NU in Chicago is a program that strives to better connect students with civic resources and experiential learning opportunities in the city of Chicago. The program was initially designed to serve as part of the orientation experience for incoming students each fall, but, as a result of student interest, the program has now expanded to offer year-round opportunities for all students.
NU in Chicago’s core program model centers on thematic, half-day trips into the city. Led by expert faculty, alumni, and community partners, these excursions help introduce students to key sites and lesser known assets across the city. While the programs are free, one-time excursions, they are designed to connect students to important civic assets and to provide on-ramps to further engagement.