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

Wicked Week: Creepy Cupcakes at the SVC

Wicked Week: Creepy Cupcakes at the SVC 10/28 2pm

Join us at the Student Veteran Center and put your creepy chef hats on, its time to make some Creepy Cupcakes! Using your creepy creativity and a slew of...

Film Screening: Sacred Cod

Film Screening: Sacred Cod 11/3

Join the Journalism Department for a screening of Sacred Cod, a documentary about New England's cod fishing industry, created by photojournalist Steve Liss.

Photography Grad Open House

Photography Grad Open House 11/16 2pm

Columbia College Chicago’s Photography Department invites prospective graduate students to an Open House to learn about our Master of Fine Arts in...

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Roge Ramos

Roge Ramos left a positive review 5/12/2016

It wasn't that bad, but the graduate students of ASL interpreting were great with some interesting resources.

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.

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