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Chicago Relations

Working with city leaders to improve Chicago and advance Northwestern initiatives

The histories and destinies of Chicago and Northwestern are inextricably linked. The University has helped Chicago develop into a global city. The 2019 A.T. Kearney Global Cities Index ranks Chicago at #8 in the world, citing Chicago as “a global leader when it comes to talent because of opportunities in higher education and the growing number of international schools.” At the same time, Chicago provides Northwestern students and faculty with unparalleled opportunities to learn and grow and make significant impacts in their chosen fields of study.

Learn more about Northwestern in Chicago by reading Northwestern Now stories covering Chicago relations. Use the links below to learn about Northwestern's impact on Chicago, the Chicago campus and Northwestern's educational partnerships.

Northwestern supports the City of Chicago as it works to recover from the COVID pandemic. To learn more about the City’s recovery, please visit the City of Chicago's COVID-19 Recovery Task Force.

Northwestern is a global university at home in Chicago.

Northwestern’s presence in Chicago is a strategic advantage for the University and an economic anchor for the City of Chicago.

Partner in Education

Northwestern supports initiatives with Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago, and other institutions, focusing on scholarship, infrastructure, capacity building and community partnerships.

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The Chicago Campus

Northwestern University is a vibrant and dynamic institution within the city of Chicago. We are proud of the role the University plays in expanding Chicago's economy and serving the healthcare needs and bettering the lives of Chicagoans.

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