CRSM Receives Prestigious Driehaus Award for Innovative Kmart Transformation

Cristo Rey St. Martin is honored to be named one of nine top-winning preservation projects in the state by the 2021 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards. The adaptive reuse award honors CRSM for converting and transforming the empty Kmart into a thriving, innovative high school – and bringing activity back to the area that sat empty for … Read More

CRSM Building Architect Creates Transformative Work

Katie LaCourt’s dream to become an architect was inspired in the kitchen during high school when her family was renovating their Milwaukee home. Today, at 29, LaCourt is an accomplished architect and is among a league of women worldwide who are blazing a trail in the male-dominated field with their unique brand of female design creativity. Like these pioneers, LaCourt … Read More

President’s Pen: Last Day/First Day: Saying Hello and Goodbye to our Old and New Buildings

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, students, staff and faculty gathered for the last time in the “cafechapaymatorium” before moving to the new school building Tuesday, the following week. Here, President Preston Kendall shares his thoughts on the transformation from closing one chapter in the school’s story in “Last Day.” Below, in “First Day,” he also chronicles the beginning of the … Read More

Architect’s Newspaper Features New CRSM Campus Plans

The Architect’s Newspaper featured plans for our new building in their Jan, 11, 2017 issue: JGMA overhauls a former Kmart for a progressive Chicago high school program Before JGMA was given the job to design a new school for the Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep (CRSM), it was working with students and faculty in design charrettes. The high school … Read More

President’s Pen: Making the World a Better Place

Last week the News Sun, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald and WBBM Radio ran stories about a recent Waukegan City Council meeting where our zoning request was approved to turn the vacant Waukegan Kmart into the future home of Cristo Rey St. Martin. We weren’t trying to get any coverage – we couldn’t have gotten that much press if we tried! … Read More

Cristo Rey St. Martin in the News

As Cristo Rey St. Martin celebrates its second decade of educating students, its success has made headlines recently in The Chicago Tribune, The Daily Herald, The Daily North Shore and Forest & Bluff magazine. Plans to accommodate the fast-growing student population and a planned move across Waukegan to a larger school facility in a former Kmart made headlines in the … Read More