SAE Institute

Study Audio and Entertainment Business in the heart of the River North Neighborhood in Chicago.
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Campus overview

SAE Institute Chicago opened its doors in 2013. Our campus offers programs in Audio and Entertainment Business and is conveniently situated in the River North neighborhood.

SAE Institute Chicago offers

A bustling, 19,000 square foot campus
Industry standard equipment and facilities
Lifetime career services support and student advisors to help throughout your studies
Expert faculty, many who’ve won awards and are currently working in the industry


Eight professionally equipped studios
A Live Room featuring a full drum kit and baby grand piano.
D-Control, providing our students with the latest technology in post-production and scoring experience.
SSL Duality SE 48 Channel Mixing Console with Patchbay
Four classrooms with computer stations including an iMac computer, Apollo Twin audio interface, and a Novation Launchkey Mini keyboard.
Industry standard hardware and software
An 82-seat HD surround sound theater
Avid Pro Tools, Focal, Focusrite, Genelec, Lexicon, Native Instruments, and more
A Learning Resource Center with 13 iMac computers and a fully equipped library packed full of inspiring books.
Studio Tech Office with frequently used gear.
SAE Institute Chicago 820 N.Orleans #125, Chicago, IL 60610 Get Directions
Business Hours
Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm
Class Hours
Monday to Friday: 9am - 10:30pm



Meet campus director Jim Kapitan

“I came to SAE Institute in 2017 with over 20 years of experience in higher education and higher education administration because I was drawn to the passion and energy of the students.”

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Spring Open House Nashville

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Spring Open House — Nashville

Our accredited, hands-on Audio programs are starting on December 10th, and there’s still time to secure your spot at our Nashville campus.

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Summer Open Enrollment Week Miami

Open Enrollment Week
Open Enrollment Week Miami

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Summer Open Enrollment Week New York

Open Enrollment Week
Open Enrollment Week New York

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Open Enrollment Week Nashville

Open Enrollment Week
Open Enrollment Week Nashville

Classes at SAE Institute Nashville start soon, and we would like to invite you to join us during Open Enrollment Week to finalize your enrollment and secure your spot.

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Open Enrollment Week Miami

Open Enrollment Week
Open Enrollment Week Miami

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Virtual Open House Miami

Virtual Open House
Virtual Open house Miami

Make your passion your profession and fast-track your career in the creative media industry at SAE Miami Institute.

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