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Loyola University Information Commons

Address

6501 N. Kenmore Ave.

Neighborhood

Rogers Park

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Cudahy Library

Andrew Rebori, 1930

Information Commons

Solomon Cordwell Buenz, 2007

Website

luc.edu

Description

Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Information Commons is Loyola University's first energy-efficient building. Completed in 2007, it is a great example of contextual architecture. The northern and southern sides feature concrete towers that correspond to the historic facades of surrounding buildings, while the central portion of the building is an impressive glass wall. The back of the building offers one of the best uninterrupted views of Lake Michigan in the city. The building's unique mechanical design harnesses natural ventilation, allowing it to use 50% less energy than code demands. Connected to the building is the 1930 Cudahy Library--an example of architect Andrew Rebori’s distinctive approach to early Modernism. In its Donovan Reading Room, find an Art Deco mural by John Warner Norton celebrating the late 17th century explorers of the Chicago region.

Visitor Experience

Take a self-guided tour of this sustainable contemporary building's light-filled spaces, then walk into the connected Cudahy Library to admire the Art Deco murals in the Donovan Reading Room.