Campus Info and Logistics

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Campus Floor Plans

Campus floor plans are only available to faculty and staff of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago via the Intranet. Go to our Campus Floor Plans page.

Campus Building Information

280 Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

  • Square Footage: 120,364
  • Number of Floors: 3 above ground, 1 below
  • Departments: Ceramics, Painting and Drawing, Performance, Photography, Printmedia, and Sculpture

Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave. 

  • Square Footage: 193,681
  • Number of Floors: 13 stories with one basement
  • Departments: Contemporary Practices, Art Therapy, Art Education, Writing, Fiber and Material Studies, Visual Communication Design, Deans and Division Chairs, President’s Office, Flaxman Library, Campus Life, LowResidency MFA

MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave. 

  • Square Footage: 237,256
  • Number of Floors: 17 stories with 3 basements
  • Departments: Art History, Theory, and Criticism; Visual and Critical Studies; Liberal Arts; New Arts Journalism; Art and Technology Studies; Film, Video, New Media, and Animation; graduate studios; undergraduate studios

Lakeview Building, 116 S. Michigan Ave. 

  • Square Footage: 43,527
  • Number of Floors: 17 stories with 1 basement
  • Departments:  Historic Preservation, IRFM main office, Wellness Center, graduate studios, general use classrooms, science labs, and Art Institute of Chicago museum offices

Jones Hall, 7 W. Madison St. 

  • Hours of Operation: 24 hours (accessible by residents only)
  • Square Footage: 71,829
  • Number of Floors: 15 stories with 1 basement
  • Departments: Residence Life

162 Residences, 162 N. State St.

  • Hours of Operation: 24 hours (accessible by residents only)
  • Square Footage: 211,671
  • Number of Floors: 17 stories with 1 basement
  • Departments: Residence Life

Sullivan Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave.

  • Square Footage:  150,693
  • Number of Floors:  4 floors leased to SAIC
  • Departments:  Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects; Fashion Design; Office of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies; Student Affairs; Admissions; Financial Aid; Registrar; Continuing Studies; and graduate studios

Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave.

  • Departments: 5 leased classrooms for Liberal Arts/Art History

Roger Brown Home and Study Collection, 1926 N. Halsted St.

  • Square Footage: 4020
  • Number of Floors: 2 stories with 1 basement
  • Departments: Museum

Building Hours

Academic Buildings—fall and spring semesters—All SAIC buildings are open 24 hours per day, with some restrictions. Students, faculty, and staff can scan into any academic building using their ID from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. After 10:00 p.m., anyone who wants access to the building will need to scan their ID and have room-specific access for overnight.

Students are required to get an overnight pass from the security desk if they will be in the building after 10 pm. The passes are a safety precaution that allow us to know who is in the building after hours and where they plan to be, important information in the event of an emergency. If you have any questions regarding overnight passes, email campus security at

Overnight access is only permitted if:

  • You have prior authorization to access specific departmental areas; and
  • You have your valid SAIC ID (with an account in good standing for students).

Academic Buildings—summer and winter—All SAIC buildings are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Anyone in the building at 7:00 p.m. will be asked to leave. No overnight access is given during the summer or winter terms.

Residence Halls—year round—Residence halls are only accessible to current residents. Both the 162 Residences and Jones Hall are 24-hour facilities. Residents can scan into either residence hall, however nonresidents must be signed in by a current resident and be escorted by their host during their visit.

Dock Access General Rules

Here is the policy for access to all docks on campus:

  • We request 48 hours of notice for any delivery or pick up to give the dock coordinator ample time to make arrangements (312.446.1441) .
  • Docks are open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with the exception of the Sullivan Center dock. See specific information about the Sullivan Center dock below.
  • No idling trucks are allowed in any of the docks, and during load in/out, vehicles need to have their hazard lights on.
  • No trucks with height greater than 13 feet are allowed, and tractor-trailer trucks must be approved by SAIC prior to delivery.
  • All trucks must be equipped with a lift gate and must provide their own moving equipment (pallet jack, dollies, etc).
  • After the dock coordinator is called, please allow 10 to 15 minutes for a response.  
  • Do not leave anything on the docks or corridors of any buildings.
  • Use of the dock should not take more than 15 minutes. If it is known delivery/pick up will take more than 15 minutes, it is required to contact dock coordinator at least 48 hours in advance.

Loading Docks

Use the loading docks at each building if you need to move extraordinarily large or heavy packages in and out of the buildings. Idling is not permitted. It is recommended that trucks have a lift gate. When parked all cars/trucks should have their hazard lights on. All drivers must provide their own carts. No trucks with a height of greater than 13 feet will be permitted. Straight trucks are preferred.

Contact the dock coordinator at 312.446.1441 at least 48 hours in advance of the anticipated delivery to make delivery arrangements. After the dock coordinator is called, please allow 10–15 minutes for a response.

SAIC reserves the right to tow any vehicle parked on a loading dock for more than 15-minutes, unless prior arrangements have been made with the dock coordinator. SAIC reserves the right to revoke loading dock access for students and employees who abuse loading dock privileges.

MacLean Center 112 S. Michigan Ave.
Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Security Desk: 312.345.3528
All deliveries must be received through dock in rear alley.

Sullivan Center 36 S. Wabash Ave.
SAIC Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Sullivan Center Building Hours: Monday–Saturday, 6:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
All deliveries must be coordinated with SAIC staff/Sullivan Center facilities.

State Street Dock
All elevators travel to SAIC floors 7, 12, and 14  

Wabash Avenue Dock 
One (small) elevator travels to SAIC floors 3, 7 (lower level), 12, and 14 Two (large) freight elevators travel to SAIC floors 7, 12, and 14  

Sharp Building 37 S. Wabash Ave.
Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Security Desk: 312.899.1210
No parking in alley. All deliveries must be received through Legacy Dock just north of our door.  

280 Building 280 S. Columbus Dr.
Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Security Desk: 312.443.3760
When making a delivery, buzz the intercom on the Jackson Street gate and check in at the Security Desk upon entering the building.  

Residence Halls
Students are not typically permitted to arrange large-scale deliveries/pick-ups that require the use of a loading dock/loading space in the residence halls. Residence Life will communicate with students who are moving in or out of the residence halls regarding these processes and resources related to them. To inquire about the use of residence halls loading docks/loading spaces, please contact the Residence Life office at 312.629.6870. 

Freight Elevator Access

MacLean Center, 112 South Michigan Avenue—There are two freight elevators in MacLean Center, one close to the lobby labeled Car 6, and another very close to the dock area labeled Car 7.  Car 6 is wider than Car 7, however Car 7 is taller than Car 6. Car 6 is the recommended because it is larger and goes to most floors within the building and does not require swipe card access like Car 7.  Both elevators are available 24 hours.

Sharp Building, 37 South Wabash Avenue—The freight elevator is located in the dock area of the building and open to all staff, faculty, and students. The elevator can access every floor of the building, however an ID swipe is required to access the basement and 6th floor. The freight elevator is open during the building’s hours of operation (7:00 a.m. to 12:00am).

Sullivan Center, 36 South Wabash Avenue—There are two docks that have two sets of freight elevators. On the State Street side there are two large freight elevators but they only go to 7, 12, and 13. On the Wabash side, the freight elevators are smaller, however they access all SAIC floors. Both sets are on a key system, so the building’s facilities coordinator needs to be contacted to arrange a time to provide access. Freight access must be scheduled to move large items within the building, only 2-wheel carts will be allowed to use the passenger elevators. We request advance notice for use of the elevators. The building coordinator is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For the full procedure on how to reserve a freight elevator, click here.

280 Building, 280 South Columbus Drive—The freight elevator is located near the dock entrance. It is open to all faculty, staff, and students. No swipe is needed to operate the elevator.

Residence Halls, 162 Residences and Jones Hall—Neither the residence hall has freight elevators. To make a large delivery or pick up, the object to be transported should be measured to ensure that it will fit into the buildings’ general elevators.