Art Institute of Chicago museum visit

Meet Inspiration

There are many characteristics and resources that set SAIC apart from other institutions of higher learning. Our interdisciplinary education. Our renowned faculty. Our accomplished alumni. But one of the most advantageous assets each one of our students will be able to utilize is the Art Institute of Chicago museum. Starting with preconception and continuing to exhibition, graduation, and beyond, it will give you the means to supply, support, and evolve your ideation and creation process.

To visitors, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world’s great galleries. Encompassing more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world, the museum contains more than 260,000 works of art. To you, it is part of your daily life. Both your studio and art history faculty will bring you here often. The museum is an extension of your classroom. You have unlimited access to the museum collection and can linger and discover pieces that speak to your current practice, inspiring you to push your work in new directions. 

Literally at your fingertips is an urban campus full of cultural treasures not to mention diverse and eclectic neighborhoods filled with amazing restaurants, cafés, novelty shops, and coffee houses. Chicago provides you with a dynamic and ever-inspirational environment to explore, learn, and play. Imagine living in a city where you can attend a night filled with gallery openings across the city, catch a show at Second City, attend a poetry slam, listen to a free concert in Millennium Park, go to a blues or jazz club, and walk the shores of Lake Michigan on a whim. Chicago is enriching.