A Conference Center serving the wider community

The James and Catherine Denny Center at Catholic Theological Union
5416 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago

Catholic Theological Union at Chicago is pleased to offer conference and gathering spaces to not-for-profit organizations who share the mission of CTU.

Located in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood, CTU is minutes from all the attractions of Chicago and just steps from beautiful Lake Michigan. Here, groups will find the convenience of being in an urban setting with the restfulness of a quiet neighborhood by the water.

Built in 2006, CTU’s Denny Center, Academic and Conference Center was designed as both a school of theology and a place to serve the wider community. This centerpiece of the CTU campus offers:

  • Assembly space
  • Classrooms
  • Conference space
  • Reception space
  • Liturgical space
  • Parking garage

Groups from 2 to 300 are able to gather for one day to multiple weeks.  Whatever the purpose – anniversaries, assemblies or chapters, banquets, classes, conferences, graduations, holiday gatherings, lectures, luncheons, receptions, retreats, reunions, seminars, workshops – CTU will work with you to accommodate your needs.

Catholic Theological Unions’s Academic and Conference Center is located:

  • 15 minutes from downtown Chicago via Lake Shore Drive
  • 22 minutes from Midway Airport
  • 35 minutes from O’Hare International Airport

CTU is easily accessible from Interstates 90, 94, 55, and 290, and only one block from  CTA buses and Metra stops.

Rent Our Space

CTU has the right combination of space for your group gathering:

  • 5 large gathering spaces (including a grand assembly hall that seats up to 350)
  • 7 classrooms
  • 3-4 small break-out rooms
  • 4 conference rooms
  • 4 reception areas (including an art gallery)
  • 2 chapels
  • Meditation room.

These rooms and gathering spaces all offer flexible seating and can be used for multiple purposes.

Download our facilities brochure.


In addition to the various meeting and prayer space options, CTU offers the following:

  • Planning – On-site Events Coordinator to help you plan
  • Parking – An attached parking garage in the main building can accommodate up to 150 cars.
  • IT/Audio-Visual – Every classroom and the assembly hall spaces offer audio-visual technology.  This includes LCD projectors & screens, computers, lapel microphones, Wi-Fi access, Bluetooth mouse & keyboard, DVD and VHS player, and surround sound.  Events can be audio or video recorded at additional cost.
  • Hospitality – CTU offers on-site catering options to provide meals, coffee breaks, snacks, party trays, or complete banquet needs, including servers, bartenders, linens, decorations, and special rental needs.

For more information about how CTU can make your gathering special, availability, and pricing, submit a request for proposal.  To schedule a tour, please contact the CTU Events Manager at 773.371.5402 or events@ctu.edu.

Organization Requirements

In order to host an event in our conference space, the organization must provide the following:

  • 501 (c) 3 Status – All organizations hosting an event at CTU must be a Not-for-profit/501(c)3 organization.
  • Certificate of Insurance – All organizations hosting an event at CTU must warrant and produce evidence in the form of a Certificate of Insurance that it’s insurance coverage that the Licensor is specifically “added as an additional insured’ under Licensee’s policy for Comprehensive General Liability coverage for property damage and bodily injury, including death of $1,000,000 per occurrence, with an aggregate of $2 million. This coverage shall be considered primary insurance and any other coverage available to CTU shall be excess.