Chicago Center for Urban Life & Culture

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Learn from the city firsthand while living in Chicago's historic Hyde Park neighborhood.

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With Chicago Center you'll be exposed to diverse urban communities through an innovative practicum unlike any other in the world.

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For Forty years Chicago Center has been expanding Liberal Arts Education.

"Childhood is Without Prejudice" by Bill Walker

Make Chicago Your Classroom

Chicago Center equips college students and other participants to learn from diverse urban communities through innovative programs, seminars and internships.

The Center expands the traditional classroom with a community-based, first-voice pedagogy that prepares its students for greater self-awareness and global citizenship.

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May Term Reflection

August 6th, 2014

Walt Paquin shares his experience of bringing students from Bluffton University to Chicago for short-term programs. To learn more about bringing a group, check out the Group Programs tab. Each year Bluffton University students embark on a three week cross cultural trip to locations domestically and internationally. While most destinations are offered every other year, […]

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After her Chicago Internship Program: Mary’s Apprentice Highlight

August 6th, 2014

The Urban Apprenticeship is an exciting opportunity we offer Chicago Center alumni that have just graduated college. More than a job it offers opportunities for learning and skill development in a supportive urban learning community. One of the well-known benefits of the Chicago Center is its propensity for showing up in your life at the exact right […]

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“I took away a lot from each community, every person... everything came together to give me one of the most rewarding and beneficial experiences that I have ever had in my life.”
- Stephanie Kluk, Albion College, Comadres, Fall 2009