A Conference Center serving the wider community

CTU Academic and Conference Center
5416 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago

Catholic Theological Union at Chicago is pleased to offer conference and gathering spaces to not-for-profit organizations who share the mission of CTU.

  • 95,000 square foot, five-story, Academic and Conference Center
  • Renovated Residence and Student Center, immediately adjacent

Located in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood, CTU is minutes from all the attractions of Chicago and just steps from beautiful Lake Michigan. Here, groups will find the convenience of being in an urban setting with the restfulness of a quiet neighborhood by the water.

Built in 2006, CTU’s Academic and Conference Center was designed as both a school of theology and a place to serve the wider community. This centerpiece of the CTU campus offers:

  • Assembly space
  • Classrooms
  • Conference space
  • Reception space
  • Liturgical space
  • Parking garage

In addition to a modern, light-filled, spacious building, CTU offers guest housing and food services in the renovated Residence and Student Center.

Groups from 2 to 350 are able to gather for one day to multiple weeks.  Whatever the purpose – anniversaries, assemblies or chapters, banquets, classes, conferences, graduations, holiday gatherings, lectures, luncheons, receptions, retreats, reunions, seminars, workshops – CTU will work with you to accommodate your needs.

Catholic Theological Unions’s Academic and Conference Center is located:

  • 15 minutes from downtown Chicago via Lake Shore Drive
  • 22 minutes from Midway Airport
  • 35 minutes from O’Hare International Airport

CTU is easily accessible from Interstates 90, 94, 55, and 290, and only one block from trains and buses – CTA and Metra stops.

Rent Our Space

CTU has the right combination of space for your group gathering:

  • 5 large gathering spaces (including a grand assembly hall that seats up to 350),
  • 10 classrooms,
  • 4 small break-out rooms,
  • 5 conference rooms,
  • Dining room,
  • 4 reception areas (including an art gallery),
  • 2 chapels
  • Meditation room.

These rooms and gathering spaces all offer flexible seating and can be used for multiple purposes.

Amenities

In addition to the various meeting, dining, and prayer space options, CTU offers the following:

  • Planning – On-site Events Coordinator to help you plan
  • Newly renovated guest housing – Each room has one double bed, private bathroom, AC, Wi-Fi access, free local calls, and complimentary laundry facilities.  Linens, a set of towels per person, and light toiletries are provided.
  • Parking – An attached parking garage that can accommodate up to 150 cars.
  • IT/Audio-Visual – Every classroom and the assembly hall spaces offer audio-visual technology.  This includes LCD projectors & screens, computers, lapel microphones, Wi-Fi access, Bluetooth mouse & keyboard, DVD and VHS player, and surround sound.  Events can be audio or video recorded upon request.
  • Hospitality – CTU offers on-site catering options to provide meals, coffee breaks, snacks, party trays, or complete banquet needs, including servers, bartenders, linens, decorations, and special rental needs.

For more information about how CTU can make your gathering special, availability, and pricing, submit a request for proposal.  To schedule a tour, please contact the CTU Events Manager at 773.371.5402 or events@ctu.edu.