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SAIC Special Events
Call our professional sales consultants to plan your next special event at 312.345.3506.

Gene Siskel Film Center
To book your event please call the Executive Director of the Gene Siskel Film Center, Jean de St. Aubin, at 312.846.2076.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has two facilities that can be rented for special events: the SAIC Ballroom and the Gene Siskel Film Center. Read on for more information.

SAIC Ballroom—One of Chicago's Newest Treasures

Ascending the grand staircase of the SAIC Ballroom, your guests are transported to another era. Like a scene out of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, the gilded jazz age of the Roaring 20s, your special event will radiate classic elegance.

Formerly the Illinois Athletic Club, this room has been restored to reflect the look and feel of its 1927 splendor. Winner of numerous awards for architectural excellence, the Ballroom boasts 26-foot ceilings, marbleized columns, and a terrazzo dance floor. Complemented by permanent bars on the main floor and balcony, a performance stage, theatrical lighting, and customized sound system, the Ballroom is the perfect venue for any event.

The SAIC Ballroom is located at 112 South Michigan Avenue, in the heart of Chicago's Loop, within walking distance of many hotels, theaters, and parking garages.

Call our professional sales consultants to plan your next special event at 312.345.3506.


  • Terrazzo dance floor
  • Professional kitchen
  • Two permanent bars
  • Stage
  • Coat check room
  • Customized sound system
  • Baroque opera balconies
  • Baby grand piano (upon request)


  • Dinners
  • Receptions
  • Weddings
  • Special Events
  • Lectures and Symposia


Gene Siskel Film Center

Located in the heart of Chicago's bustling theatre district, the Gene Siskel Film Center is the loop's contemporary alternative for business meetings and special events. With two state-of-the-art movie theaters and a sunlight-filled Cafe/Gallery overlooking State Street, the Gene Siskel Film Center provides a sophisticated yet comfortable setting for corporate events, luncheons, presentations, screenings, and private receptions.