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Chicago Campus

The question isn’t “What will I do?” It’s more like, “What won’t I do?”

As you walk to class in the shade of towering buildings, you’ll be reminded that the sky truly is the limit. Located in Chicago's downtown Loop, Roosevelt University is always a short walk from the splendor of Lake Michigan, as well as numerous world-class attractions, cultural centers, restaurants, recreation, and events.

Also, students studying at Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago find themselves surrounded by academia. Amongst the bustling metropolis exists a colossal community of learning called the “South Loop Educational Corridor,” which comprises Roosevelt, DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, Robert Morris University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

A Strong Foundation – The buildings of Roosevelt’s Chicago Campus

Located at 430 S. Michigan Ave., the Auditorium Building is the heart of Roosevelt University’s Chicago Campus. The building houses classrooms, performance spaces and academic program offerings, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, student services, academic resources and the Murray-Green library. Erected in 1889 and declared a national historic landmark in 1975, this iconic, multipurpose structure was masterfully designed by architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler – with help from their apprentice draftsman, Frank Lloyd Wright. Though it’s since been surpassed by the impressive skyscrapers of the 20th century, when completed, it was the tallest building in Chicago and largest in the United States, standing 270 feet high. This architectural treasure is a paradigm of the Chicago School, featuring a steel frame, lightweight terra-cotta exterior, the distinctive three-part “Chicago window,” ornate iron staircases, and embellishments of stained glass and carved mahogany.

Within this architectural treasure, you’ll find the University’s spectacular Auditorium Theatre – a perfect combination of Adler’s incomparable triumph of acoustic engineering and Sullivan’s signature theory of “form follows function.” With the wide-sweeping curves of its arched proscenium and flourishing ivory and gold ornamentation, this elegant hall boasts a capacity of nearly 4,000 seats, yet it still inhabits less than half of the 400,000 square foot Auditorium Building. The Auditorium Theatre remains committed to offering Chicago the best in international, cultural and community programming, hosting a range of performances including the Joffrey, Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; select Broadway musicals; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Bruce Springsteen; and Bob Dylan.

Roosevelt University’s Gage Building – another Sullivan masterpiece – is just across the street from Chicago’s world-renowned sculpture, Cloud Gate – also known as “The Bean.” The historic building accommodates the College of Education and the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies, as well as programs in psychology, information technology, communication, paralegal studies and the Gage Gallery. Approximately four blocks north of the Auditorium Building, the Gage Building features computer labs, multimedia and film editing resources, student lounges on each floor, the Torch student newspaper office, and The Blaze (WRBC) – Roosevelt’s student-run streaming radio station.

Roosevelt University's Wabash Building - the dramatic structure located immediately next to the Auditorium building, is known as the "vertical campus" due to the many purposes it serves. This impressive architectural masterpiece, opened in 2012, houses the offices of admission, registrar and financial aid, with the first five floors dedicated to student services and student life activities. Floors six through 13 house state of the art academic classrooms, office and laboratories. Floors 14 through 31 feature upscale residential space for students with unobstructed views of Lake Michigan.

The Wabash Dance Studios opened in January 2014. The 13,000-square-foot facility, where musical theatre undergraduates are being prepared for professional theatre careers, is part of the Theatre Conservatory at Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) and is the newest addition to Roosevelt’s Chicago Campus.

The Lillian and Larry Goodman Center opened December 2012. Located at 501 S. Wabash Avenue, which is the southeast corner of the prominent intersection known as Congress Parkway and Wabash Avenue, the Goodman Center is a two-story, 27,834-gross-square-foot field house featuring a multi-purpose gymnasium on the second floor and first-floor space containing offices, meeting rooms, a team lounge, locker rooms, an athletic training room and a strength and conditioning center.

Find out more information about living on campus and engaging in a unique student community experience at Residence Life.

Campus Safety

Auditorium Building and Wabash Building
Michigan Avenue Lobby and Wabash Lobby
Ph: (312) 341-2020

Services available:

Dining Center and Snack Shop

The Dining Center is located in the Wabash Building, 2nd floor. 

Vending machines offering snacks and drinks are located throughout the buildings.

RU Caffeinated is located in the Auditorium Building Michigan Avenue Lobby

Monday - Thursday 7:30am - 6:30pm
Friday 7:30am - 1:00pm
Saturday 8:30am - 1:00pm
Hours subject to change and vary during the year

Open to faculty, students and staff. Service and dining options include:

  • Sandwiches, salads and soup
  • Tea, soda and bottled drinks
  • Locally roasted metropolis coffee, featuring "Roosevelt Blend" roast
  • Locally baked pastries from Blue Sky Bakery

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Chicago Campus News

  • College of Education to launch new bachelor's degree program in child care
    October 8, 2015
    Information sessions on the new program will be held on Oct. 22 at Harold Washington College in Chicago and on Oct. 28 at Harper College in Palatine. 
  • October 8, 2015
    One of the nation’s federal chief judges visited Roosevelt University to talk about the Magna Carta as an inspiration for an ongoing commitment to due process in the United States justice system. 
  • October 5, 2015
    A Broadway dancer, a Roosevelt University theatre alumna with expertise in Shakespeare and a veteran actor of the Chicago stage are teaching and directing productions with Roosevelt's Theatre Conservatory this academic year.  
  • Real estate student wins inaugural scholarship from NAIOP
    October 1, 2015
    Jamila Danzy became interested in working to stabilize and improve distressed neighborhoods after witnessing first-hand how gentrification can tear neighborhoods apart. Now she is the winner of a prestigious real estate scholarship from NAIOP.
  • Theatre Conservatory marks centennial of Easter Rising on Oct. 23-25
    October 1, 2015
    One hundred years after Ireland's famed Easter Rising rebellion, the Theatre Conservatory will stage Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars on Oct. 23-25 at O'Malley Theatre.
  • Roosevelt experience sparks winning advocacy work in Springfield
    September 25, 2015

    Roosevelt University drug-policy researcher Kathleen Kane-Willis and 2007 Roosevelt Integrated Marketing Communication alumna Chelsea Laliberte recently led a citizen's initiative that convinced state lawmakers to override Governor Bruce Rauner's amendatory veto of the Heroin Crisis Act. It was the first veto override of the current ongoing legislative session and an example of advocacy in action. 


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