The University, its real estate, and a vision for Hyde Park retail.
Reflections on landing a mugger in prison.
Donald Liu drowned last August after saving two children swept out into Lake Michigan. He was survived by a wife, three children, countless patients, and the next generation of pediatric surgeons at Comer’s Children’s Hospital.
The Committee on Social Thought is one of UChicago’s signature programs. Its members you’ve probably read in your Core classes. Its students have likely been your professors. But it’s as hard to define as it is prestigious.
The last protests of the “99 percent” have died down. What now?
Corporate culture is warming up to the LGBTQ community. Is Booth keeping up with the times?
It just might be the Core’s most troublesome class. Is anyone to blame?
Investigating the ongoing protests for an adult level-one trauma center on the South Side.
Marijuana arrests pressure racial tensions and city budget.
“There are no firm records, it may surprise you, on the history of the Department.”
The University’s Office of Sustainability was created in 2008. Since then, its staff have been fixing up the Quads’ oldest buildings, tracking greenhouse emissions, and changing lightbulbs all over campus. But how does it pick its projects—and how can we tell they’re doing any good?
How Administration exerts influence on the hill.
Chicagoans have been pushing for years for a vibrant food truck community similar to those in New York and L.A.
From documents like Chicago’s “3 Simple Steps to Obtain a Business License” (which actually lists 10 not-so-simple steps) to maneuvering through eight different city, state, and federal agencies, Grey City traces the paths of several successful small businesses in Hyde Park.
The odd saga of UChicago Hookups
As competition for top faculty, staff, and students has increased, so has tuition.
A storied history and a reputation as a feeder for the nation’s top colleges make the Lab School a highly appealing choice for students and parents. Getting Lab to choose you, though, is another story.
The U of C’s nuclear experiments—as well as modern efforts to clean them up—trace their roots to a killjoy administrator, an Italian physicist, and a gang of singing teenagers.
Grey City sat down with five new faculty members appointed within the last year and half: Kenneth Pomeranz (history), Amie Wilkinson (mathematics), Patrick Jagoda (English), Nicolas Brunel (statistics and neurobiology), and Paul Nealey (the new Institute for Molecular Engineering). You might not know their names yet. But you may well soon.
“The idea is basically to use quantitative tools from applied mathematics, statistics, and physics to try to understand how the brain works.”
“And then you get here and realize it may be one of the biggest initiatives the University has taken in maybe 50 or 80 years, and you go, ‘OK. This is serious.’”
“Can a video game be as good as a novel in the ways that a novel is as good? No, of course not. But videogames can do things that other forms can’t.”
“In the back of my mind I thought if I don’t get a job I could go work on Wall Street. A lot of people I know did that and got very rich and created the mess we had.”
“There’s something heroic and gigantic about that age, but it’s heroic because it’s so terrifying.”
Chicago’s longest-serving mayor needs little introduction. But what is he doing now?
The head of the University’s private police force talks about how U of C crime differs from other places and what it’s like to be in charge of the safety of others.
“To get people upset, I like to say there’s an optimal amount of crime.”
The founder of the Homemaking Skills Institute talks origins, her partnership with the Pritzker School, and favorite recipes.
University Architect Steve Wiesenthal gives his say on the U of C’s Neo-Gothic foundations and his vision for its state of the art future.
Sociology professor Andrew Abbott sits down with Grey City.