North Park University is located on the North Side of Chicago, in the Albany Park and North Park neighborhoods. The earliest archived photos show fields, dirt roads, and few houses near our campus. Chicago has changed dramatically since we moved into the neighborhood in the late 1890s, and we’ve intentionally stayed in place, growing with the new opportunities that our vibrant city provides.
We find ourselves in one of the most diverse zip codes in the nation, and we welcome our neighbors onto our campus and also reach out to serve and learn from them. Through engaging our neighborhood and city, we enrich our campus life and build important connections to the diverse people of Chicago whose roots extend around the globe.
Whether you commute or live on campus, studying at North Park will help you be immersed in Chicago: you’ll walk through local neighborhoods, hop on buses or trains to explore the city, and participate in learning opportunities at both local and national businesses and nonprofit organizations. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of our neighborhood, balanced with the unique experiences that come with close-knit community life.
Chicago is your classroom, and all Chicagoans are your teachers.
Whether you live on campus or are a commuter student, you’ll find many other North Parkers that share your many interests, from science clubs to student government to cultural organizations to volunteering in outreach programs. We also have NCAA Division III athletic teams for both men and women. Participating in these extracurricular activities can help you learn more about yourself and what you want to do. Find out what student clubs and activities we offer.
The University is urban by choice, valuing the multifaceted community that our neighborhoods and city offer. Albany Park is in one of the most diverse zip codes in the nation, with dozens of languages spoken in homes, a wide range of religions, and more local, authentic ethnic restaurants than you can count. Explore Albany Park and North Park.
Simply put: Chicago is an excellent place to go to college. Not only is it a destination for culture, dining, sports, and year-round entertainment, it offers learning, research, internship, and service opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. At North Park, we’ll encourage you to explore our surroundings, take advantage of these great benefits, and find your place in a world-class city. Check out what Chicago has to offer you.