Loyola University Chicago Photo Tour

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Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Loyola University Chicago is a private Jesuit university located in the northernmost neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The university consists of six campuses within Chicago and Rome, Italy, but its primary, the Lake Shore campus, sits along the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan. The University was founded by the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus in 1870. It has become the largest Jesuit university in the United States with a total enrollment of roughly 16,000 students.

Loyola University Chicago offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and 140 graduate, professional, and graduate-level certificate programs through its various schools, colleges, and institutes: The Quinlan School of Business, School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, The Graduate School, School of Law, Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, School of Social Work, as well as the Institute of Environmental Sustainability and Institute of Pastoral Studies.

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Loyola's Location in Chicago

Chicago Skyline
Chicago Skyline. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Lake Shore campus is located in Rogers Park, Chicago’s northernmost neighborhood. It is only a short distance to the vibrant heart of Downtown Chicago known as the Loop. It is directly accessible from Loyola’s Red Line train station. The Loop is well-known for its major cultural institutions including the Goodman Theatre, the Lyric Opera, and the Joffrey Ballet. The Loop is also home to Willis Tower, the second highest building in the Western Hemisphere.

However, Chicago is best known for its food. Whether its heaping slice of deep dish pizza, a juicy beef sandwich, or a hot dog at Wrigley Field, you’ll never run out of options in the windy city.

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Madonna Della Strada Chapel at Loyola University Chicago

Madonna Della Strada Chapel at Loyola University Chicago
Madonna Della Strada Chapel at Loyola University Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Loyola University Chicago is the largest Jesuit university in the United States. The Madonna Della Strada Chapel, which overlooks beautiful Lake Michigan, is the university’s main chapel. It is named after the mother church of the Jesuit Province of Chicago. The chapel was designed in the Art Deco style and was completed in 1938. In 2008, the Stamm Memorial Organ was installed in the chapel.

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The Klarchek Information Commons at Loyola

The Klarchek Information Commons at Loyola
The Klarchek Information Commons at Loyola. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Overlooking Lake Michigan, the Klarchek Information Commons is a joint project between the University Libraries and Information Technology Services. The four-story, 72,000 square-foot building offers spaces and the necessary technology for group study. It is connected to the Cudahy Library at the center of campus, making it the ideal study location for students. Its glass panel windows also provide students with brilliant views of Lake Michigan throughout the year.

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Cudahy Library at Loyola University Chicago

Cudahy Library at Loyola University Chicago
Cudahy Library at Loyola University Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Cudahy Library is the main library on the Lake Shore campus. The building is connected to the Klarchek Information Commons and houses the university’s humanities, fine arts, science and social sciences collections, as well as the University Archives. Cudahy holds more than 900,000 volumes and provides access to hundreds of online databases. Within the library, the John Felice Rome Center provides students with 24/7 access to research materials.

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Norville Athletics Center at Loyola University Chicago

Norville Athletics Center at Loyola University Chicago
Norville Athletics Center at Loyola University Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Opened in 2011, the Norville Athletics Center is home to Loyola Ramblers athletics. The three-story facility features a student-athlete academic center, sports medicine facility, locker rooms, and a strengthening and conditioning center, as well as the Athletic Department offices and an Alumni gym. Loyola Ramblers Athletics compete in the NCAA Division I of the Missouri Valley Conference. The men’s basketball team won the 1963 national championship, making Loyola the only NCAA Division I school in Illinois to ever win a national title. LU Wolf is the official mascot for the University. He was inspired by the coat-of-arms of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which depicts two wolves standing over a kettle.

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Gentile Arena at Loyola University Chicago

Gentile Arena at Loyola University Chicago
Gentile Arena at Loyola University Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Built in 1996, Gentile Arena is a 4,500-seat multi-purpose arena. It is home to the men and women’s basketball teams. The arena was named after Joe Gentile, a local car dealer who donated money for its construction. Since 2011, Gentile Arena has undergone renovations as part of the university’s Reimagine Campaign, which aims to revolutionize student life on campus.

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Halas Sport Center at Loyola University Chicago

Halas Sport Center at Loyola University Chicago
Halas Sport Center at Loyola University Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Halas Sports Center is the university’s primary recreational facility on the Lake Shore campus. The center offers a wide range of activities, including group fitness classes, personal training, and intramural sports. The lower level of Halas features two cardio rooms with treadmills, elliptical trainers, and bikes, as well as a weight room and training studio. The upper level consists of multi-purpose courts, a spin studio, and an additional cardio room.

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Mundelein Center at Loyola University Chicago

Mundelein Center at Loyola University Chicago
Mundelein Center at Loyola University Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The 80-year-old Art Deco “skyscraper” is known as the Mundelein Center for Fine and Performing Arts. The building was originally home to Mundelein College, an all-women’s college, until it joined Loyola University Chicago in 1990. It was the first skyscraper college for women in the world, which is why it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Mundelein features an auditorium, atrium, classrooms and meeting spaces, as well as a large courtyard with a fountain – a popular venue for cocktail receptions.

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Cudahy Science Hall at Loyola University Chicago

Cudahy Science Hall at Loyola University Chicago
Cudahy Science Hall at Loyola University Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Built in 1910, Cudahy Science Hall is the second oldest building on Loyola’s Lake Shore campus. With its Victorian exterior and green dome, Cudahy Science Hall has long been considered a campus landmark. It is currently home to the Physics Department. The building features teaching labs for introductory physics, computational physics, modern physics, electronics and optics, as well as a seismology station.

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Dumbach Hall at Loyola University Chicago

Dumbach Hall at Loyola University Chicago
Dumbach Hall at Loyola University Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Built in 1908, Dumbach Hall is the oldest building on campus. Once home to the Loyola Academy (the university’s high school program) Dumbach now hosts philosophy, literature, history, and classical studies classes. The building directly overlooks the quad and beautiful Lake Michigan. 

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Coffey Hall at Loyola University Chicago

Coffey Hall at Loyola University Chicago
Coffey Hall at Loyola University Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Formerly a student residence hall, Coffey Hall is now home to the Department of Psychology. Loyola University Chicago offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Psychology, as well as minor programs in Psychology, Psychology and Criminal Justice, and Neuroscience. Psychology is one of the most popular majors at Loyola.

Located on the first floor of Coffey, the McCormick Lounge is a multi-purpose venue that offers spectacular views of Lake Michigan. The venue is primarily used for networking events and guest speakers.

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Cuneo Hall at Loyola University Chicago

Cuneo Hall at Loyola University Chicago
Cuneo Hall at Loyola University Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Built in 2012, Cuneo Hall is a certified Gold-LEED building, in the top 5% of energy-efficient classroom buildings on college campuses. Cuneo features 18 classrooms within its four floors. Each room can seat more than 100 students. The fourth floor is home to four centers: Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, Center for Urban Research and Learning, Center for Urban Environmental Research and Study, and the Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage. Cuneo and its neighbors Dumbach Hall and Cudahy Science Hall surround the quad overlooking the beautiful Klarchek Information Commons.

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Mullady Theatre at Loyola University Chicago

Mullady Theatre at Loyola University Chicago
Mullady Theatre at Loyola University Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Kathleen Mullady Theater is located in Centennial Forum Student Union. The intimate 297-seat proscenium was built in 1968, the same year that the Department of Theater was established at Loyola. Students in the department receive a strong foundation in theater history, literature, and criticism, as well as performance, design, and directing. In addition to theater performances, Mullady hosts music and dance events throughout the year.

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Centennial Forum Student Union and Mertz Hall at Loyola

Centennial Forum Student Union and Mertz Hall at Loyola
Centennial Forum Student Union and Mertz Hall at Loyola. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Centennial Forum is home to event spaces like Mullady Theater and Bremner Lounge, as well as department offices such as the Division of Student Development and Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. Centennial Forum also houses Mertz Residence Hall, a first-year student dormitory. Rooms are available in single, double, and triple occupancy, with community bathrooms on each floor. The University requires all first-year students to live at least one year in one of the six on-campus first-year residence halls.

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Fordham Hall at Loyola University Chicago

Fordham Hall at Loyola University Chicago
Fordham Hall at Loyola University Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

More than 350 upperclass students live in the 10-story Fordham Hall. Fordham offers studios, as well as double, and quad apartments, each with its own private bathroom. Residents have access to nearby Damen, Simpson, and de Nobili Dining Halls. Fordham Hall was named after Fordham University, a Jesuit university in New York. The building is one of 20 on-campus residence halls.

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Quinlan Life Sciences Center at Loyola University

Quinlan Life Sciences Center at Loyola University
Quinlan Life Sciences Center at Loyola University. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Michael and Marilyn Quinlan Life Sciences Center is home to the Department of Biology. The department offers degree programs in Biology, Ecology, Molecular Biology, and Molecular Sciences. The building features environmental rooms, darkrooms, greenhouses, an insectary, herbarium, a digital imaging facility, and an accredited small animals lab. An aquatic simulation laboratory is located on the sixth floor. It features six ponds and artificial streams, allowing students to manipulate weather and study its effect on aquatic life. The Center also owns diving equipment and two research boats for Lake Michigan studies.

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Loyola Red Line Near Loyola University Chicago

Loyola Red Line Near Loyola University Chicago
Loyola Red Line Near Loyola University Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Lake Shore campus is located along the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. Students can access the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) at the Loyola station, conveniently located next to campus. The CTA provides transportation throughout Chicago and suburbs via the ‘L.’

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