Illini Dads Centennial Plaza

UPDATE: Construction has begun!!!
Bricks ordered before June 30, 2023 are being installed!

Illini Dads Centennial Plaza UPDATE

See below for the latest pictures

  • We are pleased to share the fencing is up and construction has begun for Phase I of the Illini Dads Centennial Plaza!
  • This has been a rewarding journey and we thank each of you for your support and patience. Phase I of the Plaza will be complete in October 2023 with our grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony being held Dads Weekend 2023, November 10-12. You’ll see more information about this event in forthcoming communications.
  • Help Create a Legacy – Bricks ordered before June 30, 2023 will be installed in time for the Grand Opening during Dads Weekend 2023

    After June 30, order now so your brick will be at the next installment

    We wish to thank current and past Dads Association Board Members, all of our University of Illinois staff supporters and advisors, Kettelkamp & Kettelkamp our landscape architecture firm, our brick purchasers and donors, and especially our major benefactor, the Khan Family Foundation. This new addition to the university campus is a testament to our collective vision, tenacity, creativity, and passion – embodying the spirit of the Illini Dads Centennial Plaza.

    Here's the final rendering and recent pictures highlighting the progress. We look forward to seeing you at the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Dads Weekend 2023 (Nov 10-12).

    Your Brick. Your Legacy. For Generations

    Illini Dads Centennial Plaza

    • Honors the role and impact that Dads/father figures have in the lives of their Illini students: uplifting, evoking memories of their Dads/father figures, reflecting the love, acceptance, and support we all need from each other.
    • Is a place where students, families, alumni, and visitors come to reflect, relax, and create lasting memories for generations

    Help Create a Legacy – Purchase a Custom Brick

    Celebrate your Illini student(s) and establish your legacy in the Illini Dads Centennial Plaza, designed by U of I students and being built to commemorate our 100th anniversary in 2022.

    Your customized brick will be prominently placed in Illini Dads Centennial Plaza in 2023 to be shared and cherished by your family, generation after generation.

    If you want to include a graphic, you will be able to choose from various University of Illinois and Dads Association related logos.

    Thank you for your generous support and helping create a new tradition on campus.




    Northwest quadrant of plaza that houses Hallene Gateway and the fountain in front of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center