Experience it All
Chicago's great magic lies in its mix: sophisticated yet friendly, bustling city streets adjacent to long stretches of green parks and bike paths. Sparkling Lake Michigan borders a stunning, year-round array of things to see and do that are unique to the entire world.
Chicago has innumerable clubs, pubs and restaurants amidst iconic landmarks like the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), Art Institute of Chicago and Navy Pier.
This City of Big Shoulders is a menagerie of cultures and ethnic neighborhoods, nestled close to world-class cultural institutes like the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium. With an endless assortment of shopping destinations and nightlife, all at your fingertips, Chicago is ready to match every taste, budget and mood.
Centers for culture, industry, finance and most importantly, visionary people, the city is on display daily as an active part of student life. So plan your free time water skiing, dancing or touring some of the best architecture on the planet, but plan it all here, while you're learning, in Chicago.
Green Living in the Second City
So you know Chicago has great restaurants, museums, entertainment and much more, but did you know that Chicago is one of the most green and naturally beautiful cities in the nation?
From its comprehensive Environmental Action Agenda aimed at increasing the city's environmental sustainability to its blooming streetscapes, Chicago is well on its way to becoming a top, urban, streetscapes-tourism destination.
When you're here studying at the UIC School of Public Health, experience for yourself why The Green Guide magazine ranked Chicago one of the 10 greatest cities in the U.S.
With hundreds of parks, miles of lakefront and bike paths, world-class conservatories, and bird and wildlife gardens, Chicago is as pleasing to the eye as it is supportive of the environment. So when you come to UIC SPH, take time to enjoy the natural side of Chicago.
- 552 parks with 7,300 acres of parkland
- 33 beaches with 31 miles of lakefront
- 18 miles of bike paths
- Two world-class conservatories
- 16 historic lagoons
- 10 bird and wildlife gardens
- Rooftop gardens with over 250 public and private green roofs
Chicago is beautiful aesthetically, and vast. It has all of the problems of the world and all the potential for fixing them… a perfect place to witness the social determinants of health at work.