Right around the same time that French postcards were predicting lots of aerial and aquatic activities in the year 2000 as part of the 1900 Paris Worlds Fair, a German chocolate company decided to get in on the future-telling business with a crafty marketing campaign.
We have tours twice daily Monday through Saturday in the summer, as well as some larger open house-style programs on select Fridays (where, legend has it, we give out refreshing popsicles in addition to the tour and information session excitement).
We do allow walk ins but ask that if you can, to please register in advance online just so we know how many visitors to expect on a particular day (we don’t have a limit on how many people can visit; it just helps us know how many tour guides to have on hand.)
I just did a triathlon and wore the University of Chicago sunglasses I got while visiting while doing it and ended up getting my best time ever. Possibly a coincidence, possibly not. Are there any triathlons to do around UChicago?
This office can neither confirm nor deny the use of experimental sunglasses technology meant to augment the speed of people wearing our swag. And while I’ll be the first person to admit I know nothing about Triathlons, there appear to be a couple in Chicago annually, and many more in the far flung reaches of Illinois. Perhaps this site, can be of greater service to you.
Matt Rosenbaum came to my school yesterday! he's awesome.
Yay! Matt is awesome and, to be fair, the rest of us are awesome too— you can check out when we’ll be visiting your area of the country online here, https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/visiting/chicagovisitsyou.
I went to school at the University of Chicago. Which is—it was a very dark and dismal place, at the time that I was a student there. It’s a very good school, and a lot of smart people go there —we have a lot of Nobel prize winners— but it’s not a very fun place to attend. It’s on the south side of Chicago, it’s very cold and very wintery. And at the time that I was there, we didn’t even have a student center. There was a study that was commissioned by a group at Harvard, of the top 300 universities in the country, and they rated them according to various different criteria, like academic standards, and campus quality and social life. And we ranked 300 out of 300, right under the Naval Academy. It was just—the only social life occurred in the basement of the Regenstein library.
And then we had this one thing every year, which was the University of Chicago scavenger hunt, which was amazing. Everyone on campus participated for four days, in this thing, and they came out of their caves, and had an amazing time. And there were some great items on the scavenger hunt list for the University of Chicago. My girlfriend at the time was on another team —she was also a student there, she’s now my wife— and she came into my room one night and said “hey, hey Mi—” I was one of the few kids at school who had a car, and she said, “hey, can I borrow your car?” And I said, “why do you wanna borrow my car?” And she said, “well, I found a place up in Wisconsin that’s got some sheep.” Because one of the items on the scavenger hunt list was three live sheep. And I said, “oh, no, you cannot borrow my car to go pick up—” you know, it was a sedan, with upholstered seats, I don’t want her going to pick up sheep in it. She did end up waiting until I fell asleep and stealing the keys and taking my car anyway. And then the sheep spent the day in my car, unbeknownst to me. They didn’t even bother to lay newspaper down. They were just, uh, grinding their own feces into the seats, and chewing on the upholstery.
Other items on that scavenger hunt list that year were a Hooters waitress. So a team would have to acquire a Hooters waitress and bring them to the event. But my wife went and got a job at Hooters, got hired, got the wardrobe, and then, you know, showed up herself. She was good at this.
So anyway, I had a great time doing those scavenger hunts at school. And then I got on a TV show, and I built up something of a Twitter following, and found that people would kind of, strangely, do whatever I said. It gave me this incredible sense of power, and I think that I started to take advantage of it, and I combined these two things —people doing what I say and my love of scavenger hunts— and started this little experiment, which totally took off. We now have three Guinness World Records under our belt in two years, which is pretty good.
Some people seem to believe that the Cabal resents Misha Colins and his so-called “Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen”. Bah, we say. Do the organizers of the World’s Largest Scavenger Hunt resent the creation of the World’s Largest Media Scavenger Hunt? Does the mighty ox resent the gnat that lands upon his horn? Does the mighty ox even know what the heck a “Media Scavenger Hunt” is supposed to be anyways? Bah!
That said, anyone whose car has been ruined because his girlfriend filled it with sheep for Scav might be our kind of 10th male lead of Girl Interrupted.
The items he refers to are as follows:
1993.153: A ﬂock of live sheep (3 or more) with a fraternity member as a shepherd.(150 points + 15 bonus points if aforementioned shepherd is grinning and holding the items in #60)
1993.265: A Hooters waitress in full uniform (69 points)
(1993.60 is, by the way, “condoms in all colors of the rainbow”. If a photo exists of Castiel + Sheep + Feces Car + Rainbow Condoms, internet, don’t fail me now!)
Pursuant to our post of Scav’s world record certificate, a quote about the other world’s largest scavenger hunt.
Do you ever go on such an epic internet rant you just feel you’ve run out of words with which to hammer your enemies? Do you want to up your game without resorting to the tired tropes of excretion and sexual metaphors? Next time pull out these fancy insults and really class up the joint while you twist the dagger.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) becomes available on January 1, 2015 for students who will begin college in Fall 2015. (We need your parents’ most recent tax information to be able to give you an accurate financial aid package, which is why you have to wait a bit longer for the FAFSA). In the meantime, you can use our Net Price Calculator to get a sneak peek of what your UChicago aid package might look like.
We do have a marching band! the UChicago Pep Band, which is the oldest musical group in the University (though it didn’t exist between 1939 and 2009) has a pep band, marching band, and drum line. In addition there is a University Wind Ensemble and UC Brass Ensemble.
Hi I've been hearing a lot of bad things about the safety in Hyde Park. Can you maybe say something about that? Is it safe to walk home after dark around 10 or 11?
No two ways about it, Hyde Park is incredibly safe, both anecdotally and statistically. I’ve walked home alone late at night a bunch of times without ever feeling like I was in danger, but if you’d still rather not walk alone, you’ll almost never have to. The UCPD offers an umbrella service, which will provide an officer to escort you to your destination if you feel unsafe, and there’s an extensive blue light system that covers most of Hyde Park. In addition, one of the handiest UChicago programs is the NightRide shuttles, which run until the very early hours of the morning and are totally free for anyone with a Chicago ID. There’s basically nowhere in Hyde Park that isn’t within a block of some shuttle route, and you can download a handy app that will show you the location of every bus in real time as they go around their routes.