Arts & Culture

Get inspired by the electricity and energy of the Chicago arts scene. As a student, you can explore museums, concert venues and theaters downtown — or take in a show right here at Roosevelt.

Performing and Visual Arts

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Music, Theatre and Dance

The Chicago College of Performing Arts is home to world-class music and theatre conservatories. You can attend hundreds of free shows from our students and artist faculty. Catch performances from the Grammywinning artists, Broadway sensations and opera stars who also teach our classes.

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The Auditorium Theatre

Built by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, the historic Auditorium Theatre is one of Chicago’s architectural gems. Students can watch a Broadway musical or see a concert without leaving campus. Recent headliners include Chance the Rapper, Death Cab for Cutie and author David Sedaris.

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The Gage Gallery

The Gage Gallery showcases documentary photography from internationally known and emerging artists. Exhibitions address the big social issues of our time through photos. In recent shows, artists explored immigration, civil rights and urban sustainability. Did You Know? Roosevelt offers art electives that could apply towards your degree.


Music & Theatre


Nationally & Internationally Recognized Faculty


Music & Theatre Performances Each Year

A Vibrant Cultural Community

At Roosevelt, you’re at the center of Chicago’s museum and theatre districts. Get out there and explore. You and your classmates can enjoy performances at the city’s most recognized cultural centers.

Roosevelt also hosts events to celebrate our inclusive community, as diverse and unique as Chicago itself. You can learn the rumba during Hispanic Heritage Month or study African American spirituals with guest artists.

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