Aerial view of Homan Square

credit: Tom Harris Photography

Public Programs Registration

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) hosts programs for the North Lawndale community in the 12th-floor classroom at Nichols Tower in Homan Square. We offer free classes, workshops, and events in a variety of art genres for adults (ages 18+), youth (ages 14-18), and intergenerational groups (ages 13 and up; children ages 12 and under are welcome to attend with an adult). 

Our workshops are often led by local art instructors and provide participants with the opportunity to learn a specific art skill or technique. 

A photo of the Sneaker Design Lab, a public program by SAIC at Homan Square.

Sneaker Design Lab

Date(s): Saturdays, February 3–March 2
Time: 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Sneaker Design Lab is a five-week workshop. In this course, students will learn how to restore an old pair of sneakers left in their closet and give them a personalized touch. They will learn about the different materials, care, and processes to achieve the best results so that their shoes can stand out from the crowd. They will also learn about entrepreneurship as a small business owner. 

SELECTION PROCESS: January 15–January 19

Students will be notified if selected by January 22.

-Must be in high school (ages 14-18)
-Must be able to attend ALL five Saturday sessions 

A flyer for Spring 2024 Youth Open Studio at Homan Square

2024 Spring Youth Open Studio

Date(s): Wednesdays, January 24–May 1
Time: 3:45–5:45 p.m.
No Studio March 27 and April 10

Join us for Open Studios at Homan Square. Enjoy free and fun art-making workshops, explore, relax, and work on personal art projects using a wide variety of art materials.

Teaching artists will be in the studio to talk with students about their work and help with any questions, including offering technical demonstrations and workshops with a variety of materials.

Contact Us

Nichols Tower

906 S. Homan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624

Phone: 773.638.2712