC campus.
Nestled in the heart of Museum Campus South, Hyde Park is home to the University of Chicago and some of the best South side arts and cultural institutions, as well as many ethnic restaurants, family parks, bookstores, coffee shops, and more. Hyde Park is a historic and residential neighborhood with a number of cultural and educational attractions, entertainment venues, and hosts a variety of annual events in the summer and fall.
Hyde Park is located on the shore of Lake Michigan, just 20 minutes south of downtown Chicago. This location provides postdocs the best of two worlds: a comfortable home in a neighborhood with a college-town feel, and easy access to everything else going on in a world-class city.
Aerial photograph of the University of Chicago in Hyde Park.
The Northwestern, UIC, and UChicago campuses reside on the original homelands and traditional territory of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa Nations, as well as other Tribal Nations that know this area as their ancestral homeland, including the Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Miami, Peoria, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Kaskaskia, Kiikaapoi, and Sac and Fox. Indigenous peoples are the traditional stewards of the land that we now occupy, living here long before Chicago was a city and still thriving here today and current home to one of the largest urban Native American communities in the United States. Native people are part of Chicago’s past, present, and future.