The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Announces its Relocation to New Hyde Park Location in Summer 2023

January 11, 2023

CHICAGO, IL – January 11, 2023 – The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) is pleased to announce its summer 2023 relocation to the campus of Catholic Theological Union (CTU) at 5416 South Cornell in Hyde Park. This news follows the seminary’s decision, shared in a joint public announcement last May, to sell its current facility in Hyde Park to the University of Chicago.

Shot looking up at the entrance to the Catholic Theological Union

“This move is a pivotal moment in our history as we position our school to be a thriving global seminary that forms leaders sent into the world,” said LSTC President James Nieman in a video message to the campus community. “Our school will be on stronger financial footing, able to invest in strategic areas while opening the door for innovation and growth.”

Under the terms of a mutual letter of intent, LSTC will be able to lease from Catholic Theological Union through at least 2048. This agreement grants LSTC access to the space on CTU’s fourth floor. While a portion of this space is already designed and finished, LSTC has engaged the CVG Architectural firm to complete the remaining west half of the fourth floor, including offices, classrooms, meeting rooms, gathering areas, and a chapel.

A 3D schematic of the fourth floor of the CTU. A blue overlay divides the floor in half, showing which portion will be moving into.

“We’re delighted to have the Lutheran School of Theology join us in our building,” said Barbara Reid, OP, President of CTU. “Sharing our space with LSTC will bring numerous benefits to both schools, building on our existing modes of collaboration through the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. This agreement also demonstrates a responsible use of space and resources in the spirit of Pope Francis’ vision of Laudato Si.”

For more information regarding the new location, please watch President Nieman’s video message to the campus community. You can stay up-to-date regarding the sale and relocation of LSTC by visiting our relocation website at lstc.edu/relocation.

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