El Centro architect Juan Moreno speaks at the Sept. 30 ribbon-cutting event.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

If you’d like to go behind the scenes for a personal tour of Northeastern Illinois University’s acclaimed new El Centro location, now is the time.

In conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, JGMA architect Juan Moreno will lead two tours of the Avondale building—one in English and one in Spanish—on Nov. 10.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for members. The English tour is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the Spanish tour is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

El Centro’s Sept. 30 grand opening was attended by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, among other dignitaries. The building has received rave reviews from the architecture community.

El Centro offers degree programs in social work, computer science, justice studies and special education, plus an array of general education courses. El Centro also serves the surrounding community through programs such as English as a second language, health and financial seminars, and computer literacy courses.

The building has the capacity to serve 2,500 students, twice the number as the former storefront location. El Centro serves nontraditional, part-time and returning adult student populations as well as traditional first-year and transfer students.