Open House 8/5
Classes Start 9/11
The lakeside city of Chicago is renowned for its relaxed, laidback atmosphere, beautiful beaches, creative local community, killer deep dish pizza and sports fanatics. As a multicultural city that thrives on the harmony and diversity of its neighborhoods, Chicago today embodies the values of America’s heartland-integrity, hard work and community and reflects the ideals in the social fabric of its 77 distinct neighborhoods.
- Head to the beach for a swim, or walk/bike along the shore via the Lake Shore Drive trail.
- Sports fans on the north side of town can catch a game at the world famous Wrigleyfield or head down to the South Side for a White Sox game.
- Grab a slice of deep dish at some of Chicago’s signature pizza joints.
- Gaze into the great beyond at the Adler Planetarium (additionally its prime location gives one of the best views of the city’s skyline)
- Discover the unknown species of the world at the Shed Aquarium.
- Ride the ferris wheel, walk the board walk and check out the weekly fireworks at Navy Pier.
- See what its like on top of the world at the Willis (Sears) Tower, Skydeck.
- Walk around Millennium Park and get lost in the reflections in front of Cloud Gate (aka. The Bean).
- Spend an afternoon walking around Lincoln Park Zoo and hang with the animals for free.
- Relish in the past at the Chicago History Museum.
- Chicago Creative Expo
- St. Patricks Day Parade
- Chicago’s Birthday Celebration
- Chicago Memorial Day Parade
- Pitchfork Music Festival
- Spring Awakening Music Festival
- Music Mondays in Millenium Park
- Air and Water Show
- Chicago Pride Parade
- World Music Festival
- Wavefront Music Festival
- Do Division
- Wicker Park Festival
- Chicago Bike Week
- Taste of Chicago
- Chicago Jazz Festival
- Chicago Marathon
- Lights at the Zoo
- Carroling at Cloud Gate (The Bean)
- Ice Skating on State Street
Additional links and resources:
Local Services in Chicago
121 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60602
The Chicago campus located downtown in the heart of River North (gallery district) and a 10 minute walk from the to the lake. Cycle and walking tracks connect the campus to both hubs. Crossroads for the campus are Chicago Ave. and N. Orleans.
Ride the El (Subway), take a bus, hail a taxi or hop on a DIVY bike! For more information, see below.
CTA Card/CTA Plus Cards must be purchased to use Chicago Public Transportation. (CTA buses take exact change in addition to CTA cards).
Places to obtain a CTA card:
SMART PHONE USERS: Download the CTA App. It is one amazing resource to help you get around the city!
CTA EL (Subway)
Nearest Stop to SAE:
Brown Line/Red Line at Chicago Franklin (head out the stairs, walk west onto Chicago Ave. then head north onto N. Orleans).
CTA Bus System
Nearest Stops to SAE:
Chicago is rated one of the top 10 bicycling cities in the U.S. With many of bike-friendly street routes in addition to the Chicago Lakefront Bike Path, running 18.5 linear miles along Lake Michigan, you will be sure to have one effective and beautiful ride.
Another option for cycling is the Divvy system, the bike sharing program in Chicago. Bikes can be rented for $7 per 24 hour pass, or $75 for a yearly membership which includes unlimited 30-minute rides. With hundreds of stations across Chicago, the Divvy system makes getting where you’re going easy and convenient without having to use public transportation or buying your own bike.
Chicago has some of the most amazing weather! The most comfortable months to walk in the city are April thru October.
Domestic and International Travel
Connects to Subway via Orange Line
Connects to Subway via Blue Line
*PLEASE READ ALL PARKING METER/PARKING PERMIT SIGNS, AS SAE INSTITUTE CHICAGO CANNOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY TRAFFIC AND/OR PARKING VIOLATION.