Columbia College Chicago

Student Center

The building that once stood at 754 S. Wabash had been home to several lounges and clubs. In 1953, it was Eddie Foy’s Cocktail Lounge which closed in 1964. In 1976, the site was home to Blue Star Lounge In 1989, the blues club Buddy Guys’ Legends was located in the building until 2010 when the club moved a few blocks down the street. 

Columbia College Chicago razed the building and created a Papermaker’s Garden in its spot in 2010. The urban garden showcased for students the natural, sustainably grown fibers for papermaking, thus merging science, art, and the environment.  

The site is now home to the new Columbia College Chicago Student Center, a five-story 114,000  square-foot facility, with whom the college is partnering with architectural and design firm Gensler to design and program; groundbreaking took place in fall, 2017 and the building is scheduled to open in 2019. The building will house dance studios, analog and digital maker labs, and an 800-person event area.  

754 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago IL 60605

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Upcoming Events

Self-Defense Street Smarts

Taught by Julio Ortiz, a master self-defense instructor, you will learn techniques that will keep you safe from street predators and rambunctious friends....

9/23 6pm
Internships and Freshmen Prep Workshop

New to Columbia College Chicago? Interested in getting an internship? Come to this presentation to learn how to land an internship and how to earn college...

9/24 1:30pm
Alumni Panel: Don't Worry...

We bring back successful 2019 Columbia College Chicago graduates, who are now working full-time in their field, as they discuss how to prepare for your final...

9/24 6pm
Day 3, HOPE: A Little Goes a Long Way

"Shine the Light of Hope" Self-first is not selfish. Self-care is a form of suicide prevention. Counseling Services and the Makerspace invite you to...

9/25 11am
Muslim Student Association Meeting

We strive to connect with both Muslim and non-Muslim students of all different backgrounds and perspectives to create an environment that fosters an open...

9/25 4pm

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