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The University of Chicago is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois. The school has a total enrollment of around 7,000 undergraduate students that attend. There are plenty of different buildings to visit to keep yourself preoccupied while on campus. Here are the top 10.

1. Gerald Ratner Athletics Center

the outside of the athletics center

The Gerald Ratner Athletics Center opened up in 2003. The center comes equipped with a 50-meter x 25-yard Myers-McLoraine Swimming Pool, the Bernard DelGiorno Fitness Center, a multipurpose dance studio, competition and auxiliary gym, classroom and meeting room space, and permanent day lockers. The gym is a practice space for sports such as basketball and can seat almost 1,700 people.

2. International House

outside of the international house

The international house is one of 19 made worldwide. It is unique because of its gothic structure as well as amazing view of Lake Michigan. The international house was funded in 1932 and today serves as a residential living space for international students to live together. This makes it a great place to meet new friends and learn more about different cultures.

3. Joseph Bond Chapel

the stain glass of the chapel windows

The Joseph Bond Chapel is connected to swift hall, which is the Divinity School. The outside of the chapel is a unique gothic design and the inside has gorgeous stain glass paneling for its windows. This building serves as a peaceful place for reflection and prayer.

4. Joseph Regenstein Library

the outside of the library

The Joseph Regenstein Library is a crucial tool for students to use and has been since 1970. The library has Gothic architecture that can still be enjoyed to this day as well as boasts an impressive 7 stories. The building has access to plenty of different resources from textbooks, manuals, government documents, computers, study rooms, and even 3 atriums that can make a study time enjoyable with those in need of fresh air.

5. Joe and Rika Mansueto Library

the library's unique outside dome

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library has a unique glass dome structure, which is actually made of solar control glass. The structures unique look makes it an ample study area for students to visit and even show to their friends/family. The library has access to over 3.5 million volumes of information. The building was established in 2011.

6. Smart Museum of Art and Cochrane-Woods Art Center

outside of art center

The Cochrane-Woods Art Center serves as the home for the Department of Art History as well as the Smart Museum of Art. The Smart Museum has over 15,000 objects with free admission and is open to the public. The museum as well as the sculpture garden are both a great place to take any friends and family when they are visiting.

7. Max Palevsky Residential Commons

the outside of the residential commons

The Max Palevsky Residential Commons was completed in 2001. The housing complex has both single and double suites. There is a central mail room as well as even music practice rooms. You have access to lounge areas that make a great space to study with friends or just hang out.

8. Cobb Lecture Hall

When visiting the Cobb Lecture Hall you will be shocked by its Gothic style and its abundance of greenery surrounding the outside of the building. The inside of the building has been equipped with classrooms that have equipment such as TV monitors, projectors, and speakers/soundbars for optimal teaching. The lecture hall was newly renovated in 2018.

9. Oriental Institute

inside museum of the oriental institute

The building was completed in 1931. The building serves as a home for the Oriental museum and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. The institute has an impressive reading room that gives off an art deco style with unique window paneling and plenty of quiet for studying and research.

10. Robie House

outside of the Robie House

The Robie House has unique window paneling that has an artistic look with its intricate differing shapes and colors within the windows. The building serves as a historical landmark and museum. The building is open during most of the week except for major holidays and is a great place to visit.

The University of Chicago has plenty of various unique buildings to visit. The buildings were artfully designed with Gothic architecture. The variety of buildings ranges from libraries to study in, resident halls, and even museums to take friends and family.


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