Saturday, November 5

Columbia College Chicago pulses with a collaborative, creative energy unlike any other college out there. We invite you to immerse yourself in our community of original voices during our Fall Open House. We have a feeling you’ll like what you see (and hear).

Walk around campus, check out classrooms, and picture yourself exploring your passions in our studios, theaters and labs. Tour our contemporary residence halls; ask questions of our faculty of professional artists, communicators and entrepreneurs; and meet our talented students who truly love what they do.


Sign-up for Fall Open House begins in September.

Can’t make it?

You have other options. Get a feel for what life’s like at Columbia by taking a campus tour, given year-round by current students. Attend one of our regional information sessions to hear about Columbia’s approach to education. Or, visit Columbia from the comfort of your home by taking a virtual walking tour of campus.

Check out for more information about these opportunities.

Quick Facts

When and where: On Saturday, April 2, Open House kicks off with Welcome Sessions at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress Parkway). Doors open 30 minutes prior to each session. Don't be put off by a long line—it'll move quickly and there's plenty of space for all of our guests.

Parking: There are many parking lots in the South Loop—several located on Wabash Avenue, very close to the Auditorium Theatre. Come early to make sure you get a good spot. Parking in the area can range from $10 to $25+, and weekend rates may vary. We do not recommend parking on the street.

Food: We’ll serve lunch beginning at 11 a.m. Check the program for locations.


1. What will I be able to see during Open House?

At the Welcome Session, we will provide you with an Open House program detailing the day's events. All of our facilities will be open for viewing, including our classrooms, labs, library, residence centers, galleries, theaters, rehearsal rooms and other student spaces. Each academic department will host faculty-led presentations, and representatives from all of our student support services will be present.

2. How long will Open House last?

The Welcome Session lasts 45 minutes. After the Welcome Session, you're free to plan your own day. Information sessions and departmental visits will take place on a rolling basis throughout the day, wrapping up at 3 p.m.

3. Is it possible to bring family, siblings and friends?

Yes. We welcome everyone to attend. If you are planning to bring a group of more than six, please contact Ania Greiner at 312.369.7034 or

4. Where can I buy Columbia College Chicago apparel and gifts?

Our bookstore (624 S. Michigan Ave., first floor) has all sorts of Columbia-related apparel and gifts. All Open House guests will receive a coupon in their programs for the bookstore. ShopColumbia (623 S. Wabash Ave., first floor), our student art boutique, is a great place to browse student-produced work.