50 year anniversary of ‘Circle Campus’
The University of Illinois at Chicago, friends and alumni celebrate the golden anniversary of the University of Illinois’ “Circle” campus, now UIC.
Sunday, Feb. 22
Navy Pier (original Chicago location of the University of Illinois) and locations on the UIC campus:
- 9:30 a.m. – “Pier to Here” trolley ride/walk from Navy Pier to the UIC campus
- 1:00 p.m. – Welcome ceremony, Engineering Research Facility, 842 W. Taylor St.
- 2:00 p.m. – Re-enactment of the 1965 ribbon-cutting, Science and Engineering Laboratory, 950 S. Halsted St.
“Circle” was the city’s first four-year public university. The campus, designed by celebrated architect Walter Netsch, rose on 100 acres along Harrison and Halsted Streets, as one alumna described it, like a “small town in a big city.”
Today, with more than 28,000 students, UIC is Chicago’s largest university and one of the nation’s most diverse campuses. It is among the top 60 research universities in the U.S. and has a $2 billion annual budget. Its 15 colleges include the nation’s largest college of medicine and six other health science colleges. Ranked 11th in the world among institutions under 50 by Times Higher Education of the U.K., UIC was formed when the Circle Campus merged with the Health Sciences campus in 1982 and now encompasses 240 acres.