Ballet Chicago provides supervised housing for ages 11 and up at Chicago's University Center, a secure, state-of-the-art downtown student residence close to Chicago's best stores, finest restaurants, cultural attractions, museums, theaters, parks, and lake-front beaches. Located just five blocks from the Ballet Chicago studios, the dorm is staffed by experienced chaperones who live on-site. Extensive supervised activities are available to all dorm students. Annual favorites include Broadway in Chicago, Millennium Park Concerts, Chicago Cruise Line, Museum of Science and Industry, Art Institute of Chicago. Housing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, as demand may exceed capacity.
All suites are fully furnished with basic satellite television service, basic phone service and high-speed Internet access. Students share a suite with two other people. Each suite consists of two rooms and one bathroom to share. Other amenities include:
30,000 square foot dining facility
20,000 square foot beautifully landscaped outdoor terrace
31,000 square feet of street-level retail services
24/7 on-site management, maintenance and security staff
Must be accompanied by BC chaperone
Music practice rooms
Located on floor, includes kitchenette, TV, and couches
Weekly laundry days announced and supervised by chaperones
Machines are card operated
Towels and sheets included in suite
Students age 18 and over may choose alternative unchaperoned accommodations. Please contact Brittany Hurst at or 312-251-8838 to inform us of your decision to opt out of dorm housing.
MOVE-IN & MOVE-OUT
525 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Orientation Meeting* Sunday, July 26 at 1:30pm
Move-in Sunday, July 26
Move-out** Saturday, August 8 by 11:00am
*MANDATORY @ Ballet Chicago: Meet Ballet Chicago summer staff and chaperones and overview pertinent information about the programs
**Move-out: For afternoon departures, luggage may be checked at the University Center. It is, however, advised that transportation be arranged to coincide with check-out times. Students attending both sessions will be permitted to stay in the dorms between sessions.
Upon check-in, the student will receive an access card to their suite. This card and a photo ID must be presented at all times upon entering the University Center. The Ballet Chicago ID card should also be carried by the student at all times. In order to check in to the dormitories, each student will need to provide a photo ID (Driver's License, School ID, State ID or passport are acceptable).
University Center is an independent contractor and is not part of the Ballet Chicago organization. Students who choose to stay in the dormitories are required to follow the rules in accordance with University Center and the additional regulations for curfew and dorm behavior set by Ballet Chicago. These rules and regulations have been established in order to promote the best physical well-being for the professional training the students are receiving.
University Center Dorms:
All students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone within all areas of the University Center. This rule is a mandatory requirement of the University Center. There is one chaperone for every 15 students. Residents over the age of 18 must not leave the building floor without notifying a chaperone and must obey curfew. Residents must not leave the building after curfew.
Studios and Activities:
In order to more effectively supervise our students, the School of Ballet Chicago has developed the following system to monitor students’ travels and activities. All students, regardless of chaperone level are escorted by a chaperone within the University Center. For travel outside of the University Center, including outings and field trips, Ballet Chicago has implemented the following system:
UNCHAPERONED: The student may travel to and from any area outside the studio or dormitories on their own, without supervision.
BUDDY SYSTEM: The student may travel to and from any area outside the studio or dormitories as long as they are with ONE other person.**
GROUP: The student may travel to and from any area outside the studio or dormitories as long as they are in a GROUP OF 4 (3 other people and themselves).**
CHAPERONED: The student MAY NOT travel to and from any area outside the studio or dormitories unless they are with a Chaperone, Resident Advisor or Designated Adult (i.e. parent or relative).
Ballet Chicago issues an identification card to all housed or commuter students. The card is used to identify the student's chaperone level. The University Center issues a key card/photo ID to each student. The card is used to allow admittance into the University Center dorms. The Ballet Chicago identification card and the University Center issued key card/photo ID must be kept on all students at all times.
Please read and discuss the options listed above with your child. It is imperative that all parties understand the student-chaperone system and adhere to it.
A $20.00 fee will be charged to the student if the chaperone level is changed. Please decide carefully when choosing the appropriate level for your child. Students will also be charged a $20 fee for replacing a lost card.
**Please note: The term “person/people” can refer to another student, relative, etc. It does not refer to a Chaperone, Resident Advisor or Ballet Chicago Staff member.
Ballet Chicago reserves the right to contact parents for pre-approval of any activities and reserves the right to refuse permission to students to leave the dormitory for any reason whatsoever if it concludes that it is in the best interest of the student. However, Ballet Chicago has no obligation to draw such conclusions. We reserve the right to final judgment with regard to any activity or event in which your son or daughter wishes to engage
COMMUTING TO & AROUND CHICAGO
O'Hare International Airport - approximately 18 miles from BC
Midway international Airport - approximately 12 miles from BC
Car Service to and from Airport
Crystal Limosine Group: 866-546-6018
Yellow Cab Chicago: 312-829-4222
Uber & Lyft
VISITOR RULES & DORM CURFEW
Please email Brittany Hurst at and Hannah Rosenfeld at to notify BC staff and chaperones of any change in your dancer's schedule. This covers early departure from the dorm, visits with family and friends, extended absences during the program. Please give us as much advanced notice as possible so that all staff is informed of the dancer's change of schedule. Visits must not conflict with scheduled classes or curfew. Saturday classes are mandatory.
Listed below are the curfew times for students residing in the dormitories for the Summer Intensive and Repertory Workshop. Students are expected to be in the University Center on the Ballet Chicago floor by their respective curfew.
Ages 11-14 Floor Curfew: 8:30pm Room Curfew: 9:00pm
Ages 15-16 Floor Curfew: 9:30pm Room Curfew: 10:00pm
Ages 17+ . Floor Curfew: 10:30pm Room Curfew: 11:00pm
Ages 11-14 Floor Curfew: 9:00pm Room Curfew: 11:30pm
Ages 15-16 Floor Curfew: 10:00pm Room Curfew: 11:30pm
Ages 17+ . Floor Curfew: 11:30pm Room Curfew: 11:30pm
DINING HALL HOURS
Monday - Friday May 18 - June 16 Saturday & Sunday May 18 - June 16
Breakfast: 7:00am - 9:30am Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm Dinner: 4:00pm - 7:00PM
Dinner: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Monday - Friday June 16 - August 18 Saturday & Sunday June 16 - August 18
Breakfast: 6:30am - 9:00am Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm Dinner: 4:00pm - 7:00PM
Dinner: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Sack lunches will be available.