Phi Beta Kappa named Chicago as its first Arts & Sciences City of Distinction on May 10, 2016. The award showcases metropolitan areas with exceptional artistic vitality, cultural vibrancy and scientific engagement.
Phi Beta Kappa hosted an awards reception recognizing the innovative efforts of the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and four exemplary local organizations that build creative exchanges with new and diverse audiences in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences or mathematics. These organizations include:
The University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Life Initiative engages artists, South Side community organizations, youth, adults, and University of Chicago students, faculty and staff in conversation and exchange around the arts.
Math Circles of Chicago provides free, after school math enrichment programs for students in grades 5-12 in all Chicago communities, offering opportunities to experience mathematics in novel ways and develop a lifelong love of mathematics learning.
The Odyssey Project is a free, 36-week college-credit granting humanities program for income-eligible Chicagoans with limited access to higher education, offered in conjunction with the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities.
Northwestern University’s Science in Society shares scientific discoveries and engages the public with science in wide-ranging, community-centered ways, including a Science Club mentoring program, Helix Magazine of scientific research, and Science Explorers tutoring program.