3 Nov 2021 | Newcity

Steppenwolf Debuts Lefkofsky Center

Steppenwolf has opened its new 50,000 square foot theater building and education center, the Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Arts and Education Center, designed by world-renowned architect Gordon Gill FAIA of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, with theater design and acoustics by Charcoalblue and construction by Norcon.

Among its features: the arts-driven learning for Chicago youth space of The Loft, Steppenwolf’s first dedicated education space. The expanded Steppenwolf campus also features bright new lobbies and two full-service bars designed by fc STUDIO, inc.

Opening to the public this month as in-person performances return to Steppenwolf, the Lefkofsky Center is the largest permanent cultural asset to open in the City of Chicago in 2021. The $54 million building is part of Steppenwolf’s multi-phase $73 million Building on Excellence expansion campaign.

“Working with Steppenwolf has been a special experience—their clear intention of accessibility for all has transformed the space,” says architect Gordon Gill in a release. “Architecturally the design fits within the character of the neighborhood, while embodying the personality of this singular company: inviting, intimate, and rugged. The concrete honors the founders, their strength and the original foundation they built while the complementary warm wood tones and splashes of color celebrate the newer ensemble members and next chapter.”