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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Chicago campus is shared with the Illinois Institute of Technology.