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Carthage in Chicago

Events & Seminars

Faculty, alumni, and guests will facilitate a variety of non-credit, optional weekend events that will enhance the students’ learning experience. These activities will include tours, lectures, trips to museums, performances, culinary explorations, and many other areas of interest.  


The listings below are included to serve as an example of the kind of programming offered to enhance the Carthage in Chicago experience.

Heart of Chicago Immersion Experience

Come join us on a 2 ½ hour walking narrative into Chicago’s history, culture, architecture and urban lore, a virtual immersion experience into everything that is Chicago. Guides from Walk Chicago Tours will take you on one of their trademark narrative journeys designed to be a comprehensive survey of the heart of downtown Chicago.

Sites visited will include Millennium Park, which includes the Pritzker Pavilion, the Crown Fountain, “the Bean,” and “Cloudgate.” Your guide will then escort you through the Chicago Cultural Center where you will experience the world’s most exquisite display of Louis Tiffany art glass and the world’s largest Tiffany glass dome.

Leaving the Cultural Center, you will journey through the downtown area to walk amongst The Loop’s architectural giants like Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the architectural masterpieces including the Rookery, City Hall and the Marquette Building.

Along the way, you will stop to appreciate downtown Chicago’s public art. You will come to appreciate The Loop as a virtual outdoor art museum enclosing the works of Picasso, Chagall, Miro, Dubuffet, and Alexander Calder, to name just a few.

Multicultural Chicago; Meeting Pilsen

Come join us on a 2 ½ hour walking narrative into the stories of the immigrant classes whose cultures have been fused and blended to make Chicago one of America’s most diverse cities. Stories are told through an intimate visit to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, the center of Chicago’s Latino Community, which is rich in art, music and architecture.

Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood is a virtual outdoor art museum. Over 400 outdoor narrative murals tell the story of the transition and adjustments of hundreds of thousands of immigrant Latinos to the world that is Chicago. Many of Pilsen’s iconic murals are the creations of renowned artists like Hector Duarte and Jeffrey Zimmerman. Each mural serves as a portal that brings the viewers closer to understanding the hardships and histories of immigrant classes.

In addition to an examination of Pilsen’s inspiring public art, your guide will tell the story of Pilsen’s founding by Czechoslovakian, Lithuanian and Polish immigrants who came to Chicago as early as 1870 to find their American dream. The influence of these Eastern European cultures are still plainly evident in the architecture which lines Pilsen’s streets and in the oldest surviving housing stock in the entire city of Chicago. Visits to churches clustered nearly on top of each other will further demonstrate the remnants of Pilsen’s European residents.

At the end of the day, your group will visit the National Museum of Mexican Art, the first Mexican museum and cultural center in the Midwest and the largest in America. Its collection of fine art, folk art, and artifacts from ancient Mayan and Aztecan empires is considered one of Chicago’s greatest cultural treasures.

The tour will conclude with lunch options among dozens of very affordable Latino restaurants along 18th Street, the heart of Pilsen. The aromas and music up and down the street are truly irresistible.

About Walk Chicago Tours
According to, Walk Chicago Tours is one of the top ten highest rated tour services in Chicago. It has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and on CBS and ABC local news. Midwest Living Magazine travel writers have called its tours “ a spicy blend of history, politics, city legends and urban lore….a story on every corner.” For further details about the attractions on either tour, please visit


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    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

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    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

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    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running: 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

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    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …