Explore your Creativity

McAuley allows girls to explore their creativity and express themselves artistically. Our state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and esteemed faculty provide the perfect environment for our girls to gain the confidence to star in our musicals, build sets for our productions, design our yearbook, decorate our hallways with original artwork, and fill out hearts with music.

McAuley fine arts students have been recognized at the national and state levels.

Fine Arts are part of the Curriculum!

Curriculum Guide

As part of McAuley's liberal arts curriculum, students are exposed to the fine arts. During freshman and sophomore years, they are introduced to the arts through beginning level classes and participate in fine arts clubs and activities. As juniors and seniors, students have the option of taking higher level courses.

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Join us for the Not-So-Haunted House!

This annual spooktacular event hosted by our Clubs and Organizations is geared towards kids ages 2-8. Enjoy games and activities led by our students! 

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
4:00 - 6:00pm
Low-sensory time to accommodate children with special needs from 3:30 - 4:00pm
$3 per child, adults are free
Register today!


AP Art students participate in Memory Project

For over 10 years, Mother McAuley Advanced Placement Art students have participated in the Memory Project, which invites high school students to create heartfelt portraits of children living in orphanages around the world. Over the summer, the portraits were delivered to children in Cameroon, and the video below shows their joyous reactions to receiving the artwork.

Join us for Open House

Join us for Open House on Thursday, November 2 from 6:00-8:00pm! 

There will be presentations about academic programs, electives, athletics, financial aid, scholarships and transportation, You will also have a chance to meet students, athletes, coaches, teachers and administration. 

Learn More & Register Today!

Jr High artists attend workshop

The Future Macs are MIGHTY talented! We had the best time sculpting, painting, drawing, and more with all of you at our Junior High Art Workshop.

ABC 7 visits Mother McAuley

WOW, it was a MIGHTY special morning on 99th Street! ABC 7's Terrell Brown sang Taylor Swift with Acapella, sipped Starbucks in the Kitty Mac Cafe, played volleyball with the State Champs, crowd-surfed with MacNation on our turf field, and officially became a Mighty Mac when he threw on the M costume himself.

Our girls truly showed ABC 7 what McAuley is all about, and we did it all before the sun came up!

In case you missed the live broadcast, be sure to check out a few highlights

Rise to the Challenge for Mercy Day of Giving

We know McAuley women are unafraid to face challenges head on. They lead with conviction. They advocate for others with compassion. They set weighty goals and exceed their own expectations.

This Mercy Day of Giving, September 22, we are asking our alumnae, family and friends to Rise to the Challenge and help us reach our goal of raising $150,000 from 600+ donors for Mother McAuley.

This day of giving has a far-reaching impact as we continue our commitment to invest in our students.

It's not too early to support McAuley!
Learn more and donate today!

Rising junior selected for All State Show

Congratulations to Amelie Villasenor '25 who was selected for the All State Show, "She Kills Monsters!" We are so excited and proud! The All State Show rehearses over a series of weekends throughout the year and then is performed at the 2024 Theatre Festival!

Summer camp fun!

Check out photos from our recent summer camps, including softball, photography and more!

Rising sophomore wins Western Golf Association's BMW Championship Tunnel Mural Art Contest

Congratulations to Kaylee Davenport ‘26 for winning the Western Golf Association’s BMW Championship Tunnel Mural Art contest. This artwork will be part of a mural on display at the 2023 BMW Championship August 15th-20th at Olympia Fields Country Club. Tens of thousands of golf fans will pass by the mural on their way to watch the top 50 players on the PGA Tour!

Summer camp fun!

We have had so much fun with our future macs this week! On the court, in the chemistry lab, on the golf course and our very own stage! We are so happy to have you with us at MACNATION!

cART ride for art students

Today we recognized the visual arts students who represented Mother McAuley in the Northern Regional Exhibition with a cart ride. 

Showcasing art students at annual Artapalooza

McAuley's annual Artapalooza was held on Thursday, May 4! It was a great afternoon showcasing our incredibly talented students! Did you know over 570 students participate in one or more art class a year?! We are so proud of all their creations and grateful for the way they brighten our hallways.

Artapalooza 2023 to be held on May 4

McAuley's annual Artapalooza will be held on Thursday, May 4 from 1:40 - 4:00pm! The event showcases the work of our talented art students. Attendees will enjoy viewing the artwork on display, grabbing snacks from food trucks, listening to music, participating in raffles and more. 

Theatre students take on NYC!

Over Spring Break students and teachers from our Performing Arts Department visited New York City! Every minute of the trip was filled with exploring the city, seeing shows, and sharing their music!

Theatre in Our Schools Month donut breakfast

We had a Theatre In Our Schools month donut breakfast this morning! Students who wore a show shirt got donuts and we recognized all the amazing accomplishments of our incredible D-wing!

Cart ride celebrates theatre students

A special cart ride just in time for the end of Theatre In Our Schools Week. This week we celebrated Erin Curran and Ava Petrowski, who were chosen to be members of the crew for the 2023 All State Theatre Production of Shrek the Musical! 

Second semester Macs with Merit announced

Congratulations to our second semester Macs with Merit! These students were selected by a teacher or staff member to receive this award based on their honorable character, diligent work ethic and notable contributions to the McAuley community. We are very proud of these young women!

McAuley holds spring play

Mother McAuley's spring play, Trap, ran on March 9 and 10. Congrats to the cast and crew for a great performance!

Performing Arts students hold Sacred Concert

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Sacred Concert last night. It was so special to gather with many of our neighbors at Mercy Circle and share an evening of sacred music in the beautiful Mercy Chapel.

Sophomore to perform with All-State Orchestra

Congratulations Amanda Schuler ‘25 for being recognized as an All-State Selection by the Illinois Music Education Association! We celebrated this incredible accomplishment in classic Mighty Mac style with a cart ride! Amanda will be performing with the All-State Orchestra this weekend and we are MIGHTY proud!

Tune in to Christmas Day Mass

This Christmas, our very own Liturgical Choir will be joining Cardinal Cupich in celebrating Christmas Day Mass. You can watch the televised Mass this Sunday at 8a.m. on ABC!

Christmas Prayer Service

What a special Christmas Prayer Service! Thank you to everyone for participating in this joyous occasion and making McAuley a magical place this Christmas season.

Celebrating the season with Christmas Concerts!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Choral Concert, Strings Concert and Brother Rice and Mother McAuley Band concert! There is no better way to get in the spirit than our Mighty Mac Christmas performances!

Join us for our Christmas Concerts!

Join us for our Christmas performances this season! Admission to all concerts are free with general admission seating. Get into the Christmas spirit with the Macs!

All alumnae are invited to come back and sing the Hallelujah Chorus at the Choral Concert.

The Little Mermaid makes a splash!

Congratulations to every member of this year’s all school musical production, “The Little Mermaid” on a sold out weekend of incredible performances!

A MIGHTY night at our November Open House!

Thank you to everyone who attended Open House! We had a great time showing you around our school and sharing the wonderful academics and activities we have to offer! We hope to see you again soon.

Welcoming Jr. High artists!

Thank you to all the future macs who joined us for our Junior High Art Workshop. We are mighty impressed with all of your creations!

Celebrating International Day of the Girl

Every day at McAuley we celebrate girls. On International Day of the Girl we especially celebrate the opportunity McAuley provides for young women to become empowered leaders that change the world.

Happy Mercy Day!

Yesterday, we had such a wonderful all school ceremony celebrating the legacy of Catherine McAuley.

Journalism Students celebrated with Cart Ride

We held a cart ride in honor of our  journalism students who won awards from the Illinois Journalism Education Association and in the 2022 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, Student Media Awards.

Mac Melody places 2nd in Division at Show Choir Showdown

Mac Melody competed in the Show Choir Showdown in El Paso, Illinois on Saturday, February 19. They placed 2nd in their division and 8th overall, and Lydia Long ‘22 was the overall solo champion with her performance of “On My Own.” 

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11 of our talented young artists were announced as 2022 Regional Scholastic and Writing Award recipients. These Mighty Macs were recognized by the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center for their original works and received 16 Midwest Scholastic Art Awards!