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The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago
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The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago

350 N. Orleans Street, Suite 136-L, Chicago, IL 60654-1593   |    1.312.280.3500

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Our degree programs in the areas of Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary help you focus your talents and explore what you’re passionate about. In our collaborative environment, our instructors will guide and mentor you as we help you build the skills you need to start your creative career.

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Nearly 100 years of educating students in one of the world’s most creative cities

Nearly 100 years of educating students in one of the world’s most creative cities

Founded in 1916 as The Commercial Arts School, The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago is located in a city known for advertising agencies, world-class restaurants, and high fashion. Here, students learn in a vibrant environment where creative opportunities await at every turn.

 

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Students are encouraged to first attempt to resolve complaints using the general student complaint process outlined in the catalog. Complaints may be reported to The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) through the online complaint system http://complaints.ibhe.org/ or by mail at 1 North Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377.

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Evolve Bistro

Introducing Evolve Bistro, the new student-run restaurant at The International Culinary School at The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago. Evolve Bistro captures the essence of our students' culinary evolution and is the pinnacle of their culinary education.  Evolve Bistro continually changes menu, through seasonality, ethnic cuisine, and student body.

Under the supervision of Chef Elizabeth Sweeney and an experienced and credentialed faculty of chef instructors, students create bistro-style dishes in the kitchen and run all aspects of the dining room. From food ordering and preparation to guest seating and serving, Evolve Bistro is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.

Location and hours of operation:
350 W. Mart Center Drive

Wednesday-Friday: Lunch 11:30am - 1:30pm

Make a reservation online, email us, or call 312.777.7800

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Fashion Design Students Chosen to Participate in “Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence” Fashion Design Students Chosen to Participate in “Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence”

Seven students from The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago have been chosen to participate in The 15th Anniversary “Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence” on April 29, 2016. Each student is working toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design:

  • Alante Baugh
  • Fatoumata Binta Diallo
  • Mallory Fifer
  • Victoria King
  • Tyisha Liddell
  • Alenda Little
  • Bianca Zidik

The Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence are an initiative by Driehaus Design to celebrate the future of fashion by showcasing the talents of emerging Chicago fashion design students. The 15thanniversary show, “Reflections,” will spotlight six student alumni who have since launched successful ventures.  The event will be held Friday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Judging this year’s high-energy runway competition will be industry professionals including Caryn Klein, Costume Director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Kpoene’ Kofi-Nicklin, Creative Director, Mignonette Bridal; Wendy Krimins, General Manager, Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue; and Kristin Larson, Chicago Correspondent, WWD.

Top designers win cash honorariums, and one will receive the Neiman Marcus Distinguished Designer Award and earn a showcase at the Michigan Avenue location.

Last year’s First Place Winner, Liz Bahl, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design from The Illinois Institute of Art–Chicago, will also be on hand at the event.

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/231 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Culinary Students Serve Up Lunch for Those In Need Culinary Students Serve Up Lunch for Those In Need

Recently, Culinary students from The International Culinary School at The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago served StrEAT Food from around the world to raise funds for The Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Chef Michael Howe, instructor at the school, guided six of his students in planning and executing this “Eat for Chicago” fundraiser with assistance from the Campus Relations department.

Patrons were encouraged to bring in caned goods to receive up to $2 off of lunch. The lunch menu included Crispy Halibut Tacos, Portobello Sliders, Duck Poutine, Buffalo Chicken Sausage, and Whoopie Pies.

Through their efforts, the students were able to raise $250, which equates to 750 meals for those in need. 

The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, 350 N. Orleans Street, Suite 136-L, Chicago, IL 60654. © 2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Chicago Culinary Students Prepare Meals for “A Safe Haven” Chicago Culinary Students Prepare Meals for “A Safe Haven”

Recently, culinary students at The International Culinary School at The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago helped to prepare lunch for 400 residents at “A Safe Haven.” Students in Chef Michael Howe’s class participated with the school’s culinary staff to create a menu and prepare all of the food.

“A Safe Haven” is a non-profit organization with a mission to help individuals aspire, transform, and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. The organization provides adult education, veterans housing and services, job training and placement, youth (18-24) housing and summer employment.

The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, 350 N. Orleans Street, Suite 136-L, Chicago, IL 60654. © 2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago at the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago at the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago is helping you cook-up a delicious Thanksgiving with some simple yet tasty holiday recipes and tips. Culinary Director Elizabeth Sweeney will be sharing some of these tips live on-air throughout the broadcast of McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade, as it makes its one-mile journey down State Street. The Parade will be broadcast on WGN-TV, from 8-11 am. 

The International Culinary School at The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago has also put together a book of holiday recipes that you can download and print here: Thanksgiving Recipe Booklet.pdf (9.5MB)

The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, 350 N. Orleans Street, Suite 136-L, Chicago, IL 60654.  © 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Notable alumni

Learn more from some of our grads who’ve made a name for themselves as they talk about their education, their careers, what Creativity for Life means to them, and their advice for aspiring creative professionals.

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Laurel Jones

Laurel Jones

Design consultant , NTT Centerstance

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Milonia (Milon) V. Parker

Milonia (Milon) V. Parker

CEO, Writer, Producer, Actress, & Director at MVP Productions

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Sally Stewart, Jr.

Sally Stewart

Textile Designer , Target Corporation

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Tyrone J. Strickling

Tyrone J. Strickling

Bakery Team Leader , Whole Foods Market

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Chris Shen

Chris Shen

Digital Producer, DDB

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