600 S Michigan

600 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Columbia College's Main Building was built in 1906-1907 by Christian A. Eckstorm, an architect popular for his industrial and warehouse designs, to serve as the headquarters of the International Harvester Company. 600 S. Michigan was a modern skyscraper of its era, built with a steel skeleton, high-speed elevators, electric light, the most advanced mechanical systems available and a floor plan designed to maximize natural light for all of its interior office spaces. The 15-story brick-clad building with classical stone detailing has an Art Deco lobby that retains much of its original marble. In 1937 the building was purchased by the Fairbanks-Morse Company, makers of railroad engines, farm equipment and hydraulic systems. It was acquired by Columbia College in 1974. In its early years as the home of Columbia, it was adaptively reused to house classrooms, the library, darkrooms, studios, and an auditorium. When the campus expanded through the acquisition of other buildings, especially after 1990, some of these functions, such as the greatly expanded library, were moved to other locations, and the spaces were again adapted for new uses. The building continues to serve as the administrative center of the college, and houses the Museum of Contemporary Photography on its first two floors, along with the 180-seat Ferguson Memorial Theater, photography darkrooms, two professional television studios, film/video editing facilities, and classrooms.

Place Type

Academic, Administrative

Upcoming Events

Images of Health

Images of Health 5/3

Images of Health Opening Reception April 20, 1 - 3 p.m. These images tell compelling stories about the relationships between the quality of health and the...

Images of Health

Images of Health 5/4

Images of Health Opening Reception April 20, 1 - 3 p.m. These images tell compelling stories about the relationships between the quality of health and the...

Photography Pop-Up Exhibits

Photography Pop-Up Exhibits 5/12 6:00pm

View the photography work of classes from Spring 2016! Exhibits are held in multiple rooms in the 600 S. Michigan building. Explore the 9th floor and the...

Manifest MFA Creative Writing Student Showcase

Manifest MFA Creative Writing Student Showcase 5/12 7:00pm

Columbia College Chicago's Department of Creative Writing Manifest event will feature readings by graduating MFA students in fiction, nonfiction and poetry....

Manifest for Prospective Students

Manifest for Prospective Students 5/13 9:00am

You're invited to chat with Admissions during Manifest, one of the most exciting days of the year! Columbia's Admissions Tour Center will be open from 9...

Recent Events

Images of Health 5/2/2016

Images of Health 5/1/2016

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Images of Health 4/29/2016

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Liz Chilsen

Liz Chilsen left a positive review 4/29/2014

Talent galore and lots of information! Beautifully designed app.

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Eva Anninou

Eva Anninou left a positive review 1/23/2014

It was an amazing party! !

Helena E Opare

Helena E Opare left a positive review 1/23/2014


Marla Donato

Marla Donato left a positive review 9/16/2012


Meredith Davis

Meredith Davis left a positive review 1/30/2013

It was fun. I love Friends so it was really cool to be able to relax and watch it with other TV students while enjoying some delicious food.

Walter D Street IV

Walter D Street IV left a positive review 11/7/2012

Excellent panel discussion, more events like this would be great.

Michelle Passarelli

Michelle Passarelli left a positive review 10/24/2012


Nancy McKenna

Nancy McKenna left a review 10/16/2012

The three hour class is too long. Can some be cut into three one hour classes? I cant really judge the class as I could not be away from my desk for three hours at this time of year.

Nancy McKenna

Nancy McKenna left a positive review 10/15/2012

I loved it! I learned a lot, especially since I dont know anything about Apple products so it was total immersion. Very good for learning both the Mac and also for After Effects.

Since my job requires that I physically be at my desk, though, I may have to be there for half each class and then watch Lynda in order to really 'get it'.

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