Student Life

Chicago Urban Explorers

2022 Dates TBA
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Chicago has been called a number of things throughout its history. Nicknames like "The City of Big Shoulders," "Paris on the Prairie," and "The Windy City" have each attempted to sum up the essence of the city, but there is one name that we think might be more appropriate than any other: "home." For at least the next four years, you will be a Chicagoan, and Chicago Urban Explorers (CUE) is your introduction to the culture, policy, and history of the city.

Through daily programming and small group discussions, you will delve into the richness and diversity of Chicago while also building a strong social network with other members of your incoming class. During the course of the program, you will meet with civic leaders, engage with faculty to develop a deeper understanding of the complexities of Chicago, and learn about important landmarks and cultural institutions of the city. In addition to these daily speakers, you will engage in small group discussions and other activities with your upperclass student leaders and fellow group members.

Program Overview

Dates: 2022 Dates TBA

Spaces Available: 80

Cost: $500

Please note that students may apply for and participate in multiple Pre-Orientation or Summer Experience programs, providing the dates of the program do not overlap.



    Past years of CUE have included the following virtual programs:

    - A History of Housing and Policy in Chicago with Brad Hunt

    - Live improv comedy with the Second City

    - The Folded Map Project featuring artist Tonika Johnson

    - Student Life Panel Q&A

    - Virtual Boat Tour of Downtown Chicago


    You may still apply without your CNetID. However, you should ensure that you claim your CNet ID submit your UChicago Card ID photo before you come to campus for CUE. You will receive information on both of these processes over the summer.

    Students with questions regarding the Chicago Urban Explorers program should contact the College Programming and Orientation via email at