Center for Urban Life & Culture

Discover yourself and your culture in new ways by interacting with the diversity of Chicago, America's "city of neighborhoods."

During your three week learning experience, you'll get to know a Chicago most visitors rarely see, by volunteering three full days a week at an agency or organization within your major.

Chicago Center works with all majors -- even undecided! Other days of the term are just as exciting. You'll see cutting-edge theater and be exposed to the city's rich mosaic of blues, jazz, gospel and Latino music. You'll get to know ethnic neighborhoods and experience Chicago's world-renowned cuisines in their true settings. You'll be meeting with the people who make the city work, and hear a stimulating range of opinions about our society's pressing concerns such as public housing, affirmative action, education and the role of the arts in our communities.

Students live in apartments in a diverse, bustling neighborhood, sharing cooking, cleaning and group responsibilities. All students learn how to safely use the city's buses and trains and take an urban safety workshop.

Dates: May 6-27, 2015
Program fee: $2,000
Leader: Walt Paquin
16 students
A TB test may be required (approx. $100)

Elaine Suderman, Asst. Director of Cross-cultural Programs
Cross-cultural Program Office
College Hall second floor