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The current campus of Shimer College is the Chicago campus, in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago.

In its history, Shimer has had four campuses in three locations:

  1. The Seminary campus, similar in style to a prosperous 19th-century farm, was built gradually through the 1850s and 1860s, and when completed, contained four interconnected buildings as well as outbuildings and a windmill. It was entirely destroyed by fire in the early 20th century.
  2. The Mount Carroll campus consisted of twelve buildings in the Georgian Revival style, with some additional brick buildings built during the expansion of the early and mid-1960s. It was abandoned due to budgetary constraints in 1978.
  3. The Waukegan campus consisted of a collection of vintage houses, a YWCA gymnasium, and a Victorian-era apartment building. It was left behind in 2006 when the Shimer community decided to move to Chicago.
  4. The Chicago campus is shared with the Illinois Institute of Technology.


This page is part of the Shimer College Wiki, an independent documentation project. Shimer College, the Great Books college of Chicago, is not responsible for its content.



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