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Excursions & Travel

Class Excursions

Class excursions typically vary based on the seminar topic and the interests of the visiting faculty directors. Excursions in the city will relate to your studies and class discussions, and can range anywhere from museum visits to neighborhood tours.

Exploring Chicago

In a large city like Chicago, you can experience a diverse range of cultures and history within the short span of a few train stops. There are plenty of ways to get around the city in your free time, whether you walk, take public transportation, ride your bike, or take a cab.

The Loop, Chicago’s downtown center, has countless large theaters, restaurants, museums, and music venues to explore. Chicago’s downtown area is also home to world-famous architecture, including the Willis Tower (commonly known as the Sears Tower), the second-tallest building in the US.

The Loop, Chicago’s downtown center, has countless large theaters, restaurants, museums, and music venues to explore.

Outside of the Loop, explore the various communities where Chicagoans live. To the west, you’ll find neighborhoods like Pilsen, home to a sizeable Hispanic and Latino population and known for its beautiful street murals, delicious Mexican cuisine, and the National Museum of Mexican Art. Or, architecture enthusiasts can spend a day in Oak Park, home to several buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, including the architect’s very own home and studio.

By moving south, you can explore Chinatown’s various shops and restaurants, or venture to Hyde Park to visit Chicago’s famous Museum of Science and Industry. A trip to Bronzeville, a well-known African-American neighborhood, will show you some of the area’s many community centers and activist organizations.

To the north, you can enjoy Lincoln Park’s free zoo and conservatory, or enjoy a day at a ball game at Lakeview’s historic Wrigley Field. Spend a day relaxing at Montrose Beach, or visit small Vietnamese restaurants and shops on Argyle Street before heading over to Uptown to see a music performance at the Aragon Ballroom. In Chicago, the opportunities to explore are limitless!