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GEMS World Academy Chicago

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350 E. South Water St.




bKL Architecture LLC, 2014


Chicago is home to the first GEMS World Academy in the United States. The first of two planned buildings, both designed by bKL Architecture, opened in 2014 and currently houses preschool through 10th grade. 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.

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