Loyola Academy is located at 1100 Laramie Avenue in Wilmette, Illinois.
Getting to Loyola
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From the south: Take I-94 north to the Lake Street West exit (34B). Merge on to Lake Avenue and stay in the right lane. Turn right at the first traffic light - Laramie Avenue.
From the north: Take I-94 south to the Skokie Boulevard exit (34A). Stay in the right lane and turn right on to Lake Street. Continue over the overpass and then turn right at the next light - Laramie Avenue.
From the west: Take Euclid/Lake Avenue east past Waukegan Road. Turn left on to Laramie Avenue. If you pass over I-94, you have gone too far east.
From the east: Take Lake Avenue west past Skokie Boulevard. Turn right on to Laramie Avenue, which is just beyond the I-94 overpass.
Loyola is readily accessible by public transportation. Please note the various options outlined below:
Along Lake Michigan - Metra train — North Line to Downtown Wilmette. The Metra train has a stop in downtown Wilmette, where students can pick up the PACE #421 bus to Loyola.
From Chicago - The Metra train originates on Madison Street in downtown Chicago and makes stops at 2000 N. Ashland, 4600 N. Ravenswood, and 7000 N. Ravenswood in Rogers Park. It continues north with stops at Main Street, Davis Street, and Central Street in Evanston.
From the Wisconsin Border - The Metra train has stations in almost every northern suburb along Lake Michigan. For schedules and times, call Metra at 312.322.6777.
Chicago and Evanston (east) - Take the CTA train to the Linden train station in Wilmette. Students who have access to the CTA elevated train line that runs north to the Howard station in Rogers Park can transfer trains at the Howard station and board the Linden train to the Linden station in Wilmette. At the Linden station, students should board the PACE #421 bus, which will take them to Loyola Academy. For schedules and times, call the RTA at 312.836.7000.
Northwest Chicago - Take the PACE #423 bus, which starts at the Harlem CTA station on the comer of Harlem and Higgins, and makes four stops along Harlem (Touhy, Oakton, Dempster, Golf). Th intersection of Glenview Avenue and Waukegan Road is the last stop before arriving at Loyola. The first bus leaves at 6:44 a.m. and arrives at Loyola at 7:15 a.m. In the afternoon, the first bus leaves Loyola at 3:05 p.m. and the second bus leaves at 3:10 p.m. PACE'S phone number is 847.364.7223.
North Side of Chicago - Take the CTA #54A bus from Irving Park Road and Cicero Avenue. The CTA #54A bus travels north on Cicero (which becomes Skokie Boulevard) and continues to the Old Orchard Shopping Center at Skokie and Old Orchard Roads. At Old Orchard, students can transfer to the PACE #422 bus, which travels to Edens Plaza (Lake Avenue and Skokie Boulevard), three blocks east of Loyola Academy. Students can then walk to the Academy from Edens Plaza.
Students may purchase a monthly pass from PACE. This pass can be used on any PACE bus in the Chicagoland area.
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Parent/Visitor Entrance Policy
For the safety of all students, parents and visitors will be required to enter the school exclusively through the main entrance (Door #1) or the Piazza entrance (Door #6), presenting photo ID at the security desk to receive a visitor's pass.
Beginning March 10, 2020, all visitors to campus during normal school operating hours must have an appointment or a planned meeting in order to enter the building. In addition, we are temporarily suspending college-age alumni visits during the school day. Though we love seeing the smiling faces of our alumni, we feel it is wise to restrict access to the building at this time.
Important Notice Regarding Our Visitor ID System
To enhance security on campus, our Visitor ID System, Raptor, was upgraded over the summer. In doing so, we no longer have access to information that was previously stored in the system. All visitors to Loyola Academy, including parents, will be required to provide a photo ID to be scanned upon entering the building during the school day, even if your ID was previously stored in our system. Therefore, when coming to campus, please allow extra time for this procedure. If possible, we recommend you stop by the Main Lobby (Door #1) or Piazza (Door #6)security desk at your earliest convenience to scan your ID—this will eliminate the need for you to do so in the future, especially before events when there is likely to be a line. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Visitor Parking Permits
All visitors are asked to obtain a Visitor's Parking Permit from the security desk in the main entrance or Piazza. You are invited to store the permit in your car to use on subsequent visits to Loyola Academy. We ask all Loyola students, faculty, staff and visitors to park in a legal parking spot in the lot whenever it is available. Those who choose to utilize Visitor Parking in the drop off/pick up lanes may not park before 8:30 a.m. and must move their vehicles by 2:30 p.m. at the latest. Security personnel in the main lobby can direct you where to park if you need assistance. If you are issued a ticket in error, please contact the Dean’s Office at 847.920.2707.