Chicago, a city defined by its diversity of people and places, offers many cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities. It is a cosmopolitan, world-class city of approximately seven million people with a rich architectural tradition and renowned cultural institutions such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Aquarium, Field Museum, Planetarium, and the Art Institute. Chicago is a hub for medical activities and educational opportunities. Prestigious organizations such as the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and many professional societies and specialty boards are headquartered in the metropolitan area. The city offers the outdoor recreation of its many neighborhood parks and beaches along with fishing and yachting on Lake Michigan. For spectators, the famous Chicago Bulls, Bears, White Sox, Cubs, and Blackhawks provide hometown excitement.
The College of Medicine
The College of Medicine is the largest medical school in the United States. It offers medical education at four geographic sites: Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana. The Univeristy of Illinois Medical Center is located in the middle of the Illinois Medical District.
The University of Illinois at Chicago
The UIC Medical School (“West Campus”) is located two miles from downtown. Housing is affordable in the immediate vicinity of campus. Many students live on campus or within walking distance, although some prefer the cultural opportunities of other neighbourhoods. Excellent rail and bus public transportation service the campus from all parts of the city and suburbs.
UIC is the largest institution of higher learning in the Chicago area and major center for international education and research. The 187-acre campus established in 1982 by a merger of the University’s Chicago Circle and Medical Center campuses, is located just one mile southwest of downtown Chicago. It is considered one of the largest and the finest comprehensive research universities in the nation. Research funding granted to UIC faculty, usually through competitive grant programs, has grown at an average annual rate of 15 percent over the past decade. UIC enrolls approximately 25,000 full-time students, and nearly 30 percent of the enrollment is at the graduate and professional levels.