Planning and Development
With the advice and guidance of the Lake Shore Campus Advisory Council and our partners at the Water Tower Campus, Community Relations ensures that Loyola's campuses develop in partnership with the surrounding communities.
Lakeshore Campus (LSC)
The Lake Shore Campus serves as academic campus for over 8,000 students, as well as main residential campus for more than 3,000 undergraduate students. This campus is not only the largest employer in Edgewater and Rogers Park, offering employment to more than 2,000 faculty and staff, but it is also the largest institutional planned development in the neighborhoods. This campus boasts more than 40 buildings over 30 acres of land, including:
- Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, a national historic landmark building
- The newly renovated 45,000 square-foot Joseph J. Gentile Arena
- Michael R. and Marilyn Quinlan Life Sciences Education and Research Center, an innovative facility featuring state-of-the-art science labs
- Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons, a 72,000 square-foot environmentally friendly annex to the main Cudahy Library that is Silver Level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified
- The Norville Center for Intercollegiate Athletics
- Athletic facilities, including an outdoor track and a sand volleyball court
- (name theaters and art galleries on LSC)
- The new Cuneo Hall, one of the most innovative and energy conscious buildings in the Midwest
- Seven buildings rated as significant by the City of Chicago Landmark’s division
- Madonna della Strada Chapel, which hosts public services and concerts
- An archdiocesan seminary, St. Joseph’s College Seminary
- 2002 Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Community Task Force
- 2004 TIF Design Guidelines Committee
- 2004 Loyola engages Dober, Lidskey, Craig of Massachusetts to complete Lake Shore Campus Master Plan
- 2004 Loyola sells Granville property to Access Realty who announces The Granville Condominiums
- 2005 Loyola TIF Redevelopment Agreement with the City of Chicago designates funding for Landmark Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts
- 2006 McCaffery Interests announces The Morgan at Loyola Station
- 2007 Loyola analyzes and recommend CTA improvements
- 2008 Loyola Facilities Committee approves Campus Design Guidelines
- 2008 The Morgan at Loyola Station opens
- 2008 First Community Relations Perception Survey administered to over 19,000 people
- 2008 Economic Impact Analysis reveals that Loyola expenditures generate the equivalent of 53,000 jobs in the Chicago regional economy
- 2010 The Flats at Loyola Station opens
- 2010 Institutional Planned Development #34 Amendment passes City Council
- 2011 Second Community Relations Perception Survey administered revealing
- 2011 Loyola and CTA announce partnership to expand and renovate Loyola Station
- 2012 Kenmore Avenue closed to construct two new residences halls and Center for Sustainable Urban Living
- 2012 Loyola announces plans for two new mixed use buildings on Sheridan Road in conjunction with redevelopment of Loyola Station and CTA Plaza.
Water Tower Campus (WTC)
Water Tower Campus, Loyola’s downtown campus since 1946, sits along Pearson Street, just off North Michigan Avenue. Water Tower Campus hosts many of Loyola’s schools and programs and attractions, such as:
- Quinlan School of Business
- School of Education
- Corboy Law Center
- School of Continuing and Professional Studies
- School of Social Work
- School of Communication
- Institute of Pastoral Studies
- Select Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences
- Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA)
- Lewis Towers, which is home to the Office of the President and other university administrative offices
Water Tower Campus also provides housing for students who crave the downtown atmosphere with Baumhart Residence Hall and Terry Student Center. This downtown location offers invaluable access to internships, careers, and networking opportunities with locally and nationally recognized companies.
Recent Development History:
- 2010 School of Communication opens Convergence Studio on southeast corner of Rush and Pearson
Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC)
Welcome to 100 acres of prairies, savannas, woodlands, wetlands, and ponds–otherwise known as Loyola University Chicago’s Retreat and Ecology Campus. Located in beautiful Woodstock, Illinois, LUREC allows individuals to connect intellectually, spiritually, and through nature. Serving as a prime location for retreats and academic courses, this center includes:
- 100 guest rooms
- a chapel
- a full-service dining area
- a meeting space
- a high ropes course
LUREC now also hosts a student farm supporting both livestock and season crops. Loyola is committed to restoring and maintaining the biodiversity of this campus, meaning that LUREC follows a fundamental guiding principle of conservation by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Recent Development History
- 2009 Resurrection Retreat Center closes its doors
- 2010 Loyola University Chicago purchases the Resurrection Retreat Center from the Congregation of the Resurrection.
Cuneo Mansion and Gardens (CMG)
The most recent addition to Loyola’s campuses is the historic Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, which spreads over 100 acres of land in Vernon Hills, Illinois.
In 2009, The Cuneo Foundation of John Cuneo Jr. and his wife Herta gifted the Cuneo estate to Loyola University. This $50 million gift also includes the museum’s extensive collection of art and furnishings.
The mansion was built in 1918 for Samuel Insull, an original founder of the General Electric Company. Acclaimed Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall led the architectural design, while world- famous landscape architect Jens Jensen designed the ornate gardens and landscaping.
John Cuneo Sr. bought the property in 1937. He and his wife Julia raised their two children John Jr. and Consuela on the extravagant estate. In 1991, the family opened the mansion to the public as the Cuneo Museum and Gardens. Now, as Loyola’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, it still holds the Cuneo family’s antique, tapestry, sculpture, silver and porcelain collections, along with paintings by world- renowned artists.
Loyola plans to use the mansion for activities, such as:
- Weddings and other special occasions
- Corporate events
- Educational opportunities to benefit students, faculty and the greater-Chicago area community, especially those living in and around Lake County.
- Host to a new program offering: Corporate Practice Certificate in Paralegal Studies at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
It is important that Loyola University use its role in the community to sustain its priority to maintain the residential and retail vitality, as well as the diversity and safety, of the surrounding communities.
As a department within the Division of Capital Planning and Campus Management, Campus Community Planning and Community Relations work together to maintain transparency in action and communicate all plans for development to all stakeholders.