Happy Holidays from the Student Recruitment and Global Outreach (SRGO) team at Harris!

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy will be closed December 24, 2021—January 2, 2022, and your Admissions team will have limited access to email during that time. Before we leave for the break, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite ways to celebrate winter in Chicago.

Chicago in the winter
Chicago in the Winter
Holiday lights
Holiday lights

“Visiting the Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier. My kids' eyes light up when they see all the beautiful lights and decorations.”

Sparkle Dalphinis, Associate Director, Student Recruitment

“Going to pick out a tree with my family at Gethsemane Garden Center.”

Ranjan Daniels, Senior Associate Dean, Student Recruitment and Global Outreach
toys for tots
Blake Edwards in the Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade

“Riding in the Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade— a charity event that collects toys for less fortunate children. I’ve been riding since 2006.”

Blake Edwards, Associate Director, Marketing and Communications, Student Recruitment and Global Outreach

“Driving through the Morton Arboretum light show with the family.”

Jenny Erickson, Senior Director of Enrollment Management & Marketing Strategy

“Visiting the Gallagher Way Christkindl Market in Wrigleyville.”

Jessica Gagle, Director, Student Recruitment, Evening Master’s Program
greenhouse with plants
Botanic garden

“Stopping by the Chicago Botanic Garden, which is extra beautiful in the winter.”

Rebecca Hou, Assistant Director of Student Recruitment

“Checking out some of the many pop-up restaurants and bars around Chicago.”

Andie Ingram Eccles, Assistant Director, Student Recruitment and International Partnerships
snowy gate at uchicago
UChicago in the winter

“Walking UChicago campus and seeing the beautiful lights, especially when it snows.”

Derek Kennedy, Assistant Director of Student Recruitment

“People-watching from the window of Starbucks on Michigan Avenue.”

Shilin Liu, Senior Director, International Partnerships & Executive Education

“Checking out the Lincoln Park ZooLights.”

Elaina Mack, Associate Director for Recruitment Operations and Marketing
christkindl market
Christkindl Market

“Visiting the Christkindl Market. I recommend going on the weekdays when it’s less crowded.”

Samantha N. Yi, Associate Director of Recruitment and Outreach Management

“When I was in Chicago as a student, I enjoyed eating lots of good food and watching the snow fall.”

Sakshi Parihar, Assistant Director of Programs, International Partnerships & Executive Education
ice skating
Ice skating

“I only recently realized I love ice skating. There’s free skating at Millennium Park and I’ve been meaning to check it out.”

Samantha Schmidt, Project Coordinator, Recruitment Marketing

“Hanging out near the fireplace in the UChicago Athletic Association lounge.”

Kyle Weiner, Assistant Director, Marketing Strategy