Bell Rings For New South Loop Elementary School

For years, Chicago’s downtown parents have lobbied for more schools in the heart of the city.  And the recent influx of hipsters, empty-nesters, and extended families has made the demand even greater.

Rendering of the new South Loop Elementary School (via Chicago Public Building Commission)

Rendering of the new South Loop Elementary School (via Chicago Public Building Commission)

Those anxious parents should get a smidgeon of relief in a little over a year now that City Hall has issued permits for the construction of a new South Loop Elementary School:

NEW CONSTRUCTION OF 4-STORY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL; TYPE 1B CONSTRUCTION; ASSEMBLY CLASS C-3 TYPE 1A OCCUPANCY CLASSIFICATION. INCLUDES ASSOCIATED SITE WORK AND PARKING AS PER PLANS.

We first told you that the school was coming in May of last year after bean spillage by WBEZ radio.

The new school will be located on the western half of the block bounded by West 16th Street, South State Street, West 17th Street, and South Dearborn Street.  The eastern half of the block is Columbia College’s Media Production Center, and Douglas Truck Parts.  Across the street is the Chicago Police Department district headquarters.

The school was designed by SMNG A in River North.  It will have 46 classrooms, a music room, a gym, a library, a cafeteria, and a multi-purpose room.  Recess will be on the roof, which is de-regeur in downtown Chicago these days, and will give the kids something to talk about when they go off to college.  (“Man, my school was so hood we had recess in a cage on the roof!”)

The city wants the new school to be “substantially completed” by the end of November, 2018.

  • Address: 1601 South Dearborn Street
  • Developer: Chicago Public Schools
  • Floors: Four
  • Size: 120,000 square feet
  • Capacity: 1,200 students

Classroom breakdown

  • 32 ordinary classrooms
  • 4 kindergarten classrooms
  • 3 pull-out classrooms
  • 3 science classrooms
  • 2 computer classrooms
  • 2 art classrooms
Diagram of the new South Loop Elementary School

Diagram of the new South Loop Elementary School

Location: 1601 South Dearborn Street, South Loop

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