Summer Camps: Student Information

Please review your registration confirmation email carefully and contact Continuing Studies at 312.629.6170 if any information is incorrect. Please note that a welcome email will be sent approximately three days before your first class, which will list updated information such as room locations.

Your child’s age during the time that they are enrolled in a camp should coincide with the correct age range noted in the camp description. This allows your child and their peers with the best experience working alongside others of the same age range. If you prefer to have your older child enroll in a camp for a younger age range, or to place your 10-year-old in the Children’s Multi-Arts Camps rather than the Middle School Program Camps,  you may enroll your child in the next age range down at the time of registration.  If your child is enrolling in a camp one age range down due to a disability, please contact the Disability and Learning Resource Center prior to registration to discuss accommodations by calling 312.499.4278 or emailing  

A signed Consent Form‌ [PDF] is required to participate in the Children's Workshops in Art and Creativity Summer Camps at SAIC; failure to submit a signed Consent Form prior to the first class may prevent participation.

All students will receive an ARTICard, SAIC's mandatory identification card. This card permits access to School facilities and the Art Institute of Chicago Museum, and must be worn at all times. Students who send in the required items (see below) will receive their id on the first day of class. Students who are unable to attend the first day should still send in their photo for an id.

We are now printing ids before the first class—please visit the ARTICard page for instructions.

ARTICard FAQ page

Parents/guardians of students with allergies and/or other medical/health conditions that might require emergency assistance should complete an Allergy History Form [PDF] and/or Emergency Action Plan Form‌ [PDF], and email them to This information is confidential and only shared with program staff.. This information is confidential and only shared with program staff.

Parents/guardians must accompany their child(ren) on the first day of class for check-in to complete required paperwork. Check-in will take place in the building in which the class is being held. Details are included in the welcome email sent approximately three days before the first class.

Optional orientation sessions will be offered at 9:15 a.m. (morning and all day sessions) and 1:45 p.m. (afternoon session) on the first day of class. These brief orientation sessions are highly recommended for new parents/guardians as they cover drop-off and pick-up procedures, introduce you to the Youth Programs staff, and are an excellent opportunity to ask questions. Orientations take place in the lobby of our Sharp Building located at 37 S. Wabash Avenue and last about 20 minutes.

AIC—Front: Front lobby of the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.
CO: Columbus Drive Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
MC: MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave.
SC: Sullivan Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave.
SP: Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

SAIC does not have parking facilities. Discounted parking is available at the Mid-Continental Plaza Building at 55 East Monroe Street after 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday or any time Saturday and Sunday, and is valid for up to seven hours. Registered students may apply for a discount card at the garage office on level P2. Students must show a current ARTICard to receive the parking discount. There is also paid parking available on Columbus Drive. SAIC does not have validated parking relationships with garages.

Parents/guardians will be issued two Pick-Up Passes per student at check-in, labeled with the student's individual SAIC ID number. Parents/guardians and their designees must present a student's Pick-up Pass to instructional staff upon request. Failure to present a Pick-up Pass upon request may result in a delay while permission to release a student is obtained from the parent/guardian listed on file.

Parents/guardians may also email to notify us of alternate pick-up arrangements if a Pick-up-Pass cannot be presented. Please note that emails should be sent at least two hours ahead of time to ensure that instructional staff has been notified. Designees will be asked to show their state id or license when picking up a student for safety purposes.

The Pick-Up Pass is not a parking pass; parents/guardians should not leave their vehicle unattended under any circumstances.

After day one check-in, curbside drop-off and pick-up will be available and facilitated by instructional staff. Students should be dropped off and picked up curbside in front of their building entrance.

AM/All Day Drop-Off: 8:40–9:00 a.m.
AM Pick-Up: 12:30–12:50 p.m.

PM Drop-Off: 1:10–1:30 p.m.
PM/All Day Pick-Up: 5:00–5:20 p.m.

Note: Continuing Studies staff is not available to supervise students outside of the drop-off and pick-up times indicated above. Habitual early arrivals or late dismissals will not be tolerated and may prevent participation. Drop-off/pick-up affected by inclement weather may be brought inside.

CW students visit the museum almost every class, but may also visit surrounding parks and public art to sketch and learn about contemporary artists. Students without a signed Consent Form miss out on these educational opportunities and must stay behind. Ages 4–5 normally do not attend these outside field trips, but may use the walkway to visit Millennium Park if weather permits.

Continuing Studies will attempt to alert students/parents to any changes during the term, such as road closures that affect drop-off and pick-up locations, room changes, instructor changes, and holiday breaks, among others. Please make sure to provide an active email address during registration so we are able to communicate effectively.

Continuing Studies reserves the right to cancel or alter the fees, schedule, or staffing of courses when circumstances warrant. If a cancellation or change is necessary, students will be notified prior to the first class, and students enrolled in cancelled courses will have the option of taking another class or receiving a full refund.

Note: Courses with low enrollment may be cancelled a week or more prior to the start date, thus early registration is encouraged.

Students enrolled in Children's Workshops in Art and Creativity are expected to attend all classes at the scheduled time. However, we understand that circumstances may warrant absences, tardiness, or early dismissal. Please coordinate scheduling with your child's instructor, call or text the Continuing Studies Youth Programs cell phone at 312.502.3537, or Instructors are unable to provide extensive make-up plans or meet outside of regularly scheduled class times.

Parents may visit classes for the first and last ten minutes of class if necessary. We also encourage parents to meet instructors at check-­in and ask any follow up questions at pick-up or via email.

CW Multi-Arts Camps will host a final exhibition on the last day of camp at 12:30 p.m. for both the AM and PM campers. Please plan on joining us- family and friends encouraged to attend! 

NOTE: any changes, updates, and/or final details regarding the final exhibition are covered in the parent orientation and sent near the end of the session via flyer/email.

Students will receive a t-shirt to be worn or brought with them to be used as a smock and to help identify students outside of studios. No sandals (including flip flops), bare midriffs or otherwise inappropriate or movement limiting clothing. Shorts or leggings should be worn under skirts and dresses. Please make sure that students have appropriate outdoor attire, as classes often go outside for sketching, snack breaks, and public art viewings.

Students participating in both morning and afternoon camps must bring a non-refrigerated bag lunch, snacks, and drinks. Morning only or afternoon only students should bring a snack and drink. Students may also purchase food and drinks at the School's dining facilities located within the Columbus Drive Building (280 South Columbus Drive, second floor) and the LeRoy Neiman Center in the Sharp Building (37 South Wabash Avenue, second floor). Supervision is provided during the lunch hour for all day students.

Note: Due to the increase in severe nut allergies, we ask that students do not bring any foods with nuts in them. This is for the safety of all students, and we thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Supplies are provided at no additional cost to the student.

Due to SAIC's downtown location, city events may impact roads and access to buildings. CS will attempt to alert all parents and students well ahead of time regarding any road closures through flyers, email, and/or social media. Public transportation is always recommended during these closures. We appreciate your patience in advance.

Electronic devices such as Game Boys, iPods, iPads, cell phones, etc., are not permitted unless they are an approved part of the curriculum (camera phones, etc.). Electronic devices may be used during lunch and for emergency situations only.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is committed to full compliance with all laws regarding equal opportunities for students with disabilities. Continuing Studies students with disabilities should call 312.629.6170 or email cs@saic.edufor further information. Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to provide any information that will ensure a positive experience for all participants. This information is confidential and only shared with program staff.

To sign up for SAIC's security alert system, please fill out the Parent Newsletter Request Form. Please note that parents cannot sign up for this unless their child is a current student; registration should be complete and a registration email sent to you with a student ID.

Make sure to like Continuing Studies @ SAIC on Facebook for extra information, instructor news, and images of work created in our programs.

Feel free to contact us, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Continuing Studies School of the Art Institute of Chicago 36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1201 Chicago, IL 60603 Phone: 312.629.6170 Fax: 312.629.6171 Email: