Venue Information

Here at CSU we value our customers.  That is why it is important for you to understand that the University is not closing.  Like all public universities in the state of Illinois we continue to face the same financial crisis due to the 2016 budget not passing.  But our commitment to our students and customers remains strong.   We are working behind the scenes to mitigate this problem and we are hopeful that a new and stronger CSU will emerge.

While in this process, please know that CSU will remain open, continue to host events and continue with business as usual, and so be confident in booking your next event at CSU. Our professional events team is ready to work with you and assures that your event will go on as scheduled, with a great team of professional employees.    


Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center

Chicago State University

9501 South King Dr.

Chicago, IL 60628

About the Jones Convocation Center:

The Jones Convocation Center (JCC), is named after former Senate President Emil Jones Jr. and his late wife Patricia, a graduate of Chicago State University. JCC is a $47 million multi-purpose facility.

Opening Date:

The Jones Convocation Center officially opened in the Fall of 2007 and now serves as the home to the Chicago State University Athletic Department and the men's and women's basketball teams.


The Jones Convocation Center's arena is over 140,000 sq. ft.

Seating Capacity:

Up to 6,000 patrons


Ample parking, on-site security, multiple concession areas, a large and bright main lobby, eight locker rooms, a weight room, a training room, a media room, and a reception area.


CSU Commencement Ceremony

CSU Basketball Games

CPS Basketball Tournaments

CPS Graduations


Theatrical Productions

Government Job Fairs

Family Shows


The Jones Convocation Center is centrally located at the merge of the I-57 and I-94 expressways, which is easily accessed by I-294, I-80, and I-55.