The 150th Anniversary Celebration

Loyola University Chicago’s sesquicentennial will run from January 2020 through May 2021, culminating in Commencement 2021. The University will honor and celebrate many significant milestones; events that have helped establish the institution, bring the Jesuit, Catholic mission and values to life, and create a lasting impact on Chicagoland and the broader global communities it serves.

Signature 150th Anniversary Events
Throughout 2020

Opus Prize

March 12-13, 2020

2020 Climate Change Conference

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“The University is closely aligned with the mission and values of the Opus Prize Foundation with a focus on service of faith, promotion of justice, and our historical legacy of community collaboration.”

— Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, president, Loyola University Chicago

Throughout 2020

2020 OPUS Prize

Loyola is honored to host the Opus Prize, one of the world's largest faith-based awards for social entrepreneurship. The award includes a $1 million prize and two $100,000 prizes, given to individuals who are addressing persistent and pressing social problems.

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“Since the object of our love is infinite, we can always love more and more perfectly.”

— St. Ignatius of Loyola

May 10-17, 2020

150th Anniversary Pilgrimage

Faculty, staff, and alumni of Loyola are invited to join Father D. Scott Hendrickson, S.J., on a pilgrimage through Spain in the footsteps of St. Ignatius.

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“Youth activists worldwide are demanding action and holding those in power accountable. The 2020 Climate Change Conference will amplify youth voices and call us into action. It’s time for all of us to stand together in the fight for a just and sustainable future.”

— Nancy Tuchman, Founding Dean of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability

March 12-13, 2020

2020 Climate Change Conference

Loyola will host its sixth Climate Change Conference with the theme of accompanying youth to a hope-filled future. Across the country, the climate crisis has mobilized young people to action. Come listen to their stories and be inspired to act on behalf of the planet.

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Carrying on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The 2020 MLK Celebration honored the legacy of Dr. King through a series of engaging speakers, interfaith dialogue and prayer, and service in our local community.

Read our Q&A with keynote speaker Clint Smith

Recognizing social purpose in business

The first annual Innovator in Social Business Awards honored Chobani, Bain Capital Double Impact, and Indigo Ag for being at the forefront of accelerating social impact, aligning profit and purpose, and advancing environmental stewardship.

Learn about the Baumhart Center’s new award series


News & Facts

Humble beginnings

Father Arnold Damen, S.J.—for whom Chicago’s Damen Avenue is named—founded Saint Ignatius College in 1870. It was renamed Loyola University in 1909.

In the loop

Loyola expanded its Chicago reach by establishing a downtown campus in the Loop in 1914. After a move within that neighborhood in 1927, what is now the Water Tower Campus relocated to the Near North Side in 1946.

In good health

The University’s medical and dental schools moved to Maywood, Illinois, in 1969, establishing the Health Sciences Campus. The campus today reflects the growing field of health care, housing schools and programs across the areas of medicine, nursing, public health, and the health sciences.

See how Loyola is making an impact today

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Powering Chicago

The majority of our alumni choose to stay in Chicago—and become key leaders who shape the city.

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Four unforgettable years

No matter what major they choose, undergraduates at Loyola are in for the experience of a lifetime.

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Who we are

The numbers tell the story of Loyola’s size, scope, and reach both locally and globally.

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