University of Illinois at Chicago Photo Tour

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University of Illinois at Chicago Photo Tour

The University of Illinois at Chicago
The University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a public, research university located in the heart of Chicago. Established in 1985, UIC joined University of Illinois Campuses, the Medical Center Ccampus and the Chicago Circle Campus. Today, the university is split between East, West, and South Campuses.

UIC serves roughly 17,000 undergrads and 11,000 graduate and professional students, making it one of the largest universities in the Chicago-land area. The University offers multiple programs from its 16 colleges: Applied Health Sciences, Architecture, Design and the Arts, Business Administration, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Graduate College, Honors College, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Medicine, Medicine at Chicago, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Social Work, and Urban Planning & Public Affairs.

Around these colleges, you’ll see the symbol of the UIC Flames. In 1982, the university held a competition for who could create the best team name. The winner was The Flames along with the red and blue colors. It is a reference to the Great Chicago Fire.

To learn about UIC's admissions standards, be sure to check out the UIC Profile and this graph of admissions data: GPA, SAT and ACT Scores for UIC Admissions.

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The East Campus Student Center at UIC

The Student Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago
The Student Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

UIC’s East and West Campus are both home to student centers. The East Campus Student Center is pictured above. Each center features a bookstore, dining services, student services, meeting rooms, and a convenience store.

The West Campus Student Center is home to the Sport and Fitness Center, a Craft Shop, Campus Programs Office, and the Graduate Student Council.

The East campus Student Center is home to the Wellness Center, the Undergraduate Student Government, as well as a space dedicated to bowling, billiards, and video games.

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Lincoln Hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Lincoln Hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Lincoln Hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Renovated in 2010, Lincoln Hall was the winner of the Green Education Design Showcase. Alongside its neighbors Douglass and Grant Hall, Lincoln Hall features floor-to-ceiling windows, ergonomically designed seats, and energy efficient water designs. Its rooftop’s solar panels provide the building with sustainable energy. Lincoln Hall is home to multimedia lecterns. A common study “oases” where students can work and collaborate is located on the second floor.

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Errant Language and Culture Learning Center
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Errant Language and Culture Learning Center at UIC
Errant Language and Culture Learning Center at UIC. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin
Located next to Lincoln Hall in East Campus, the Errant Language and Culture Learning Center is a building dedicated to second language learning and linguistics. The center uses technology along with community building to enhance students’ understanding and comprehension. The school features a computer lab, video-conference classroom, and computer classroom. The center also hosts various language events and clubs, such as French film club, modern Greek conversation club, and tavola-italiana. Through technology and group conversation, the Errant Language and Culture Learning Center builds a bridge between linguistics and second language learning to give students’ broader knowledge.
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Pavilion Arena at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Pavillion Arena at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Pavillion Arena at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Pavilion is a 9,500-seat arena. It is home to the UIC Flames basketball team and the Windy City Rollers, and is the former home to the Chicago Sky WNBA team. The Pavilion also hosts major concerts throughout the year. Opened in 1982, and renovated in 2001, the Pavilion is located in UIC’s East campus. The UIC Flames compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League.

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Science and Engineering Laboratories at UIC

Science and Engineering Laboratory at UIC
Science and Engineering Laboratory at UIC. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Architect Walter Netsch once described the Science and Engineering Laboratories as a “city underneath a roof.”  It is no surprise that this Brutalist four-story building is one of the busiest on campus. The College of Engineering, College of Applied Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs use the laboratories' state-of-the-art research facilities. The building is also home to the Academic Computing and Communications Center, which provides technical support to the UIC community.

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Taft Hall and Burnham Hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Taft Hall and Burnham Hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Taft Hall and Burnham Hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Taft Hall and Burnham Hall are located in the Southeast corner of UIC’s East Campus. Both buildings serve as primary classroom space, with state-of-the-art multimedia lecture facilities.  With a 19 to 1 student-faculty ratio, these classrooms provide a comfortable learning environment.

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The Quad at the University of Illinois at Chicago

The Quad at the University of Illinois at Chicago
The Quad at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Outside the East Campus Student Center, the Quad acts as an informal gathering space for students and faculty alike. It is surrounded by the campus’s main lecture halls. Throughout the year, demonstrations, community outreach, campus activities, and friendly gatherings take place in the Quad.

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UIC School of Theatre & Music

UIC School of Music and Theatre
UIC School of Music and Theatre. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Department of Theatre offers programs in Acting, Theatre Design, Dancing, and the Department of Music offers programs in Music, Performance, Jazz Studies, and Music Business. The 250-seat student theater hosts classic and contemporary works in four productions per season.

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University Hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago

University Hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago
University Hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The 28-story University Hall is the tallest building on campus, as well as Chicago’s West Side, serving as a university landmark. Built in the mid-1960s, during designer Walter Netsch’s revolutionary campaign to redesign the university’s aesthetic, University Hall boasts an exposed reinforced concrete skeleton mirroring writer Carl Sandburg’s evocation of Chicago as the “City of the Big Shoulders.”

The first and second floors are home to the Rebecca Port Faculty-Student Center. The Port Center Café is a popular study spot for students. The remainder of the building is home to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration, and the offices of the university chancellor.

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Curtis Granderson Stadium at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Granderson Stadium at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Granderson Stadium at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Opened on April 17, 2014, Curtis Granderson Stadium is home to UIC’s baseball team, The Flames, and surrounds the Les Miller Baseball Field. The stadium was made possible through a donation by New York Mets Outfielder and UIC alumnus, Curtis Granderson. The stadium holds a press box, grandstand, multiple dugouts and concessions. It also hosts local little league teams to build community within UIC and in the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Douglas Hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Douglas Hall at the University of Illinois Chicago
Douglas Hall at the University of Illinois Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located in UIC’s East Campus, Douglas Hall is home to the College of Business Administration. Renovated in 2011 by Barton Marlow, the building creates the ultimate learning environment with 12 breakout rooms, six learning studios, multiple collaboration rooms and a café. The building also received the LEED gold certification by the United States’ Green Building Council (USGBC) for its sustainable features.

Established in 1965, the College of Business Administration is a research-based institution that offers four academic paths: Accounting, Finance, Information and Decision Sciences, and Managerial Studies. If the students choose the Managerial Studies track, they can concentrate in either entrepreneurship, management, or marketing. The college’s undergraduate, graduate, MBA and doctoral degree programs all prepare students for leadership positions in business.
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Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located on UIC’s East Campus, the Richard J. Daley Library is in the university’s largest library. The library serves nine colleges and allows access to more than 2.2 million volumes and 30,000 current journal titles. It houses the Jane Addams Memorial Collection, records of the Century of Progress Exposition of 1933-1934, and the corporate archives of the Chicago Board of Trade.

Originally named the Main Library, it opened in 1965 on the Chicago Circle Campus. In 1999, it was renamed after Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley.

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Courtyard Student Residence at UIC

Courtyard Student Residence at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Courtyard Student Residence at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

This four-story triangular residence hall is known as the Courtyard. It is located in UIC’s East Ccampus. The building accommodates 650 students in single and double-occupancy rooms. Each “cluster” of single and double rooms share a common bathroom. The first floor is designated for students enrolled in the President’s Award Program.

The Courtyard is one of nine UIC student residence halls. The others are Commons North, Commons West, Commons South, Polk Street Residence, Single Student Residence, James Stukel Towers, Marie Robinson Hall,  and Thomas Beckham Hall.
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Stukel Towers at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Stukel Towers at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Stukel Towers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The four towers that comprise James Stukel Towers are UIC’s newest student residence. The towers house more than 750 undergraduate students in 4-, 5-, and 8-person suites. Stukel Towers is located next to the Forum in South Campus, overlooking Downtown Chicago. Each suite provides single and double occupancy rooms with shared living space and a bathroom. Stukel Towers features a full-service dining hall, computer labs, student organization offices, and a 150-seat auditorium.

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Beckham Hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Beckham Hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Beckham Hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Thomas Beckham Hall houses 450 upperclassmen in apartment-style dorms. It is located on the south side of campus. Each apartment has individual rooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room. Students can choose from a 4-person, 2-person, or studio plan. The resident hall also offers free laundry, lounges, and a computer lab. The building is walking distance to the Flames athletic center and various cafeterias.

Opened in 2003, this residence hall was named after Thomas Beckham, a former Dean of the College of Associated Health Professions. He pushed for the creation of student residence and commons, which increased on-campus students and strengthened the UIC community.
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University Village and the University of Illinois at Chicago

University Village at UIC
University Village at UIC. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

UIC is located in the University Village or Little Italy neighborhood of Chicago.

Although UIC students and faculty have largely taken over the area, the Italian immigrant roots are still apparent. This area is known for its Italian restaurants and historical sites. The Jane Addams Hull-House is a popular site, and the area is also home to the Catholic Churches of Our Lady of Pompeii and Holy Guardian Angel.

This area’s rich history is clear in some of its famed restaurants and eateries. Mario’s Italian Ice (pictured above) has been a Chicago staple since its opening in 1954. While only open from May to September, Mario’s is a Chicago summer favorite.
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Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC

Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Jane Addams College of Social Work is UIC’s main center for Social Work research, education and service. Based on the practices of Jane Addams and her Hull-House, the college works to use social work to lessen the burdens of poverty, oppression, and discrimination. The school offers four degree programs: Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH), Certificate in Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice with Children, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD). Students can choose advanced courses in four concentrations: mental health, child and family services, community health and urban development, and school social work practice. The college also offers post-MSW, non-degree programs to further educate practicing social workers.

Located next to the UIC campus, the Jane Addams Hull-House became the inspiration for the social work taught and practiced at UIC. Originally Jane Addams’ private home, she opened it up to provide housing and education to new immigrants. The house offered technical and academic classes as well as a library, kitchen, and nursery to the community. Now, it operates as a museum and hosts events and programs related to social work.
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Behavioral Sciences Building at UIC

Behavioral Sciences Building at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Behavioral Sciences Building at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located on East Campus across from University Hall, the Behavioral Sciences Building is a four-story classroom building. Students from the entire university may find themselves taking classes in this geometric structure. The building features study lounges, computer labs, and integrated multimedia classrooms to provide students with a more interactive learning experience.

The building was created as part of the Walter Netsch Campus redesign. Walter Netsch considered the building one of his finest examples of field theory design. Given the complex geometric structure, the building is difficult to navigate and students have lovingly referred to it as “the maze.” In recent years, the university has increased signage to make the building more accessible.
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UIC Forum

UIC Forum
UIC Forum. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The UIC Forum is a versatile space that hosts a large range of events. Spanning over 30,000 square feet, the Forum can be converted into a 3,000-person theatre, 1,000-person dining hall or a convention space. It features multiple meeting rooms, full-service concession areas, and an in-house catering service. The space has hosted all kinds of events from the signing of the Marriage Equality Bill to Baconfest to the Chicago Humanities Festival.

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