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GEMS World Academy Chicago


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




Sat, Oct 13: 9am - 1pm

Sun, Oct 14: 9am - 1pm

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible


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.

Behind the Scenes

Tour the inside of one of the most elite and cutting-edge schools in the United States.