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Chicago May 2023

COR 375 with CCS faculty TBD

  • No Cost for those with full CCS benefit
  • $1,400 for those with half CCS benefit
  • $2,800 for those with no CCS benefit

SAU Chicago focuses on immigrant communities and the mosaic of ethnic minorities in multicultural Chica-go. Students will stay in the Chicago community known as the Loop, the heart of the business district with easy access to mass transit, Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago.

We will also spend time in Uptown, once the entertainment capital of the U.S.A. where Charlie Chaplin made a number of his films. Today, Uptown is the port of entry for many people migrating to Chicago. In 1990, 32% of the population of Uptown was foreign-born. At one of the elementary schools in the area there are more than 50 different languages spoken by the children.

In addition to white ethnic groups (Polish, Czech, Italian, Greek and Swedish), focus will include Chicago’s large African-American communities and others comprised of immigrants from the following areas: Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, India, Cambodia, China, and Korea.

Throughout the course, the focus will be on social institutions (e.g., education, government, religion, economics, and social/family) as well as on issues of particular interest to each community.

We will use interviews, visits to museums, lectures and neighborhood tours to better understand the unique history and culture of each focus community.

We will focus on the arts by visits to galleries, touring murals and possibly attending plays and concerts. Learn to appreciate ethnic diversity in the culinary arts by sampling the cuisine of each focus community.

Learning intensive experiences may include:

  • Visit to World Relief to discuss issues related to immigration and political refugees
  • Visit “Korea Town” in Albany Park, Korean American Community Services and the Garden Buffet Korean Restaurant
  • Attend a service at Uptown Baptist Church and visit Jesus People USA
  • Spend an afternoon at Chicago Art Institute
  • Explore the Indo American Center, Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago and Victory Gardens Indian Restaurant.
  • Explore Chinatown, Chinese Christian Church, Chinatown Museum and eat at Won Kow Restaurant.
  • Have breakfast at Ann Sather’s Restaurant and visit the Swedish American Museum
  • See the South Shore Country Club, Dusable Museum of African-American History, and the University of Chicago in historic Hyde Park
  • Eat at MacArthur’s soul food restaurant
  • Learn about Operation PUSH, Bronzeville and the Chicago Defender
  • Have dinner at Berghoff’s German Restaurants
  • See West Side African-American Community, Bethel New Life, Circle Urban Ministries, and Garfield Park Conservatory
  • Explore Polish Museum of America and eat at Cerwone Jablonska Polish Restaurant
  • Tour Humboldt Park, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and eat dinner at Ibis Restaurant
  • Explore Pilsen, Casa Aztlan, Orozco School and Juarez High School
  • Eat lunch at Los Comales (Mexican)
  • See South Lawndale and visit the Mexican Fine Arts Museum
  • Enjoy dinner at Pegasus (Greek) in Greektown and visit the Hellenic Museum
  • Tour Little Italy, the Italian-American sports museum, and Hull house
  • Learn about North Lawndale. Visit Lawndale Christian Community Development
  • Visit the Czech museum in Berwyn
  • Have authentic Chicago style pizza at Lou Malnati’s

Travel Information

Departure Dates

January and May trips will last 19-21 days. Students should not make irreversible plans until their departure date is confirmed by the CCS office.

Health & Safety

This experience, like all CCS experiences, is subject to political and safety realities at the time of departure. CCS options can be physically and emotionally intense and stretching. Before enrolling, all participants should consult the disclosures on Physical Hardships of CCS.

Passport and immunizations required (both at additional cost).

Trip Costs

CCS program costs do not include: tuition, passport, immunizations, or the $150 study away fee. The study abroad fee provides insurance, travel photos, deposits, and support services.