Undergraduate Experience: Art Institute and Chicago
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.
The Art Institute's collections span over 5,000 years of human expression from cultures all over the world and will provide you with a tremendous source of inspiration as you develop your own works of art and design. And to experience it, all you will have to do is walk across the street. Considered one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world, the Art Institute's extraordinary collection of modern art includes nearly 1,000 works of art by artists from Europe and the Americas.
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.