Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies


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Completion Size Budget
November 2007 155,000 GSF $55,000,000


618 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
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The stunning new facility includes enhanced gallery, classroom and library space, a 400-seat theatre, event space with dramatic views of Lake Michigan and Grant Park, a children’s center, a café, giftshop and state-of-the-art storage capabilities for the collections of the Spertus Museum, the Asher Library and the Chicago Jewish Archives.

The ten-story faceted window wall that forms the façade of the new Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies is built from 726 windows in 556 different shapes. The geometry of the façade is unique because the surface is constantly tilting in three dimensions, resulting in individual units of glass that are parallelograms rather than rectangles. Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin called the new building "boldly innovative" and "skillfully done" and wrote, "The building will strike a remarkable balance between respecting the row and making a powerful contemporary statement."

  • Contract Preparation
  • RFP & RFQ Processes
  • Site Selection
  • Visioning Charettes
  • Concept Modeling
  • Financial Analysis
  • Fundraising
  • Consensus Building
  • Feasibility Studies and Reports
  • Master Planning
  • Financing
  • Building the Team
  • Management and Oversight