Des Plaines Campus

Explore the Des Plaines Campus

Oakton's main campus in Des Plaines, Illinois is located on 147 acres of woodlands and prairie, bordered on the west by the Des Plaines River. It's home to two buildings: the main campus building and the Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers Center.

Performing Arts Center 

Located on the first floor of the main campus building on the Des Plaines campus, our Performing Arts Center (PAC) is both a cultural jewel for the community and an educational resource for our students. Every day, music and theater students gather at the PAC to learn from visiting directors, practice their performing or technical skills, and encounter new ideas. The PAC hosts international performers as well as a diverse offering of student work. Enjoy the performance.

Koehnline Museum of Art

The Koehnline Museum of Art is committed to growing and nurturing a home for art as vibrant and diverse as our community. Its programs and exhibits are carefully crafted to enrich the lives of our students, employees and community members through a celebration of local modern and contemporary art. Discover how the Koehnline Museum of Art educates, illuminates and inspires.

Fitness Center

Oakton’s state-of-the-art Fitness Center offers everything you need to stay fit. Whether you’re interested in becoming a member or taking a fitness course, we’ll help you stay active and healthy. The Fitness Center features some of the latest workout equipment—including more than 20 strength and conditioning machines, a warm-up area, lounge and fully equipped locker rooms.

Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers Center 

The Lee Center is home to the Division of Science and Health Careers, as well as the Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapy Assistant, Physiology, Physics, and Nursing programs (including a simulation hospital).


The Oakton Library is so much more than books! Here, you'll find resources dedicated to encouraging critical thinking, promoting information literacy and providing innovative teaching and learning resources. In addition to finding the information you'll need for assignments, we also offer research workshops, access to writing tutors and more.


From snacks to paper supplies, textbooks to Oakton merchandise, stay stocked on all the essentials at the Des Plaines campus bookstore, located in Room 1160.

Computer Labs 

The Des Plaines campus is home to numerous open lab facilities, as well as dedicated computer labs dedicated to specific programs such as Graphic Design or Architecture. Information Technology staff members in these labs provide a supportive working environment.

Closer to Skokie? Don't forget to check out our Skokie Campus! 

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