If you want to study art, you have to be where the artists are. Just 20 miles from Trinity, downtown Chicago is hard to beat as the backdrop for an education in art and design.
Navigating the world of art and design, like any kind of cross-cultural experience, is best learned through immersion; immersion drives important cultural conversations for students. Trinity combines world-class visual and performing arts institutions and internship opportunities with one-on-one attention on campus.
From The Art Institute of Chicago, to the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago boasts a thriving slate of internationally influential art museums. In addition, other mid-sized and university-based museums incubate a robust collection of galleries, from internationally recognized institutions such as the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (exhibiting cutting-edge contemporary art for 97 years), to a host of primary market commercial galleries, as well as Chicago’s legendary independent and artist-run gallery scene.
Chicago is also home to several premier graphic design firms such as Draft FCB and Leo Burnett where several alumni currently work. These leading U.S. firms anchor a broad slate of hundreds of firms specializing in everything from traditional print design, to cutting-edge, web-based applications; two of those firms, colorandstory and Cultivate Studios were founded by recent Trinity graduates.
Wait, there's even more. Chicago is home to the Lyric Opera of Chicago (America’s first opera company), the internationally renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and world-class dance companies such as the Joffrey Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Its museum campus on Lake Michigan includes the Field Museum of Natural History where a Trinity graduate, Ray Leo ’78, runs the exhibit production shop and where several Trinity students have interned. Chicago is also the world’s gem in terms of Modern architecture, as the world’s greatest architects flocked to the city’s “clean slate” in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Chicago has perhaps the best theatre scene in the country anchored by the Goodman and Steppenwolf where John Malkovich and John Cusack got their start. Hit the Hot Tix booth for half-price tickets the day of the show. And then there's the music; every band you've ever listened to plays Chicago. Don't forget. This is Wilco's hometown.
World-Class (mostly free) Fun
Beyond the arts, the city’s brilliant entertainment and public spaces such as Millennium Park and Navy Pier. On any given day one can see famous public artworks, catch free concerts, or enjoy a delicious Chicago-style hotdog or slice of deep-dish pizza, while walking, jogging or biking for 20 miles along the sapphire waters of Lake Michigan. There are miles of beaches and lakefront recreation areas. Not to mention the Bears, the Bulls and Derrick Rose, 2005 World Champion White Sox and the 1908 World Champion Cubs.