Class of ‘23: Peak Memories
Study Trips, Critiques, and Friends for Life
Chicago’s Cultural Landscape
At SAIC, you’re part of a community of faculty, alums, and students who fuel Chicago’s cultural life—and have done for decades. Today they’re behind many of the city’s most exciting hubs. Located in old manufacturing buildings, apartments, and backyards, these spaces are rooted in Chicago’s history of community building. Through an emphasis on space-making, SAIC's extended community is creating a richer and more inclusive future for the city by providing neighbors with easy access to art and design, and emerging artists with opportunities to showcase their work. Take a look.
Hyde Park Art Center
SAIC alum Don Baum (SAIC 1942–43) helped turn the 1939 Fifth Ward Art Guild into a hub for Chicago artists.
Commitment to Chicago
In 2021, Artists Run Chicago 2.0 celebrated the work of 50 local artist-run spaces.
The Design Museum of Chicago
Design brings communities together at this museum founded in 2012 by faculty member Tanner Woodford.
DuSable Museum of African American History
Founded in 1961 by SAIC’s Dr. Margaret Burroughs (BA 1942, MA 1948, HON 1987), this is one of the first US museums devoted to preserving and studying Black history and culture.
Edra Soto’s (MFA 2000) and Dan Sullivan's backyard project space, The Franklin, is a place for local artists to engage with the community.
Stephanie and Bill Sick Professor of Fashion, Body and Garment Nick Cave and partner Bob Faust's Facility, a city block–sized creative incubator and exhibition space in Irving Park, is also where the duo live and work.
Student Made, Student Run
The Student Community
The SAIC community is tight-knit, and whether you live on campus or in one of Chicago’s neighborhoods, you’ll have many opportunities to connect beyond the classroom and studio — from student groups to all-school barbecues and fashion shows to lectures by visiting artists and designers.
Places to Live
As a resident of one of our three residence halls, you can immerse yourself in a community of fellow artists and designers, live right in the heart of Chicago's Loop, and enjoy conveniences you won't find in most student apartments. With 24-hour security and live-in staff, you can feel supported as you live and learn.
Things to Do
More than 50 student groups and a full schedule of events help give SAIC its nonstop energy. Take part in school-wide events, join groups that reflect your passions—and start one yourself—or contribute to SAIC’s award-winning F Newsmagazine or Free Radio SAIC. You can also explore exhibition opportunities at two student-run SITE Galleries.
Health is more than physical well-being. It’s the whole of you—body and mind. That’s why SAIC’s Wellness Center offers a full range of counseling and health services, plus meditation sessions, fitness center discounts, and the Disability and Learning Resources Center.
SAIC students collaborate with local residents and artists in Chicago's historic Homan Square neighborhood to catalyze social change. Working hand-in-hand with the community, students organize projects like Community Care Sessions and Youth Workshops that integrate studio art practices with civic engagement.
Safety at SAIC
SAIC is located in Chicago's bustling Loop, the heart of the city. Our campus is near Millennium Park, multiple tourist attractions, and a thriving theater district. For enhanced safety, SAIC students also have access to campus escorts and ride services.