Columbia Weekend

Columbia Weekend 2016

Registration begins September 15th and closes October 6th.

Make your accommodations early!

Reserve your tickets here!

The Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC) Crawl


Friday, October 20, 4–9 p.m.

400 – 1200 S. Wabash Ave. (between Van Buren Street and Roosevelt Road)

The Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC), Chicago’s new center of public art, presents the 2017 WAC Crawl, a free public event along Wabash Avenue from Congress Parkway to Roosevelt Road. This year’s celebration features exhibitions, performances and events from businesses and major cultural and educational institutions in the South Loop and coincides with Columbia Weekend, Columbia College Chicago’s signature “welcome back” event of the Fall semester. 

WAC Crawl Schedule

Parent and Family Programming


Friday, October 20–Saturday, October 21

It is our pleasure to invite you to Columbia College Chicago’s Annual Columbia Weekend.

Friday night, join us for a weekend of student performances, stunning art and meaningful social engagement on Columbia’s campus.

On Saturday, participate in dynamic intellectual discussions with faculty, experience your student’s academic journey through departmental presentations, and attend the President’s Reception! That evening, watch Columbia’s new student community, joined by Chicago’s creative communities, process down South Michigan Avenue on the Cultural Mile in a new city-wide event: The Halloween Gathering.

Don’t miss this enjoyable opportunity for insightful discovery and engagement within your student’s community! 

The Halloween Gathering on the Chicago Cultural Mile

halloween gathering

Saturday, October 21

Parade: 6–8 p.m. Along Columbus Drive, from Balbo Street to Monroe Street.

Presented by the Chicago Cultural Mile, this dramatic display activates Halloween as the “artist’s holiday” along one of the most prestigious cultural avenues in the world. Columbia College Chicago will join world-renowned institutions including the Field Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and others for a magical evening. Students and families are welcome to meet at 618 S. Michigan at 5:30p to walk as a group with our Student Leaders.