Advancing the future of cities.
Enriching urban life.

The UChicago Urban Network is changing how the world thinks about cities through data-driven science, fundamental ideas, innovative policy solutions and immersive community engagement

Study: How poverty, education and immigration status impact urban health outcomes

Extreme poverty and low educational attainment impact health outcomes nationwide. In Chicago, more than 65% of premature mortality was associated with social determinants of health alone.

Analysis: Where COVID-19 testing lags community need

Health insurance, immigration status are among the strongest indicators of community-based COVID-19 infection and mortality rates, as they directly correlate to barriers in testing and care

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Our Mission

With billions of people currently residing in urban areas around the world, and billions more projected to migrate to cities in the decades ahead, examining and improving urban life has never been more critical. As a global leader in urban research and impact, the University of Chicago is confronting the most significant problems cities face through rigorous scholarship and engaged practice, focused on economic development and infrastructure, public safety, public health, education, equity, and environmental sustainability.

UChicago Urban Network Members

Leaders in Scholarship & Practice

Units, Centers & Initiatives

The UChicago Urban Network brings together more than 20 schools, centers and initiatives from across campus to promote the urban ideas and programs transforming Chicago and the future of cities around the world.

UChicago Urban Network Faculty

Urban Experts


Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation; leader of the Million Neighborhoods Map Project


Project Director, Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention


Legal scholar and expert in civilian police oversight and accountability


Director, Program on the Global Environment; Senior lecturer, Environmental and Urban Studies

UChicago Urban Network


EVENT RECAP: Racism as a Public Education Crisis: Improving Equity Post-COVID 19

EVENT RECAP: Why improving vaccine access is key to addressing public health disparities

EVENT RECAP: Why racism is a public health crisis

EVENT: Why urban schools could benefit from more mental health staff, teachers of color

EVENT RECAP: In an unequal America, what should public safety look like?

UChicago Urban Network in the News

Efforts to Address Health Disparities Can’t Stop in Post-Pandemic World, Experts Say


Source: WTTW

Topics: COVID-19, Public Health, Urban Network Event

Adding social determinants gives public health maps a sense of place and time


Source: STAT News

Topics: COVID-19, Public Health

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