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GEMS World Academy Chicago


350 E. South Water St.
Use north/upper entrance




Sat, Oct 19: 11am - 3pm

Sun, Oct 20: 11am - 3pm

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible


bKL Architecture LLC, 2014 & 2019


Chicago is home to the first GEMS World Academy in the United States, an IB school, serving students in grades preschool through high school. The first of two buildings, designed by bKL Architecture, opened in 2014 and currently houses all grades. The Upper School building will open in 2020 and will house the Middle and Upper Schools (not yet open for tour). The eye-catching, playful exterior is a modernist composition of interlacing colored panels and glass that expresses the configuration of spaces within and fits nicely into the contemporary architectural aesthetic of Lakeshore East. The state-of-the-art school features technology tailored to cutting-edge education methods. The elite GEMS network includes schools in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Visitor Experience

Take a self-guided tour exploring floors 5-10 of one of the most elite and cutting-edge schools in the United States.