Material Source

Your Source for Materials on Campus:

SAIC’s Material Source is your partner in obtaining supplies for the making possibilities available at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Our inventory serves curricular and facility needs throughout the School’s many departments and our locations are embedded in or near these areas. We also provide convenience and introductory items to help you explore the variety of art-making processes our facilities support.

Each location primarily serves the departments and facilities in which they are located offering items catering to their specific needs. We also carry many items at multiple locations which are useful to the whole community. Most of our items have been chosen by faculty and staff to support your educational needs. See all of these items in our most recent price list:

*Information and pricing are updated at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters and are subject to change. All purchases are subject to the current local sales tax.

ARTICard is the only accepted payment method.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about what we offer please email us at


Hours listed are for regular Fall and Spring semesters and are subject to change. Summer and Winter hours will be posted at each location. We are generally closed all days classes are not in session.

Columbus Material Source

280 S. Columbus Dr., Room B1-31

Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

(Payments for purchases of items from SAIC's Foundry and Ceramics Department are made at this location.)

Legacy Material Source

37 S Wabash Ave., Room 333

Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m

MacLean Material Source (and MacLean Media Center)

112 S. Michigan Ave., Room 801

Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

(Payments for purchases of items from Art & Technology's Io Lab are made at this location.)

Sharp Material Source Center (and Sharp Instructional Shop)

37 S. Wabash, Room 316

Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

(The Sharp Instructional Shop is only for the use of students enrolled in Contemporary Practice classes.)

Sullivan Material Source Center (and Sullivan Fabrication Studio)

36 S. Wabash, Room 1243

Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

(The Sullivan Fabrication Studio is only for the use of students enrolled in AIADO classes.)

The MacLean Vending Machine
The MacLean vending machine is on the eighth floor of the MacLean building, near the end of the main hallway.
It provides 24-hour access to Flash Drives, Memory Cards, CDs, DVDs, Prototype Boards, and other basic Electronics Components.


Purchasing & Payment:

  • You must pay in full before any items are removed from the SAIC Material Source location. 
    • Items not stored in Material Source locations should be picked up as soon as possible.
  • SAIC Material Source cannot assist in the transport or storage of any purchased items.

Returns & Exchanges:
Returns and Exchanges are welcome and require the following:

  • Your original receipts. 
    • These are an itemized receipt from our point of sale system and an ARTICard receipt.
  • Your ARTICard.
  • The item you are returning.
    • The item/s must be unopened, unused, and otherwise in the same condition purchased.
  • Items can only be returned at the location they were purchased.
  • Non-returnable items include personal protective equipment, items cut after purchase, certain cut to size items.
  • Returns may take time, please be patient.

Availability & Restocking:

  •  All regular sale items will be restocked in the most efficient and timely manner possible.
    • Please email us if an item you need is not available or if you are planning on making a large purchase.
    • We attempt to maintain sufficient stock levels in all locations, though there can be delays. We will do our best to communicate re-stocking times.
  • We cannot assist in ordering or delivering items that we do not stock.