Campus Experience

Campus life at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is unlike any other experience imaginable. We are nestled in the heart of downtown Chicago. So your child will have access to all the perks of living in the city, like catching a game at Wrigley Field, an art-filled night of gallery hoping, catching a show at Second City, and walking the shores of Lake Michigan.

We do not look, think, or feel like any other campus in the world. Our residence halls are studio loft apartments. Our quad is Millennium Park. Our front yard is a sea of skyscrapers, and our backyard is Lake Michigan. Our influences are the city’s entire creative community; its resources, including our own Art Institute of Chicago; and the culturally diverse neighborhoods of Chicago. Our new state-of-the-art LeRoy Neiman Center, located in the center of our campus, is the ideal place for your child to meet fellow students and faculty, attend events, view student exhibitions, or grab a healthy and delicious bite to eat.

Your child will be immersed in a creative community where he will not merely be studying. He will be making, designing, thinking and rethinking, deconstructing, and making again. He will be immersed in an active and thriving community of artists, designers, and scholars who will treat him as a peer and will expect him to be an active and engaged participant. Your child will have the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the most renowned museums in the world, right at his fingertips. He will see, hear, and feel big ideas in the form of cutting-edge exhibitions, avant-garde performances, international film screenings, compelling artists’ talks, and one-of-a kind fashion shows, all presented by SAIC students, faculty, and alumni.

We want the SAIC experience to be enjoyable, rewarding, and memorable. By providing students with more than 50 student groups and organizations to join, we expose them to a wide array of influences so they will grow, gain perspective, and have the ability to adjust to an ever-changing society.