School of the Art Institute of Chicago




Located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, spend your wedding day at the SAIC Ballroom, one of Chicago’s newest treasures. Ascending the grand staircase of the SAIC Ballroom, your guests are transported to another era. Like a scene out of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, the gilded jazz age of the Roaring 20s, your wedding day will radiate classic elegance. Formerly the exclusive dining room of the posh Illinois Athletic Club, the SAIC Ballroom has been restored to reflect the look and feel of its 1927 splendor. Winner of numerous awards for architectural excellence, the Ballroom boasts 26-foot ceilings, marbleized columns, and a terrazzo dance floor. The Ballroom faces east to highlight its location on Michigan Avenue. Complemented by permanent bars on the main floor and balcony, a performance stage, theatrical lighting, and customized sound system, the Ballroom is the perfect venue for your nuptials. Dazzle family and friends, and say your “I Dos” in this iconic setting for an unforgettable occasion.

Venue Style

Event Center, Museum/Gallery, Ballrooms


Indoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 250 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 250 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up times are 3 hours prior to the event start time when the caterer, Food For Thought is on site. All events must end at midnight.

Rental Fees

For a 6 hour event in the Ballroom, the rental fee is $4,500 for Sunday thru Friday and $5,500 for Saturdays. For a 3 hour event in the Ballroom, the rental fee is $4,000 for events with a start time after 3:00 PM and $2,000 for events between 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $500/hr.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at School of the Art Institute of Chicago is estimated at between $20,848 and $28,072 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Event coordination
Bride's dressing area
Dance floor
Podium and/or stage
Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Venue set up and clean up
Day of onsite manager
Full kitchen facilities
Valet or public parking for a fee

Special Restrictions

No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Exclusive caterer for venue
Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be provided by venue
Music must end by midnight