University of Chicago Photo Tour

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University of Chicago

The University of Chicago
The University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The University of Chicago is a private, nondenominational university located in the Chicago neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Woodlawn. The university was founded in 1890 by the American Baptist Education Society and John D. Rockefeller with the intention of creating a community of scholars.

The university continues to build upon this founding mission. In 2013, 5,703 undergraduate and 9,345 graduate students enrolled in the university. Students belong to one of 14 academic programs: the Division of Biological Sciences, Chicago Booth School of Business, The College, Divinity School, Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, Humanities Division, Law School, Institute for Molecular Engineering, Oriental Institute, Physical Sciences Division, Pritzker School of Medicine, School of Social Service Administration, and Social Sciences Division.

Holding true to its dedication to knowledge, UChicago adopted a crest in 1910 that features a phoenix and the Latin phrase, Crescat Scientia, Vita Excolatur or “Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched.”

Nearby colleges include the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), the University of Illinois at Chicago, Saint Xavier University, and Chicago State University.

To learn about the university's costs and highly selective admissions standards, check out this University of Chicago profile and this graph of GPA, SAT and ACT data for admitted, rejected and waitlisted students.

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Main Quadrangle at the University of Chicago

Main Quadrangle at the University of Chicago
Main Quadrangle at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Main Quadrangle is the center of the University of Chicago’s north campus and student life. Designed by architect Henry Ives Cobb, the quadrangle is surround by stunning gothic-style buildings. In 1997, the main quadrangles were designated a Botanic Garden by the American Public Garden Association. The quadrangles total 215 acres of green space, allowing students an escape from the bustle of Chicago. The quadrangle is perfect for a game of Frisbee in the fall or building a snowman in the winter.

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University of Chicago Bookstore

University of Chicago Bookstore
University of Chicago Bookstore. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located in campus west, the University of Chicago Bookstore is a student’s one-stop-shop for textbooks, dorm essentials, and U of C merchandise. The store also holds all specialty items for university classes. The bookstore is associated with a blog, thecollegejuice.com, which features tips on getting through college as well as events held in the bookstore and Chicagoland area.

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Botany Pond at the University of Chicago

Botany Pond at the University of Chicago
Botany Pond at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located in Hull Court, Botany Pond is a small pond on the University of Chicago campus. Despite its small size, a variety of animals reside within the pond. Students can spot ducks, four species of turtles, a dozen species of dragonflies and damselflies along with other animals and plants. While Botany pond has been used as a place for students to research, it also is a tranquil place to relax in between classes.

Students often relax on a large, stone bench located next to the pond. The bench, known as the Botany Pond Bench, was the 1988 senior class gift. It was the first gift given since the tradition had died out in the 1930s. Now, seniors donate to the University’s College fund instead of donating a monument.
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Breasted Hall at the University of Chicago

Breasted Hall at the University of Chicago
Breasted Hall at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Breasted Hall, located next to the Oriental Institute Museum, was named after James H. Breasted, an archeologist and early University of Chicago faculty member specializing in the Middle East. His work and discoveries helped created the Oriental Institute Museum as well as shape the American perception of ancient civilizations. His most notable work was Ancient Records of Egypt, an English translation of Egyptian historical texts. Breasted Hall continues Breasted’s legacy through educating the community and University students on the Ancient Middle East and his work.

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Charles M. Harper Center at the University of Chicago

Charles M. Harper Center at the University of Chicago
Charles M. Harper Center at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Charles M. Harper Center offers state-of-the-art technology to the UChicago Booth School of Business students and research affiliates. The building features twelve classrooms, a student lounge, three outdoor terraces, four management laboratories, an antique trading booth from the New York stock exchange, multiple interview rooms, and group study areas.

Completed in 2004, Architect Raphael Vinoly mirrored the building after its neighbors, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. The Rothman Winter Garden is a prominent feature of the building. The Winter Garden is a roof structure with four glass funnels.

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Court Theatre at the University of Chicago

Court Theatre at the University of Chicago
Court Theatre at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Court Theatre is a professional theatre located near the Smart Museum. Since its establishment in 1955, the Court Theatre has been a center for the study and production of classic theatre. UChicago students are able to get free tickets to Court Theatre shows through the UChicago Art Pass program (students also get free passes to the Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art). Art Pass allows students to have special benefits at over 60 theatre, dance, music, art, and cultural institutions in the Chicagoland area.

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Gerald Ratner Athletic Center at the University of Chicago

Gerald Ratner Athletic Center at the University of Chicago
Gerald Ratner Athletic Center at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Opened in 2003, the Gerald Ratner Athletic Center is a 51 million dollar athletics facility located on the southwest corner of Ellis Avenue and 55th street. The center features a general fitness area, a multipurpose dance studio, classroom, meeting room, and the University of Chicago Athletics Hall of Fame. The center is home to the Myers-McLoraine Swimming pool, a 55 by 25 yard pool with two one-meter diving boards and 350 seats for spectators.

The center is named after UChicago Law school alumn and former student-athlete Gerald Ratner. Ratner was a prominent Chicago lawyer who donated 15 million dollars to the construction of the athletic center.
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Harper Memorial Library at the University of Chicago

Harper Memorial Library at the University of Chicago
Harper Memorial Library at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Opened in 1912, the Harper Memorial Library stands on the edge of the main quadrangle. The library was built in the signature UChicago neogothic style as a dedication to its first president, William Rainey Harper.

On the top floor, the library features the Arley D. Cathey Learning Center, a 24 hour study space comprised of two rooms, the Main and North Reading Room. The Main Reading Room is designed for quiet, individual study. The North Reading Room is the ideal place for group work. This room also hosts the College Core Tutor Program as well as Writing Tutors.
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Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago

Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago
Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library is an underground research library that offers a combination of the physical holdings at the university along with the researcher’s digital needs. The library is marked by an elliptical glass dome next to the Joseph Regenstein Library, so students have views of the campus as they study. The ground level contains the Grand Reading Room, which along with three glass research rooms, offers study space for 180 people.

On October 11, 2011, this library was officially dedicated to Joe and Rika Mansueto, alumni of the University of Chicago. Joe Mansueto was the founder of Morningstar, Inc., an investment research firm, and Rika Mansueto was an investment analyst at the company. The Mansueto’s $25 million gift allowed for the creation of the library.
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Joseph Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago

Joseph Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago
Joseph Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Designed by Walter Netsch, the Joseph Regenstein Library is a graduate research library related to the social sciences, business, divinity, area studies, and humanities. The library honors Joseph Regenstein, an industrialist and native Chicagoan. Regenstein was dedicated to the development of Chicago and its institutions. The library covers 577,085 square feet and offers students access to 3,525,000 books.

The library also contains the Enrico Fermi Memoria. “Nuclear Energy,” a bronze statue by Henry Moore, marks the place where Fermi and other scientists created the first man-made nuclear chain reaction.
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The Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago

The Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago
The Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Division of Biological Sciences is located next to the Medicine Campus and serves the full-range of students - undergraduate, graduate, medical, and post-graduate. Due to its central location on campus and closeness to the Medicine Campus, this division offers unique interdisciplinary programs in addition to the traditional biology programs. For instance, students can partner with the medical or law school in conjunction with their biology studies or follow a non-traditional joint degree with biology and social services or business. Students can also gain hands-on industry experience with nearby research facilities such as Abbott Laboratories or Janelia Farm Research Campus.

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The University of Chicago Medicine Campus

The University of Chicago Medicine Campus
The University of Chicago Medicine Campus. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The University of Chicago Medicine Campus offers cutting-edge facilities, inpatient beds, and an outpatient service. Through this campus, students are given a wide range of access to different expert faculty members and specialty areas. The campus includes the Center for Care and Discovery, Bernard Mitchell Hospital, Chicago Lying In Hospital, Wyler’s Children's Hospital, and the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine.

The medicine campus also features many acclaimed research institutions and programs such as the National Cancer Research Center, the Diabetes Research and Training Center, the Clinical Research Center, and the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center.
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Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Opening in 1928, the chapel was a gift from the university’s founder John D. Rockefeller and designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue. 256 feet long and 102 feet wide, the chapel is made entirely of stone with the exception of steel supports to carry the weight of the roof. The wall contains 72,000 pieces of Indiana limestone and weighs 32,000 tons. Remaining true to the university’s devotion to education, the chapel is decorated with sculptures representing the humanities and sciences.

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel offers students a place to practice and discuss their religious beliefs. Anchored in the Spiritual Life Office, the university's 15 religious student organizations give students a range of options for exploring their spiritual interests. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel is not only a spiritual center for university students, but also a venue for music, theatre, visual arts, and major speakers.
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Ryerson Physical Laboratory at the University of Chicago

Ryerson Physical Laboratory at the University of Chicago
Ryerson Physical Laboratory at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Since its opening in 1894, Ryerson Physical Laboratory is a haven for physics research and education. Designed by Henry Ives Cobbs, this building contains research facilities and classrooms for the University’s Physical Sciences Division.

This neogothic building has also been home to several Noble Prize Winners and the Manhattan Project. On December 2, 1942, the members of the Manhattan Project created the first man-made release of nuclear energy. The University has more monuments dedicated to the Manhattan Project, most notably Henry Moore’s “Nuclear Energy” statue located next to the Regenstein Library.
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Smart Museum at the University of Chicago

Smart Museum at the University of Chicago
Smart Museum at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Smart Museum of Art holds University of Chicago’s collection of art. The Museum was named on behalf of David and Alfred Smart, publishers of Esquire, Coronet, and other various magazines. The museum first opened to the public in 1974 and has since expanded its arts program as well as education program. The museum offers an educational outreach program to local schools and its various exhibits are open to the public.

In 2010, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation paired with the museum and University of Chicago to create The Mellon Program. The Mellon Program allows the University’s faculty and students to work beside the Smart museum’s curatorial team to create different exhibitions.
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South Campus East Residence Hall at the University of Chicago

South Campus East Residence Hall at the University of Chicago
South Campus East Residence Hall at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

South Campus East Residence Hall opened in Fall 2009. These modern buildings contain two large common spaces, a two-story reading room, two courtyards, multiple music practice rooms, study rooms, and lounges. The hall is divided into four house communities; Cathey, Crown, Jannotta, and Wendt. Each house has its own internal house staircase and common area. The residence hall is next to the Arley D. Cathey Dining Commons and a short walk to the main quadrangle.

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Arley D. Cathey Dining Commons at the University of Chicago

Arley D. Cathey Dining Commons at the University of Chicago
Arley D. Cathey Dining Commons at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Arley D. Cathey Dining Commons opened in 2009 with the South Campus Residential Hall. The dining commons offers a variety of meals to satisfy every student’s dietary needs. Cathey provides Kosher, Zabina Halal, vegetarian/ vegan, and gluten free venues to maintain a safe dining environment.

Access to the dining commons is gained using Maroon Dollars. Maroon Dollars are bought through the university and placed directly on to a student’s university ID.

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Max Palevsky Residential Commons at the University of Chicago

Max Palevsky Residential Commons at the University of Chicago
Max Palevsky Residential Commons at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located in the school’s central campus, the Max Palevsky Residential Commons opened in Fall of 2001. Designed by Ricardo Legorreta, the residence halls--Max Palevsky East, Central, and Wes--share a basement and mailroom. The buildings feature student lounges, a TV/rec room, music practice rooms, a computer room and private house study rooms. The residences also contain four separate house communities: Hoover, May, Wallace, and Rickert. While all of these houses are co-ed, Hoover offers single-sex floors to university students.

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The Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago

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The Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted, the Oriental Institute Museum was originally intended to be a research laboratory to study the ancient middle east. In 1990, the Oriental Institute Museum was opened to the public viewing of collections dedicated to the ancient Middle East, including artifacts from ancient Egypt, Mesppotamia, Israel, Iran, and Nubia. In the 1990s and 2000s, the museum underwent major renovations which included adding a climate-controlled storage area. The museum also provides educational programs for students and educators in the Chicagoland area.

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