T: (312) 300-5685 E: 820 N.Orleans #125, Chicago, IL , 60610 Follow Chicago campus

About the Campus

SAE Institute Chicago

Located in the heart of River North neighborhood, SAE Chicago is one of the leading institutions for Creative Media Education in the Mid-West. We join the 57 other SAE campuses around the world committed to educational excellence, bringing that history and experience to SAE’s newest location in the United States.

SAE Chicago occupies over 19,000 square feet and includes numerous studios, workstations, classrooms, and an 82-seat HD surround sound theater to create the optimal learning experience for every student.

We believe in a strong emphasis on hands-on application, and individual training is also built into the curriculum to provide practical experiences that mirror what happens in an industry environment.

See more of the SAE Institute Chicago campus with our virtual tour!

Programs & Tuition

Programs Offered

Audio Technology Diploma

Enrollment Fee: $60.00
Books & Materials: $4,000.00
Tuition: $14,655.00



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Audio Technology Associate Degree

Enrollment Fee: $60.00
Books & Materials: $4,125.00
Tuition: $25,000.00



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Music Business Diploma

Enrollment Fee: $60.00
Books & Materials: $4,000.00
Tuition: $14,655.00



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Music Business Associate Degree

Enrollment Fee: $60.00
Books & Materials: $4,125.00
Tuition: $25,000.00



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About the Area

About Chicago

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.

Key Attractions

  • 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
  • Cimmfest
  • BandSmart
  • St. Patricks Day Parade
  • Chicago's Birthday Celebration
  • Chicago Memorial Day Parade


  • Lollapalooza
  • Pitchfork Music Festival
  • Spring Awakening Music Festival
  • Music Mondays in Millenium Park
  • Air and Water Show
  • Chicago Pride Parade
  • Ribfest
  • Bluesfest
  • World Music Festival
  • Wavefront Music Festival
  • Riotfest
  • 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

City Hall

121 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60602

(312) 744-5000

Emergency Services

In an emergency call: 911 (Ambulance, Fire, Police)

Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

676 N St Clair St
Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 926-2000

Physicians Immediate Care - West Loop

600 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60661

(312) 506-0900

Rush University Medical Center

1653 W Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60612

(312) 942-5000



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.

Public Transit

CTA Card/CTA Plus Cards must be purchased to use Chicago Public Transportation. (CTA buses take exact change in addition to CTA cards).

For more information: 1-888-968-7282 or Chicago Transit Authority website

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:

66- Orleans

37S- Chicago

37N- Orleans

Reduced fares are available for students.


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.

Divvy Bikes

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

- Chicago Midway Airport

Connects to Subway via Orange Line

- Chicago O'Hare Airport

Connects to Subway via Blue Line



Housing Options

Housing Options in Chicago

This Student Housing Guide and other housing information are provided as a courtesy to students for reference only.  SAE Institute has no affiliation with any landlord or property owner. SAE Institute does not investigate, endorse or guarantee information provided by third parties.

All agreements or contractual arrangements related to housing rentals or leases are strictly between the student or other responsible party and the property owner or landlord.

Looking for an Apartment? These resources can help:

Looking for Roommates?

Finding a roommate can help to offset some of your living expenses.  Check the following websites to meet other people interested in sharing a place:

Prefer a Student Dorm?

Although we don’t offer on-campus dorms, there are off-campus dorms available for students all over Chicago (color coded the map below for location reference).

Tailor Lofts

315 S. Peoria Street

The Buckingham

59 E. Van Burren Street

Automatic Lofts

410 S. Morgan Street

1237 West

1237 W. Fullerton

Utility Check?

Students may need to consider additional expenses for the following utilities when renting:

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programs AVAILABLE IN Chicago