The Chicago Skyline

Living in Chicago

Accommodation

You will be living in “The Flats” at 829 South Wabash Street. Apartments are non-smoking and come furnished with beds, furniture, and kitchens. Additional amenities include complimentary WiFi, multiple lounge areas, a fitness center, a computer center, bike storage, and free laundry facilities on every other floor. A University of Chicago graduate student will serve as a dedicated resident assistant, and will be living on site during the entire program duration.

Public Transportation

As part of your program fee, you will be provided with an unlimited Ventra card for the duration of your program. This will allow you to access all the subways and buses operated by the Chicago Transit Authority. In addition, the University operates shuttles that run routes around campus, which you will be able to ride with your UCID. The Department of Safety and Security provides comprehensive information on the University of Chicago’s Transportation Services. Below are the primary ways you will move about Chicago:

CTA:

  • The #6 and #2 buses offer $2 rides between the South Loop and Hyde Park.
  • Pick both up at the intersection of East Balbo Ave and South Michigan Ave, one block north of “The Flats.”
  • The #2 bus (Hyde Park Express) runs during morning and evening rush hours, only on weekdays.
    • The #2 bus circles the Hyde Park neighborhood, with several stops on or directly adjacent to campus.
    • Total travel time on a weekday morning, including the walk to campus from the nearest bus stop, is approximately 35 minutes.
  • The #6 bus (Jackson Park Express) runs from early morning to around midnight every day.
    • The most convenient stop in Hyde Park is at the intersection of 57th street and Stony Island Ave, which is a 10 minute walk from campus.
    • Total travel time on a weekday morning is approximately 45 minutes.
  • The #171 and #172 buses offer transportation around the Hyde Park neighborhood. These buses are free for University of Chicago students and staff.

Rideshare (Uber/Lyft):

  • Uber and Lyft normally cost between $10 and $30 to ride between the South Loop and Hyde Park. Price depends on time of day and traffic, and can become prohibitively expensive during surge periods.
  • Driving from the South Loop to Hyde Park takes approximately 20 minutes.

Metra:

  • The Metra is a commuter rail that runs from suburbs outside of Chicago into downtown. It runs on a fixed schedule and costs $4.00 and costs $4.00 per ride and is not covered by your Ventra card.
  • You should take the train to 55th/56th/57th Street Station, and exit south on 57th street.
  • The journey from either station to Hyde Park will take approximately 10 minutes, with an additional 10 minute walk to campus from the train station.

 

Neighborhood/Amenities

“The Flats” is located in the South Loop, one of Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods. You will live within walking distance of numerous amenities, including grocery stores, restaurants, and pharmacies.  Grant Park, a 319-acre public green space in the heart of the central business district, is across the street from the building. Important cultural landmarks and institutions can be found nearby. Explore the following lists of practical resources and cultural sites within walking distance:

Practical Resources:

Cultural Sites: