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Harper Center

In a city known for its architecture, the Charles M. Harper Center fits right in. Designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly, Chicago Booth's Hyde Park campus is one of the most sophisticated business schools ever built. With students, faculty, and staff all under one glass roof, the building helps foster a vibrant and tightly-knit community. What will you find at Harper Center?

  • 11 classrooms with state-of-the-art technology
  • 31 group study rooms with plasma screens that you can connect to your computer
  • A 3,500-square-foot student lounge with pool tables and a large-screen television
  • Four outdoor terraces for relaxing
  • One gourmet cafe with everything from sushi to sandwiches
  • Over 50 workstations, five printers, a scanner, and two Bloomberg terminals in the computer lab
  • 80 carrels in a quiet study room
  • A locker for each student that can hold a suit
  • A business center with services for copying and print, FedEx, and other overnight delivery, and US mail, as well as poster and banner production
  • A six-story atrium where people meet to study or chat between classes
Hyde Park
Hyde Park

Chicago Booth and the University of Chicago are located in historic Hyde Park. First settled in the 1850s, the area is filled with tree-lined streets, cozy restaurants, eclectic shops, and some of the city’s best-loved bookstores. The beach and the Museum of Science and Industry are just blocks away, and downtown Chicago is a quick commute by car or public transit. President Obama’s house is in Hyde Park and one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces – Robie House – is across the street from Harper Center.  

The University of Chicago itself offers a full range of recreational facilities and social activities to take advantage of, including:

  • Gerald Ratner Athletics Center, a $51 million state-of-the-art athletics facility, with a competition gymnasium, a multilevel fitness facility, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a multipurpose dance studio and meeting room space
  • Oriental Institute, an internationally-renowned archaeology museum, which houses artifacts from the ancient Near East, and includes a monumental statue of King Tut
  • Doc films, the oldest student-run film society in the country, which screens a different film every night of the week, including some sneak peeks attended by the actors, directors, and producers
  • An Olympic-sized skating rink located on the Midway Plaisance, the old fairgrounds for the 1892 Columbian World's Exposition
  • Court Theater, "A shining example of what American theater can and should hope to be,” according to the Wall Street Journal, where you can view the best in classic theater
  • Reynolds Club, the student center, where you can get a haircut; see a student play; hang out at Hallowed Grounds, the coffee shop; or get a $1 milkshake on Wednesdays