Life at SAIC

Unexpect the Expected

Life on the campus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is unlike life on any other campus. It’s part of the Art Institute of Chicago, a world-renowned encyclopedic museum of art whose collection spans 5,000 years of human history and represents cultures from around the world. And it’s part of Chicago itself, an international city with unparalleled architecture, innovative public art, world-class galleries, cutting-edge music and theater, extensive public transportation, and vibrant communities of working artists, designers, writers, and thinkers. 

If you take those two elements and combine them with an education that defies conventions, a completely unique student experience is born. You can live on campus in large, airy downtown lofts with panoramic views, or you can radiate outward into Chicago’s eclectic patchwork of neighborhoods. Either way, you will have the opportunity to connect with students, faculty, and staff through campus-wide events and diverse student groups and organizations including our semi-annual student art sales, all-school barbecues, annual Halloween Ball, annual Fashion Show, jam-packed Student Union Galleries and Sullivan Galleries exhibition openings, or lectures with world-renowned artists and scholars.

Around and at SAIC, transformative experiences await you at every turn.