Welcome to the Team Manifest Website!

Your hub to all Manifest information as Columbia prepares for the big day!

This site serves as:

1. An information hub

  • This website will list information, deadlines, resources, protocols and updates about Manifest.
  • Download the app to easily access this group. For mobile devices, search "Columbia College Chicago" in the App Store (Apple) or Google Play Store (Android.)

2. A communication platform

  • Lookout for emails from manifest@colum.edu for updates!
  • Use the General Channel Feed if you have questions for Team Manifest or have announcements or questions for other Manifest Liaisons.

Manifest Mission

Manifest is Columbia College Chicago's student driven event that showcases graduating students' work. As an annual tradition and defining ritual, Manifest brings the entire community together to celebrate our creative spirit and develop long-lasting, memorable relationships and connections.


Manifest 2023 Theme: UNLOCK

Festival Goals

1. Create a sense of belonging within our community through shared experiences within the planning process and culminating festival- an event that is unique to Columbia College Chicago.

2. Empower students to actively hone their academic learning by real-world practice, deepening their knowledge and skillsets through the application of their disciplines.

3. Showcase Columbia talent to industry professionals, launching students towards their careers and creative journeys.


6 p.m. | Campus Wide


12:45 - 1 p.m. | GRADUATING STUDENT PARADE | Starting off next to the Student Center (North side)

1 - 1:30 p.m. | MANIFEST KICK-OFF | Main Lot between Bablo Dr. and Harrison St.

1:30 - 8 p.m. | MAINSTAGE presented by the Student Programming Board + Student Organizations | Main Lot between Balbo Dr. and Harrison St.

2 - 7 p.m. | MANIFRESH presented by EMP | Balbo Dr. and Wabash Ave.

2 - 9 p.m. | DEPARTMENT SHOWCASES | Campus Wide


Manifest will take place within 11 campus buildings and 4 outdoor spaces that include:

  • Main Lot that includes the Mainstage, Student Org Tents and various Activities on State St. between Balbo Dr. and Harrison St.
  • ManiFresh at Wabash Ave. and Balbo Dr.
  • Food Truck Lot on the north side of the Student Center
  • The Garden at 11th Street and Wabash Ave.

For all guests who do not have a campus card, we encourage you to RSVP using the Manifest Engage App. The app will be your guide to all programs and activities. Once you RSVP, you will show your QR code at any check-in to receive a Manifest wristband that will grant access to the entire festival!

*NOTE- if you are experiencing issues with the app or do not have time to register in advance there will be an onsite check-in process available on the day of the event.

COVID 19 Protocols

Manifest will follow the college's school specific protocols and safety procedures with regards to the Covid 19 pandemic and related restrictions.