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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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College Bound is an 11-week college experience for high school juniors and seniors to connect with others that share your interests while taking college level courses designed to help you grow, discover yourself, and create something awesome.

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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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News and events

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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Culinary Director, Chef Liz Sweeney writes article for Chef Magazine Culinary Director, Chef Liz Sweeney writes article for Chef Magazine

(Chicago, November 2015)  Culinary Director, Chef Sweeney, Culinary Director at The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago has written an article about special diets for the latest issue of Chef Magazine.   Her article is entitled:  “Special Diets:  With an increase in health-conscious and food allergy-treated consumers, chefs are more mindful in the kitchen”.

Chef Sweeney’s article begins on Page 25 in Chef Magazine.  Click on the link to read the article:

http://www.talcottdigi.com/1115chef/


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, IL60654-1593 © 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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The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago Provides Home Cooked Dinner for Chicago Youth The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago Provides Home Cooked Dinner for Chicago Youth

(Chicago, November 2015)  Thanksgiving came early for young people who had once been part of the child welfare system in Cook County. The Foster Care Alumni of America, Illinois Chapter, held its fifth annual holiday dinner on Saturday, November 21.  This year, The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago helped the celebration extend to more than one hundred older teens and young adults, plus 30 volunteers.

The dinner originated in one living room for youth who would otherwise go without a traditional family celebration on Thanksgiving.  This year the event was held at Uhlich Children's Advantage Network (UCAN), a residential facility for youth under Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) care on Chicago’s West Side, with room for tables, a buffet and entertainment.  ILIA-Chicago chefs prepared and donated trays of macaroni and cheese, greens, handmade rolls, desserts and condiments to add a true “homestyle” feel to the dinner.

All afternoon youth could eat, catch up, and listen to music at a gathering designed under the banner of “It Begins With Us: Giving Youth a Place to Go for Thanksgiving.” DCFS Director George Sheldon also extended an invitation to other cabinet heads so they could witness the positive impact of encouraging young people after they leave the child welfare system. 

Public sector volunteers included: First Lady Diana Rauner, Chief Justice Anne Burke, Public Guardian Robert Harris, and the heads of the Illinois departments of Public Health and Healthcare and Family Services.


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, IL60654-1593 © 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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The Art Institute of Michigan Teams Up with the Rachael Ray Show to Provide Cooking Lessons The Art Institute of Michigan Teams Up with the Rachael Ray Show to Provide Cooking Lessons

The Art Institute of Michigan is teaming up with the Rachael Ray Show to provide cooking lessons to the students enrolled at Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. During filming of the Rachael Ray Show’s Thanksgiving episode, on Monday, November 16, Ray unveiled a completely renovated kitchen for the students, complete with new appliances and a study space. To help Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program get the most out of this new kitchen, The Art Institute of Michigan is going to provide four lessons/demos on healthy eating and nutrition at the gym throughout the next year. 

Three culinary instructors from The Art Institute of Michigan appeared on the show to announce the gift of the cooking lessons, and the episode will air Wednesday, November 25. In the Detroit area, please tune into WDIV-TV at 2pm. For additional times and channels, visit http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/show-info/showtimes/.

For more information on Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, visit http://downtownyouthboxing.org/

Read more about the filming on Detroit Free Press:  http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/11/16/rachel-ray-laila-ali-downtown-detroit-boxing-gym/75905200/

The Art Institute of Michigan 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 Art Institute of Michigan, 28175 Cabot Drive, Novi, MI 48377. © 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

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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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