Founded in 1970, Chicago Center has extended the college classroom walls by providing professional practicum opportunities and urban seminars for students of all academic majors in Chicago. We incorporated as a non-profit in 1970 and were named Urban Life Center until 2005.
Chicago Center's location in Hyde Park provides a safe, diverse, and culturally rich environment for students outside the classroom. Hyde Park is home to President Barack Obama and has a long history of successful racial, religious, and cultural diversity, which has made it the ideal setting for our students as they engage in cross-cultural living and learning.
Recognized nationwide as a leader in experiential education, our name Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture reflects our commitment and relationship to one of North America's most dynamic cities.