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GEMS World Academy Chicago


350 E. South Water St.
Use the North / upper entrance.




Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 2pm

Sun, Oct 16: 10am - 2pm

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 that serves students in grades preschool through high school. The first of two buildings, designed by bKL Architecture, opened in 2014 and houses lower grades. The Upper School building opened in 2020 and houses Middle School and High School age students. 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

Guided tours of the school will be provided.