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Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus Residence Halls


Saint Xavier's seventy-four acre Chicago campus is nestled in a residential neighborhood in southwest Chicago, consisting of several higher education classroom buildings including the Warde Academic Center, Graham School of Management, Driehaus Center, the Andrew Conference Center, and the off-campus Visual Arts Center. Surrounded by beautiful grounds and outdoor spaces, the Warde Academic Center, at 290,000 square feet, is the largest building on campus and houses numerous classrooms, science and computer laboratories, the McGuire Hall auditorium, the Robert and Mary Rita Murphy Stump Library, wireless internet Diner and Coffee Cats, a coffee kiosk.

The Urso Outdoor Sports Center is adjacent to the recently expanded Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field, where Cougar football and soccer teams play. A new synthetic running track was installed around the football field in summer 2017 and the football field artificial turf was replaced in summer 2018. The 85,000 square foot Shannon Center is home to the Athletic Department, a 6,000 square foot fitness center, 1/8th-mile indoor running track, racquetball court, a large intramural practice gym and Bob Hallberg Court, where volleyball and basketball teams play. Every year the University holds the commencement ceremonies in the Shannon Center.

The WXAV radio station and The Xavierite newspaper operate out of the Campus Media Center near the softball field, home to the Cougars softball team. Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field on the northwest side of campus is home to Cougar baseball. Clinical facilities for Speech and Learning Disabilities are located on the lower level of Pacelli Hall. Chapel Services are held in the 210 seat McDonough Chapel in the Mercy Ministry Center.

Lake Marion, a small lake surrounded by a lighted walking trail, is in the center of the campus and provides a scenic backdrop to many campus activities. Pacelli Hall is a traditional style residence hall for freshmen. Additionally, there are four "apartment-style" residence halls: O'Brien, Rubloff, Morris and McCarthy, which are centered on the expansive Schmitt Quadrangle. McCarthy and Morris halls have 50 apartments, with the majority of the units consisting of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and kitchenette. Inside Morris Hall is a Starbucks with wireless internet accessibility. Rhubarb's is a convenience store located within McCarthy Hall. Rubloff Hall was the first Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) residence hall to be built for higher education in Illinois. This "green" building is five stories with 26 apartments, offices for Residence Life and two expansive lounge or conference room spaces. This state-of-the-art environmentally sensitive complex received the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold certification. O'Brien Hall is also a "LEED" building. Both O'Brien Hall and Rubloff Hall have "green" roofs. These roofs align both buildings with many other sustainable, environmentally friendly operations.

Saint Xavier has 13 parking lots spread along the border of the campus. Parking Lot 6, located north of McCarthy Hall, is a 98-space pervious-paver parking facility, keeping with the University's commitment to environmental sensitivity. A campus shuttle also operates on and off campus for convenience and ease of transportation.

The University was gifted a tract of property along the south side of 103rd Street, the Driehaus Center, which includes Gilhooley's Grande Saloon, a traditional Irish Pub and former storefronts with parking situated one block west of the Graham School of Management. The red-bricked Southside pub and eatery consists of architectural artifacts of cut glass, stained glass, oak fretwork, gas lamps and original poster artworks from the American Poster Golden Age between 1890 and 1910. The storefronts have been converted into a counseling center, two classrooms, faculty offices, and the newly renovated Health Center.