DeVry University Relocates Chicago Campus To Former Sears Building

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- DeVry University is taking over the first floor of the former Sears building on West Lawrence Avenue in Ravenswood.

Students and staff from the Keller Graduate School of Management will relocate from the campus on 3300 N. Campbell Ave.

“We’re really excited about making the move into the new location and it always comes with a lot of thought and preparedness and care for our students when we decide, as a university, to make a move into a new location,” said Scarlett Howery, Vice President of Campus Operations.

Construction is now complete with a new sign above the doorway and an occupancy permit from the City of Chicago is expected next week. 

“Our final inspections are scheduled for July 21 with the City of Chicago. Once we have that certificate of occupancy, we’re able to immediately occupy the space," Howery said.

The 17,500 square foot floor was redeveloped from a retail layout to a modern campus space. 

"It will feature a refreshed, open concept design with a commons area for our students, we’ll also have 10 classrooms in this new space and in one of those classrooms we'll have a virtual connected classroom where students from different campuses can connect in one classroom and be able to see each other, talk to each other, collaborate with each other,” added Howery.

DeVry University is still working on its return plan for campuses nationwide amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Currently DeVry is fully remote throughout the country, because of the pandemic, once we determine when we’ll be returning to the campuses, we will return to this new location. We don’t know yet if that will be in the fall for our September session or if it will be sometime in the future, but that will be our new space," she said.