Sunday, July 05, 2015

Roosevelt University (Chicago)

I've just returned from a trip to Chicago and other parts of the Midwest, so I'll be posting a bunch of campus-based photo essays in the coming days. I photographed four Chicago campuses on this trip, which, combined with previous entries I posted from Northwestern (2002) and DePaul (2010), will give us six Chicago universities total (seven, if you count the more-distant Northern Illinois University).

Today's entry is a brief one on Roosevelt University, located in the heart of Chicago's downtown business and park (Millennium and Grant) districts at 430 S. Michigan Ave. Roosevelt is actually more of a high-rise office building (the front of which I photographed, below) than a traditional campus, but in a sense, all of downtown Chicago is its "campus."

This article shows some of the futuristic architecture on Roosevelt's higher levels as the university has grown. It also tells an interesting story of how the university was formed in a breakaway act of protest in 1945 by the president, faculty, and staff at another institution. According to the article:

Moved by their actions, Eleanor Roosevelt allowed the new school to be named after her and the late President Franklin Roosevelt who had died just two weeks after they received a charter.

Roosevelt University also has personal meaning to me, as my mother attended college there for part of her education.