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About Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a vibrant city with a promising future and a rich past. Among its many strengths, Philadelphia has a wealth of history, culture and recreation.

University City

The CHOP Main Campus is in the section of West Philadelphia known as University City. The Hospital's proximity to and affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania offers access to excellent professional resources, including outstanding libraries and laboratories, as well as the University's numerous athletic facilities, museums and theater programs.

University City is a large, culturally dynamic neighborhood of Victorian townhouses, apartment buildings and commercial areas, convenient to both center city Philadelphia and the city's many suburban communities. Children's Hospital is less than 15 minutes from Philadelphia's downtown restaurant and shopping districts, its large recreational parks and a revitalized waterfront area.


The Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the nation’s largest art museums, exhibits creative works from the past 2,000 years. Monthly open houses during “First Friday” celebrations display the work of contemporary artists in the thriving gallery community. Tours through Old City visit numerous historical landmarks, such as the Betsy Ross House, Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

Philadelphia boasts the largest urban park in the world, Fairmount Park, which maintains more than 100 miles of trails for running, cycling and riding. The park is also home to historic landmarks, sculptures, theatres and the Philadelphia Zoo. Boat rentals are available on the Schuylkill River, which is also the site of Boathouse Row, one of Philadelphia’s most recognizable landmarks.


Enthusiasm runs high throughout the city for the Eagles, Phillies, 76ers and Flyers. There are many opportunities to cheer on the city’s professional sports teams. Even those who are not interested in the on-field activity enjoy attending games in the newly constructed baseball and football stadiums.


Sports are not the only option for nighttime entertainment; performances such as musicals, comedies, dramas, opera and ballet are offered by Philadelphia theatres, the Kimmel Center and the Academy of Music. Philadelphia is also home to a thriving community of musicians and music lovers, many venues throughout the city host small concerts as well as large musical acts, who count Philadelphia as an important stop on their tours.


Dining is another feature that distinguishes Philadelphia, one of the premier dining destinations in the United States. Cuisine from around the world is available in Philadelphia’s restaurants. Exciting options can be found for every palate.


Numerous transportation options are available for Philadelphians. Residents can travel by foot, bike, taxi, personal automobile or public transportation. Philadelphia's public transportation system, SEPTA, enables residents to get to almost any neighborhood in and around the city by bus, trolley or train.

Surrounding areas

Philadelphia’s location is ideal for traveling for business and pleasure. The Philadelphia International Airport is accessible by train or a short car or taxi ride from Center City. Philadelphia is also a short drive from the Pocono mountains, Amish farmland in Lancaster County, Atlantic City, Jersey shore points, Boston, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York City.

To learn more about visiting, living and working in the region, explore any of the links below.

Visiting Philadelphia

Traffic information

Weather information

Living in Philadelphia

The Surrounding region

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