Allen Center bedroom

Although learning drives life at the Allen Center, our commitment to excellence extends beyond the classroom. We take service very seriously.

During your stay, you will enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom with views of Northwestern University’s campus or the lakefront. Bedding, bath towels, an iron and a hairdryer are provided for you, and daily housekeeping service ensures a clean and comfortable environment throughout your stay. All 150 of our bedrooms come with Ethernet connections and telephones with voice mail that can be accessed from phones in the building. Best of all, your commute to class each morning is only a brief elevator ride or quick walk downstairs from your room.

As you walk the halls, you may wish to explore the Allen Center’s Inuit art collection, one of the most extensive of its kind in the United States. From the early days of the Allen Center, our planners have emphasized the importance of art in common areas. Three major contemporary works have been commissioned and installed: “Sound Sculpture” by Harry Bertoia, “Windover” by Richard Hunt and a large-scale fiber structure by Dorothy Hughes. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the collection has grown over the years, and it now contains more than 300 pieces of art, carefully curated and mounted throughout the building.

Self-service snack rooms are open around the clock, and large-screen, cable televisions are located in several of the lounges spread throughout the building. A washing machine and dryer are available as well.

We are happy to provide handicapped-accessible rooms upon request.


Allen Center dining room

Many past Executive Education participants have been amused to find that life at the Allen Center seems to revolve around food, and they appreciate the expertise our staff bring to the table. An espresso café and stations for omelets, sandwiches, and salads add character to elaborate breakfast and lunch buffets. Our head chef works hard to delight your palate, creating sumptuous dinners with international flavor. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks, a cocktail hour, and well-stocked pantries for late-night snacks ensure that you will never go hungry.

Three large dining rooms and several smaller ones offer a dining experience for every occasion. Enjoy our glass-enclosed atrium and garden dining rooms, or take in the lakefront scenery from the S.C. Johnson Wax dining room. Private dining rooms accommodate small group meetings and study groups. Centrally located lounge areas have televisions and beverage service capabilities for coffee and social hours, while large outdoor decks are perfect for informal gatherings.

Allen Center lobby


You can maintain your workout schedule — or begin a new one — in the Allen Center’s Bally Fitness Room, where you’ll find treadmills, an elliptical machine, a stationary bicycle, weight-training equipment and resistance machines. A few moments in the adjacent sauna can be both relaxing and refreshing.

Our guests may also enjoy complimentary use of the Olympic-sized pool, 1/8-mile track, tennis, squash and basketball courts located inside Northwestern University’s 95,000-square-foot Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Aquatic Complex — just a short walk from the Allen Center. In addition, the campus offers picturesque lakeside paths for walking, jogging or bicycling.

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