With the fall semester in full swing, on-campus life is becoming a reality for students making their way back to Rogers Park.
While students readjust to in-person classes, learning Loyola’s campus can seem daunting, especially with new COVID-19 policies in place.
In an effort to help students become reacquainted with campus facilities, The Phoenix broke down when students can expect to use campus buildings and resources available.
The Damen Student Center
The hours of operation for the Damen Student Center and the food options within the Damen Student Center can be found below.
Besides the number of food options found in Damen, the building is also a one stop shop for lots of student resources – such as the Information Desk and Lost and Found.
This semester also sees the reopening of Ireland’s Pub 10, found on Damen’s lower level. The student-run bar is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. to all members of the university community, but don’t try to buy a drink if you’re under 21.
Damen also continues to require all visitors to display the Loyola Health App prior to entering the building.
The Halas Recreation Center, which is also located in the Damen Student Center, has been available to students throughout summer and will continue to be open for students into fall. Unlike last year, students are no longer required to schedule a reservation in order to use the facility except for group fitness classes. However, the group fitness program will not resume until later into the semester, according to the Campus Recreation page on the Loyola website.
Masks will continue to be required at all times, even while exercising, and visitors are encouraged to wipe down equipment after usage. Halas is now open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday’s hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., respectively. Other features found within Halas, such as the rock wall and pool, are also now available for student use.
Libraries and Information Commons
The Information Commons (IC) is now open from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. until early September when the IC will return to its regular 24-hour operation. Both Cudahy Library at Lake Shore Campus and Lewis Library at Water Tower Campus have reopened with their hours of operation being 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.
Masks are required in every library at all times, and all visitors must display the Loyola Health App and swipe in with their active Loyola campus ID card. The libraries’ numerous services, like the Writing Center and Equipment Loaning, are also available for students’ use.
Madonna della Strada Chapel
Since June 20, Loyola’s Madonna della Strada Chapel has been following Chicago’s Phase 5 reopening procedures, welcoming back community members and visitors for in-person services. For those who can’t attend in-person services or prefer not to, Madonna della Strada Chapel continues to provide online streams of Mass. For more information on the Chapel’s liturgy schedule, visit Campus Ministry’s page on the Loyola website.