When choosing colleges in Chicago, Illinois, the quality of the education is obviously of paramount importance but it never hurts to find oneself in a pleasant and beautiful environment. With this last fact in mind, here are five of the most beautiful college campuses in the Windy City along with some runners-up:
The white and purple of the Northwestern Wildcats may be familiar to sports fans but Northwestern is far more familiar to academics and research scientists. The campus of this major university is filled with stunning, 100-year-old buildings like the Deering Library and University Hall plus a large number of the finest technological buildings in the world. The campus is simply spectacular for its students and visitors.
Columbia College Chicago
The largest art school in the Midwest would be expected to have an interesting campus and Columbia College Chicago does not fail these expectations. Located in the very urbanized, South Loop District, the college seems simple, composed of traditional office buildings. While these buildings blend into their surroundings, the interiors come alive with works of art, architectural details and stunning variety of styles. The campus provokes such curiosity that there are even walking tours of this campus for non-students.
The Lake Shore campus of this Jesuit college is magnificent by any standard. From the modern Klarchek Information Commons overlooking Lake Michigan through the traditional buildings like the Cudahy library to the distinctly religious themes of the Madonna della Strada Chapel, the Loyola campus is full of architectural wonders and natural beauty.
Offering some of the finest culinary and hospitality education in the U.S., Kendall College is located at Riverworks, the old headquarters of the Sara Lee Corporation. While this fact may conjure up images of tradition, there is nothing old-fashioned about Kendall, its campus or its education. The campus and main buildings have recently undergone a major renovation and beautification program. These days, Kendall offers one of the finest academic environments in Chicago.
University of Chicago
Of the colleges on this list, the University of Chicago is probably the most traditional in its architecture and campus as it is laid out with the usual quadrangles and open spaces. Nevertheless, the UC campus is magnificent from any angle. Most noteworthy are the Rockefeller Chapel, the Oriental Institute and the Chicago Theological Seminary.
Five other colleges in Chicago, Illinois, that deserve an honorable mention for their noteworthy landscaping and architectural interest are DePaul University, Shimer College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lake Forest College and National-Louis University.