Events: Campus Tours
There is no better way to see all the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has to offer than to come to our campus and walk through our studios, facilities, residence halls, and our museum—the Art Institute of Chicago. A student-led campus tour is the best way to learn about us, get a feel for our facilities and student life, and ultimately see if we are an educational fit for you.
After or before our tours, we offer you the opportunity to schedule an appointment to meet individually with one of our admission counselors to review your portfolio, discuss our curriculum, and ask any questions you may have. While you are on campus, you may also meet with one of our financial aid counselors.
Campus tours are offered Monday through Friday as well as select Saturdays and leave promptly at 11:45 a.m. from the LeRoy Neiman Center at 37 South Wabash Avenue. Please plan to arrive at the Center by 11:30 a.m. Tours typically last about two hours—please wear comfortable shoes for walking. There is an optional residence hall tour that begins after the school tour.
Our Tours Include:
- Campus buildings and facilities
- Our downtown Chicago loft apartment-style residence halls
- An appointment with an Admissions counselor, should you desire
- Admission to our Art Institute of Chicago museum
- Introduction to our downtown campus—wear comfortable shoes!
SAIC is a vital part of downtown Chicago. We hope you visit; we know you will find SAIC an extraordinary place.
Note: For those with appointments for a review after the tour, portfolios may be brought to the Admissions office on the 12th floor of the Sullivan Center at 36 South Wabash Avenue prior to the tour. Otherwise, Admissions may have to check your belongings until after the tour.
Reservations are requested. Make your undergraduate tour reservation today.
Please note: due to building construction during part of SAIC's summer session, May 16–July 10, 2016, tours of certain areas and departments will be limited. Specific spaces for the departments of Painting & Drawing, Photography and Printmedia will not be able to be shown. General content about these areas will still communicated on tours but spaces will be unavailable. Please contact the Admissions office at 800.232.7242 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding this.
Upcoming Saturday Tour Dates
- June 4, 2016
- August 13, 2016
- September 17, 2016
- November 12, 2016
- December 3, 2016
Please note that SAIC will be closed on the following days and will not be offering campus tours:
- Monday, May 30, 2016
- Monday, July 4, 2016
- Monday, September 5, 2016
- Thursday, November 24–Friday, November 25, 2016
- Monday, December 26–Friday, December 30, 2016
- Monday, January 16, 2017
Group Tours—High School, Colleges, and Organizations
Group tours are typically offered Monday through Friday between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. or 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. (excluding Friday afternoons). To request a group tour for your high school, college, or organization, please fill out the group tour request form. You will receive individual follow up from the admissions office regarding your request. For any questions, please contact Fran Pleines at email@example.com, 800.232.7242, or 312.629.6108.
Parking, Campus Map, Directions, and Where to Stay
For information about parking, directions to SAIC, where to stay, and to download a campus map, visit the Visit SAIC section of our website.