Staying Safe

Security Alert: Sunday, May 31, 2020

As cities nationwide contend with a range of safety challenges, the University has been monitoring and responding to incidents in our area. 

Beginning at noon on Sunday May 31st, CPD and UCPD have responded to multiple incidents of vandalism and looting that have impacted several businesses on the 53rd street corridor as well the corner of 55th and Lake Park.  In addition, police have received one report of a robbery occurring off-campus in the 5600 Block of Lake Park and a battery under the 57thstreet Metra viaduct.  The Chicago Police Department and the University of Chicago Police have increased their presence in the area and are working collaboratively to address the reported incidents.  If at all possible, please avoid this area until city authorities have determined the area is safe.  Please remember that the City of Chicago has enacted a temporary curfew that begins at 9pm each evening through 6am each morning.  At this time, there have not been any reported incidents occurring on-campus.

Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Familiarize yourself with the location of the University’s emergency phones. If you see suspicious activity, please report it immediately to police by activating an emergency phone or by calling the UCPD when you get to a safe location. Use the UCPD’s Safety Escort Program and when possible use public transportation. Visit the Department of Safety & Security’s website for more information about safety and security at the University of Chicago. 


  • If you have any information related to this incident or if you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the Chicago Police Department (911) or the University of Chicago Police Department – 123 from a University phone or 773.702.8181 from other phones.
  • More safety and security information is available at safety-security.uchicago.edu.
  • Security alerts are issued by email and posted to the Department of Safety & Security’s website when an incident occurs that should be brought to the immediate attention of the University community. Security alerts are based on information reported to the University of Chicago Police Department. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the security alert was issued.
  • Physical descriptions of a suspect, including race, are included in security alerts only when they provide several details that might help distinguish the suspect's appearance from the general population.

Comments or suggestions about security-related issues should be directed to: ucpd-pio@uchicago.edu.

PLEASE NOTE: The University of Chicago Police Department patrol area boundaries are 37th Street on the north to 65th Street on the south/Cottage Grove Avenue to Lake Shore Drive (39th Street to 60thStreet)/Evans Avenue to Stony Island Avenue (61st Street to 64th Street)/65th Street (Ellis Avenue to University Avenue).