UNO Soccer Academy High School

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) believes in the power of architecture to transform education and revitalize communities. An essential part of UNO’s mission: design today’s schools for tomorrow’s world with epic passion and imagination. As the second addition to the site, the new high school serves to anchor the campus, seamlessly connecting to the existing elementary school and future site development. While pedestrian connectivity and public open spaces are paramount, other features include:

High visibility to promote community engagement

Outdoor space used as a living, learning laboratory

A large community plaza and soccer field

Convenient access to public transportation

Connection to local parks and area schools

Minimized vehicular circulation, parking and other impervious surfaces

The design is essentially a 'glass ring' partially shrouded by a striking metal panel. Playful and dramatic angles announce the main entry, gymnasium, and courtyard. As the central hub of the school and community, the courtyard features an energetic and welcoming glass façade linking the interior and exterior. Natural light is maximized to promote a heightened sense of community. The project goal of becoming LEED-Gold-certified was achieved due to the efficiencies in the design and construction. 

The school embodies what UNO believes educational facilities should represent: the hopes and dreams of their local communities.

Architect of Record

Wight & Company


UNO Charter Schools

General Contractor

Wight Construction


  • Primera
  • Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers, Inc.
  • TERRA Engineering, Ltd.