Our Campus: An Urban Oasis
North Park University’s campus is located within a diverse urban neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago, and is easily accessible by car or public transportation. However, it also features ample green space and the North Branch of the Chicago River. It’s not a closed campus: you’ll see our neighbors and students from local public schools walking through campus, and we’ll encourage you to venture off campus and throughout the city. You’ll hear the traffic on Foster Avenue and encounter a world’s worth of people as you explore our neighborhood.
Some of our buildings have been around since North Park’s founding (Old Main was constructed in 1893), while others were added as our campus and programs grew. Over the years, even our housing options have expanded to include Chicago apartment buildings in the neighborhood surrounding our campus. Today, our campus includes a state-of-the-art recreation center, an expansive library, and a new center for science and community life, opening in Fall 2014.
Living on Campus
Whether you commute or live on campus, you have access to all the campus resources we offer. But living on campus can make it even more convenient to get to class, meet with your study group in the library, explore the city with your cultural club, or just hang out with new friends. The experience is about more than just having a place to sleep and study (though both are definitely important); your neighbors can help you learn valuable things about yourself and about interacting with people whose backgrounds and stories are different from your own. Explore our campus housing options.
We know that three meals a day are important to both student happiness and success in the classroom. North Park offers comfortable and convenient dining options right on campus. Our newly-renovated campus dining hall serves three meals every day, with vegetarian-friendly fare and the capability to meet other special dietary needs. Viking Café is open all day, providing coffee, snacks, sandwiches, and other light meal options. The new Johnson Center for Science and Community Life will include a dining location as well. Learn more about campus dining options.
Our neighborhood also offers innumerable restaurants within walking distance or a short public transit ride away. We’ve collected a list of some of our favorites, along with some iconic Chicago eateries.