Columbia College Chicago is a vibrant campus where creativity and expression are celebrated. With everything from student performances to guest lectures to art exhibits, there truly is something for everyone. View the full list of events on Engage, our student portal.
Performing Arts Centers
Columbia College Chicago offers superb centers of dance, music and theatre in the heart of our South Loop campus. Students in these disciplines learn and perfect their crafts on these stages, and world-renowned dancers, musicians and actors regularly appear in our performing arts centers as well.
1014 S. Michigan Ave.The Music Department’s hands-on approach comes to life in the Music Center, with more than 400 student, faculty and guest artist-in-residence performances and workshops each year. Located across from Grant Park on Michigan Avenue, this intimate 148-seat venue provides the perfect setting for students to experience the art of music performance up close. The Music Center presents more than 200 concerts each year, by professional and student performers alike. All concerts are free to Columbia students, providing countless opportunities to learn from world-class performances and perform in industry-standard facilities.Read More
72 East 11th St.The Theatre Center offers a dynamic hub for live performance on campus and is a lively part of Chicago’s artistic scene. The Center’s four performance venues incorporate student talent in everything from acting to set design. Each season includes student productions and Mainstage productions, directed by department faculty and professional guest artists.Read More
Galleries and Museums
The Galleries of Columbia College Chicago, including project rooms, galleries and a museum, provide diverse perspectives on art, design, media, and culture from Chicago and beyond. This network of exhibition spaces serves students, the college community, and local, national and international audiences.
33 E Congress Pkwycolum.edu/c33
Located on the bustling corner of Congress Parkway and Wabash Ave, C33 Gallery serves as an art gallery and meeting place for students. With its distinctive storefront windows, C33 is ideal for non-traditional media and site-specific installation.
Fashion Studies Exhibition Windows
618 S Michigan Avecolum.edu/fashion
The windows and lobby at 618 S. Michigan Ave. display curated fashion exhibitions throughout the academic year that spotlight student designs, faculty work, senior thesis collections and selections from the Fashion Study Collection. Fashion Studies students and faculty also design, curate and install the 33 E. Congress windows.
Glass Curtain Gallery
1104 S Wabash, 1st Floorcolum.edu/glasscurtain
Located in the historic Ludington building, the renowned Glass Curtain Gallery exhibits emerging and mid-career, national and international artists in all media. The gallery presents museum-quality exhibitions, workshops and visiting artist lectures, all of which help to create a dialogue essential to the development and growth of students within the arts.
623 S Wabash Ave, 1st Floorcolum.edu/hokin
The Hokin Project, an arts management practicum course, provides gallery management, exhibition, curatorial and design experience for students of all majors. The Project presents the work of the Columbia College Chicago community through programs, events and exhibitions.
Launched in 2010, the Hokin Project is a student-run collaboration of the Arts, Entertainment & Media Management Department (AEMM) and Student Affairs / Department of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces (DEPS).
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S Michigan Avemocp.org
The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to the medium of photography. By presenting projects and exhibitions that embrace a wide range of contemporary aesthetics and technologies, the Museum strives to communicate the value and significance of photographic images as expressions of human thought, imagination and creativity.
916 S Wabash Avecolum.edu/iam
The Project Rm exhibits work by the students, alumni, faculty and staff of the Interactive Arts & Media Department. An extension of the classroom, this gallery space encourages students to experiment, exchange ideas and exhibit work. With focuses on new media art practices, emerging media design and game development, the Project Rm encourages creative applications of big ideas in interactive arts and media.
619 S Wabash Ave, 1st Floorshop.colum.edu
ShopColumbia, Columbia College Chicago's student and alumni art boutique, features original designs created and inspired by Columbia artists. Spanning all media and disciplines, the hybrid storefront and learning laboratory is defined by what Columbia students are making right now.
618 S Michigan Ave, 2nd Floorcolum.edu/arcade
The Arcade takes its name from the building’s previous incarnation, when it was known as The Arcade Building. With sweeping views of Grant Park, the gallery exhibits all media, with a particular focus on new media and interdisciplinary art.