Music Center

1014 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL, 60605

1014-16 S. Michigan Avenue was built in 1912 by Christian A. Eckstorm. A red brick 4-story building with terra cotta detailing, this structure was erected by a developer as a speculative commercial building. During its first 30 years, it housed offices for a shingle distributor, a lumber company and an electrical parts manufacturer. In 1941, the building was rehabilitated for the Sherwood Conservatory of Music, founded in 1895 by William H. Sherwood, a piano virtuoso, teacher and composer.The school's most famous alumna may be the comedienne Phyllis Diller, who was a piano student at the Sherwood School in the 1930s but did not graduate. The building was acquired by Columbia College Chicago in 1997 and now houses the school's music department. The artistic, cultural and performance education tradition of this building, as it was adaptively reused since the 1940s, is continued today in the programs of the Music Department of Columbia College.

Place Type

Academic, Performance

Upcoming Events

Student Concert Series

Student Concert Series 3/31 7:00pm

This event features a series of student performances supported by a faculty combo. Students can sign up to perform on the 3rd floor of the Music Center.

Pop Orchestra in Concert

Pop Orchestra in Concert 4/1 7:00pm

Columbia's student Pop Orchestra will play a selection of contemporary hits.

Hope Currie Senior Recital

Hope Currie Senior Recital 4/2 7:00pm

Music Student Hope Currie will give her senior performance at the Music Center Concert Hall.

Jazz Gallery in the Lobby

Jazz Gallery in the Lobby 4/3 12:00pm

Jazz gallery features a Columbia student Jazz combo performing in the lobby of the Music Center.

Jazz Forum

Jazz Forum 4/3 2:00pm

A special performance event for Columbia Jazz Students.

Recent Events

Jazz Forum 3/20/2015

CUP Forum 3/20/2015

Recent Activity

Music Center

Music Center posted a photo 5/29/2014

Kathy Metcalf Pozywio

Kathy Metcalf Pozywio left a positive review 11/6/2013

Such great energy!! Great job! Looking forward to more shows.

Rebecca Young

Rebecca Young left a positive review 10/31/2013

It was awesome! my dad visited for the weekend and it was cool to show him some music!

Rebecca Young

Rebecca Young left a positive review 10/27/2013

a lot of fun!! there's so much talent at Columbia!

Albert Williams

Albert Williams posted a photo 10/28/2013


lpusztai_195 left a positive review 4/7/2013

Outstanding evening! Brought 2 friends and we agreed it a truly "special" event. The students blew me away with their level of talent and skill. Perfect venue, too. Felt so luck to be there.


lpusztai_195 left a positive review 4/11/2013

A really wonderful and informative evening. Enjoyed it thoroughly and learned a lot!

Anastasia Katsis

Anastasia Katsis left a positive review 4/11/2013

Wow, what a great show. Todd with the students - so cool. He even did a song that he has never performed live before, Chain Letter! I'm curious to know how or who decides on the selection of music to be performed. I forgot to ask someone that after the show. In any case it was just awesome.

Jean Lachowicz

Jean Lachowicz left a positive review 4/11/2013

This was an absolutely wonderful concert. The student ensembles were magnificent and the synergy between the students and Todd was a beautiful thing to behold. Congratulations on a terrific event!

julie hillery

julie hillery left a positive review 4/11/2013

So awesome! So much talent on one stage and a great experience for everyone. Thank you Todd !

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