On Friday, May 10, 2019, Columbia College Chicago will celebrate the work of its graduating students with its Manifest Urban Arts Festival, an unrivaled public and cultural event in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood in its 19th year.

Manifest is a vehicle for more than 80 showcases featuring film screenings, lectures, gallery exhibitions, performances, fashion, radio and television broadcasts and more. Also featuring two outdoor student stages, a kick-off parade and street performances, the day will culminate with a Manifest Headliner performance on our Mainstage for an exciting show.

Manifest presents engaging, thought-provoking and playful art, music and visuals that only Columbia students can create.


Your 2019 Manifest theme is "Amplify".

am·pli·fy (ăm′plə-fī′) - v. am·pli·fied, am·pli·fy·ing, am·pli·fies

  • To make larger or more powerful (as in amount, importance, or intensity)

  • To increase the strength of; especially : to make louder

  • To expand in stating or describing, as by details or illustrations; clarify by expanding

  • To discourse at length; expatiate or expand one's remarks, speech, ideas, etc.


The city’s diversity is what makes Chicago unique and the perfect backdrop for Manifest. The festival is located in the heart of Chicago’s culturally rich neighborhood known as the South Loop along the Wabash Arts Corridor between Michigan and Clark and Congress and Roosevelt. Whether you are a part of the Columbia community, a prospective student, Chicagoan, or supporter of the arts, Manifest is not to be missed.

Getting Here by Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)


Red Line
Exit the train at the Harrison station (State and Polk) and walk east onto Wabash Avenue. Walk 1-2 blocks south along Wabash Avenue. Or, exit the train at the Roosevelt station (State and Roosevelt) and walk one block east onto Wabash Avenue.

Green and Orange Lines
Exit the Roosevelt station (State and Roosevelt) and walk one block east onto Wabash Avenue. Make a left onto Wabash Avenue.

Bus Routes

1, 3, 4, 6, 26, 28, 29, J14, 62, 146

The fare for CTA buses, subway and elevated trains is approximately $3.00 per ride. Visitor passes are also available for unlimited 1-day, 3-days, or 7-days online at or at a Ventra vending machine inside subway stations.