Arts & Culture

Across the University and the surrounding city, rich cultural resources abound. Whether you're a theater-goer, film buff, music enthusiast, or anything in between, you'll find ample opportunities to whet your creative appetite.

Arts on Campus

The arts thrive at the University of Chicago through a wide range of academic programming, as well as a rich array of visual arts, performances, and spoken word events.
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Several on-campus arts organizations offer the community ways to express their creativity or get involved. Here's a sampling:

  • At the Oriental Institute, volunteers and docents have the opportunity to attend field trips, exclusive lectures, and other special events.
  • The Department of Music offers a wide range of performance opportunities for talented musicians on campus and in the community.
  • Anyone can DJ their own radio program at WHPK 88.5 FM.


Arts in the Neighborhood

Hyde Park buzzes with arts activity.
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The South Side, Chicago's Culture Coast

Our location in the diverse South Side of Chicago provides opportunities to engage with organizations from the National Museum of Mexican Art to Friends of the Gamelan.
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Citywide Offerings

Chicago is home to some of the best arts and entertainment in the country. Here are a few resources for exploring what the city has to offer:


Especially for Kids

Campus and community organizations offer programs for children and families. Among these are:

  • SmARTKids is the Smart Museum of Art's programming especially for children, during which kids can learn about and create their own art.
  • Hyde Park School of Dance welcomes students of all ages, whether they are interested in dance as a career or for exercise and recreation.
  • The Hyde Park Art Center's mission is to stimulate and sustain the visual arts in Chicago. It is the oldest alternative exhibition space in the city and boasts a long record of education outreach in the community.
  • Little Black Pearl's mission is to create opportunities for youth and adults to deepen their creative involvement through the arts.