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"Bookcases line the walls on either side of me, but they seem to be decorative more than anything, because computers occupy the tables in the center of the room, and no one is reading. The Erudite stare at screens with tense eyes, focused."

- A description of the Erudite Headquarters by Tris Prior, in Divergent

The Erudite Headquarters or compound, is where Erudite members study and work in their expertise: knowledge.


The Erudite headquarters is located somewhere near, or in, Chicago's Millennium Park, as stated in the first book when Tris describes a large rusted lima bean sculpture near the compound, which is most likely the famous "Bean" sculpture in the park.

Divergent (film)[]


In Divergent, Tris visits the headquarters to meet Caleb Prior. The exterior of the compound is filmed at the University of Chicago's Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, which is not located near Millennium Park.

Insurgent (film)[]

In Insurgent, the look of Erudite's headquarters changes drastically from the first film, with the whole compound's exterior now being an upgraded Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago.

In both films, the compound is predominantly white in color, or made of glass, and has advanced technology inside.


In the books, the interior is basically a large library with book shelves covering the walls, but the books looking more decorative in the shelves, since most of the Erudite members sit at tables with computers, their faces focused on the screens. In the center of the room there is a reception desk with a huge portrait of the Erudite leader, Jeanine Matthews, and a plaque reading "KNOWLEDGE LEADS TO PROSPERITY".