GEMS World Academy Chicago 350 East South Water Street Chicago, IL 60601 Phone: 312.809.8941
Office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (Evening and weekend appointments available by request.)
GEMS Visitor Policy
At GEMS World Academy Chicago, our commitment to the safety and well-being of our students and employees requires the regulation of access to school buildings. Schools should be open to visits from parents and other interested parties to the extent that visits do not compromise safety and do not disrupt learning environments
School Visitor Procedures for All School Visitors
The main entrance of the school building shall be used for all exits and entries to the school, except in cases of fire or emergency.
All visitors must immediately report to the reception desk to identify themselves and log-into the Visit U platform, the visitor management system.
All visitors must sign the school security visitor management system, located at the first-floor reception desk. The system requires visitors agree to this policy and provide their name, purpose of visit or person they are visiting, a scan of their driver's license and photo capture for security purposes.
Visitors must wear or display their visitor’s badge at all times while on school premises.
All visitors must sign out on the visitor’s log prior to exiting the building and return their visitor badge to security.
Parents and visitors will not be allowed open access to the hallways of the floors above the reception area. We ask parents and visitors to make pre-scheduled appointments with GWA faculty members to avoid disruptions of student instructional times.
Parents and visitors may only access the location they are scheduled to visit and return directly to the reception area when activity is completed.
When dropping a student off or picking a student up, parents will wait in the lounge and the student will be escorted to class at the start of the day or will meet you on the 1st floor when leaving the school. This will ensure the safe and secure management of our shared space.
All items dropped off for a student will be left at the receptionist desk on the main floor and will be delivered to for you. Please note if the item is time-sensitive and we will accommodate the request.
Our school is located at 350 East South Water Street. To get here from Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street, drive east on Randolph Street, and stay to the right side to remain on the upper level. Take Randolph to the stop sign at Field Boulevard and turn left. Take Field Blvd. to the next stop sign (Benton), turn right onto Benton and take it around to our school building. (Benton becomes South Water Street.)
Parking is available for registered guests in the GEMS garage, the entrance to which is located east of the school, where South Water Street meets Field Blvd. Upon arrival at our garage gate, please push the intercom button so our receptionist can raise the entry gate. Plan to enter the school through the main entrance and check in at the reception desk. Please bring a photo ID with you to enter the building.
From the North Take I-90 East toward Chicago (Portions toll). Take the East Washington Blvd./100 North Exit (exit 51C). Turn left onto W. Washington Blvd. Turn left onto N. Michigan Avenue. Turn Right onto Randolph Street and follow the above directions.
From the South Take I-94 West toward the Chicago Loop. Take the East Washington Blvd./100 North Exit (exit 51C). Turn right onto W. Washington Blvd. Turn left onto N. Michigan Avenue. Turn right onto Randolph Street and follow the above directions.
From the West Take I-290 East (Eisenhower Expressway). Merge onto West I90/I94 (Kennedy Expressway) towards Wisconsin. Take the East Washington Blvd./100 North Exit (exit 51C). Turn right onto W. Washington Blvd. Turn left onto N. Michigan Avenue. Turn right onto Randolph Street and follow the above directions.