The most recent issue of the University of Chicago Magazine has a wonderful article about UChicago students interning at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. UChicago and the MBL became officially affiliated in 2013.
What are Borges, Heidegger and Jane Austen up to now?
We’re loving the new series of illustrations at The Paris Review.
Never have I felt so smart as when linking to the Paris Review.
It’s no problem at all! Visiting campus is fun and informative, but by no means necessary— we know it’s not possible for many students to be able to make it out to Chicago to visit. The act of having visited campus is not something that will advantage/disadvantage students in our admissions process. It also sounds like you’re taking advantage of a lot of ways to learn more in your area— for other students who might not be able to visit, feel free to check out times when we’ll be in your area online here (we’re all setting our schedules for fall travel now, so check back frequently and don’t worry if we don’t have something listed in your town or state just yet!)
Imagined Conversations from Bygone Times
"And there you will see the University of Chicago’s cloning facility, which produces a steady supply of numbered, identical clones, of which I am number 1935. Continue this way to view the Giga-Laser!"
We’re on The Facebook! We had to wait for them to expand into our college network, but now that we have the invite we can finally move our profile over from friendster!
Passengers in the observation car on the Hiawatha speed towards Chicago from Milwaukee , 1952.
This looks like a still from Mad Men, but, like, in the future.
A Photographic Tour of Sherlock’s London
To fans of the novels and the BBC series, the locations featured in the Sherlock Holmes stories are almost as iconic as the characters themselves.
The most famous of all is 221B Baker Street, the home of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Although London’s official Holmes museum now bears that number, the address was completely fictional when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published the first “Sherlock” novel in 1887—building numbers on Baker Street did not yet extend that high. The flat shown on the British television show is actually located on the much-quieter North Gower Street, near Euston station.
Next door to Sherlock’s imaginary home is Speedy’s Cafe, a frequent filming spot for actors Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Martin Freeman (Watson). Speedy’s is a real restaurant and a destination site for super-fans—they even have a Sherlock-themed wrap on the menu. Another notable filming location for the television series is St. Bart’s Hospital in Smithfield, the oldest hospital in Europe and backdrop for Sherlock’s final showdown with arch-nemesis Moriarty.
Instagram, thank you. Thank you for this.
Absolutely! You are welcome to upload a brief example of your creative work (art, music, writing, etc) to your UChicago Account under the header “Supplemental material”. We’re happy to receive this material, but do try and keep it a succinct representation of your work— say, instead of your whole novel, your best short story.
For you New Yorkers out there, or just anybody who wants to hear more about life in the Second City, our admissions counselor for NYC wrote a companion post to our “Chicagoan in Chicago” blog post from earlier in the summer. Go out and read it!
Two photos taken from Lake Shore Drive at Belmont, looking south, 1951, Chicago.
Notice the three wide parallel lines that run along the drive. These were called “fins” and could be hydraulically raised or lowered depending on the time of day to regulate traffic patterns.
The first photo was taken between 6:30-9:30 am. One fin would be raised, creating 2 lanes of north bound traffic and 6 (!) lanes of south bound traffic.
The second photo was taken between 4 and 7 pm, showing 6 lanes designated as north bound (with three “express” lanes in the center) and 2 lanes as south bound.
During non-rush hour traffic, only one fin would be raised in the center, creating 4 north bound and 4 south bound lanes - the permanent configuration we have today.
I imagine this had the potential of creating chaos as the fins appeared or disappeared, but there are many mornings during my standstill commute downtown that I wish this was still in practice!
Maybe civil engineering experiments aren’t cool to everyone, but they’re cool to me!
Alana E. of Holliday, TX sent in this awesome Nobel Prize, awarded to Alfred Nobel for his awesome dancing skillz. Dance, Alfred! Dance!!
Finely titled & gorgeously designed book of poetry coming next month from Alien vs. Predator author/UChicago grad/mad genius michaelrobbinspoet.
Dang that cover is pretty sweet.
Class of 2017 student Destiny Reeves drew this adorable comic about the long late summer of a UChicago student. Lo, the trials of the quarter system!
Thanks! We’re glad we can add some fun to the stressful college application process.