As a University of Chicago alum and (unpublished as of yet) YA writer, I'm always excited to hear about YA projects from fellow graduates. I just started reading Swati Avasthi's Split, a BFYA nominee, and noticed that part of the book is set in Hyde Park. Either Avasthi grew up in Hyde Park or she attended the University. Not to rag on Hyde Park (I lived there for 8 years and love it) but it's sort of unlikely that you would know it well enough to write about it without having some connection to the U of C. Sure enough, I just visited Avasthi's website and lo and behold, she received her B.A. from the U of C.
Recently, there was an article in the alumni magazine about Stephen Barbara (A.B. '02), literary agent at Foundry, getting some pretty sweet book deals for fellow alums Lauren Oliver (her pen name) and Leila Sales. Oliver's book has already spent 2 weeks on the New York Times Best-seller list, while Sales's book won't be out until the fall. There's also Anna Jarzab, whose debut YA novel All the Unquiet Things came out a few months ago; she received her Master's from the U of C.
I wonder if there are more YA authors who graduated from the University of Chicago. I'll try not to become insanely jealous of all of them.