The Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts is located at 1020 W. Sheridan Road.
The recently renovated Mundelein Center is the home to the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. The department’s administrative office, the Box Office, and the majority of faculty offices are located in Mundelein. Inside are many classrooms for music, theatre, and fine arts students, but the building also has many performance spaces: the Newhart Family Theatre, the Underground Laboratory Theatre, the newly renovated Music Hall, Studio 409 and the Mundelein Auditorium. The Newhart Promenade doubles as our entry-way into the Newhart Theatre and a gallery space.
In the past few years, we have opened the Mundelein Center to artists from the surrounding community. Mundelein has played host to a Earth Day themed arts night, a Day of the Dead celebration, and international traveling musicians. We hope to expand these efforts in the future to make the Mundelein Center a home for arts at both Loyola and the surrounding community.
History as Mundelein College
In 1929, the building (then known as the Skyscraper Building) broke ground as the future home of Mundelein College, a private, Roman Catholic women’s college. For many years the building served as a self-contained university for the women. It housed living spaces, a cafeteria, a gymnasium, a pool, a library, a chapel, an auditorium, and classroom space. The building and college became incorporated into Loyola University Chicago in 1991. The building has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980, and it has been an official Chicago landmark since 2007.
The following collection of photos document the building’s progression, from its groundbreaking in 1929 through the early 1990s. All photos come courtesy of the Women and Leadership Archives:
The Mundelein Skyscraper was rededicated as the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts on October 13, 2012 and included a plethora of events including tours, open rehearsals, and the opening of the Newhart Family Theatre. Here is a video highlighting just a few of the festivities.