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Location & Facilities

Study in a Diverse and Cosmopolitan City in the Heart of the US

Chicago may be a relatively young city, but its history has already been shaped by countless cultures around the world. No matter your passion, Chicago has a place for you: world-class theatres, museums, parks and conservatories, beautiful architecture, music scenes, and festivals are easily accessible.

You’ll live and work in Chicago’s prosperous Gold Coast neighborhood, an area lined with quiet streets and classic row houses. The Gold Coast is also close to the lakefront and the Newberry Library, your primary research site for the semester.

On weekends, use Chicago’s extensive public transportation system to explore a variety of neighborhoods, each with its own livelihood, story, and culture – and plenty of delicious food at every turn! Fall into step with the rhythms of this bustling city by hopping on the ‘L’ train and venture somewhere new. Spend a day browsing the Art Institute or the Chicago History Museum, laugh at a comedy club, or wander through small neighborhood bookstores and cultural centers.

As a dynamic city pulsing with both history and progress, Chicago will expand your liberal arts education well beyond the classroom.

The Newberry Library

For an entire semester, use one of the world’s premier independent research libraries as your campus. The Newberry Library’s evolving collections are rooted in the humanities and embrace the history and literature of Western Europe and the Americas.

As a visiting scholar at the Newberry, you can access resources ranging anywhere from the Middle Ages to the mid-20th century. Some of the Newberry’s most exciting collections include a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, French Revolution pamphlets, early American treaties, Chopin and Mozart manuscripts, and an edition of John Milton’s Paradise Lost in jeweled binding. Use these rare resources to inspire and support your unique research interests.

The Newberry is open to the public and has an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. Supplement your research with the Newberry’s host of exhibits, lectures, classes, concerts, and other public programming. You’ll also have access to the library’s public reading rooms and free wireless internet.