Chicago’s Loop is the city’s central business district. It contains the city’s greatest concentration of commercial offices, museums, and tourist attractions, in addition to City Hall and the central offices for Cook County. Alongside these important institutions, the Loop is home to a large number of colleges and universities, ranging from two-year community colleges to professional schools to large, four-year universities. In all, there are 22 for-profit and not-for-profit higher education institutions in the Loop that collectively enroll 58,000 students at their Loop campuses.
These colleges and universities enhance the quality of life for students, alumni, and residents in many ways. While the total historical, cultural, social, and economic benefits that these universities provide to the Loop are in some ways immeasurable, in this report we present a broad array of data and research that demonstrate the importance of these institutions to the Loop.