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School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Grand Ballroom at MacLean Center (Illinois Athletic Club)

Address

112 S. Michigan Ave.

Neighborhood

Downtown

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: Closed

Sun, Oct 16: 10am - 5pm

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Barnett, Hayes & Barnett, 1908

Website

saic.edu

Description

The former Illinois Athletic Club Building opened in 1908. In 1985, a $25-million renovation added six stories. The School of the Art Institute took over the building in 1993. The stunning ballroom, restored by the school's Historic Preservation Department to its 1930s appearance, originally served as a club dining room and has won numerous awards for architectural excellence. It boasts 26-foot ceilings, marbled columns and an original terrazzo dance floor. The ballroom's grand piano allegedly came from the former Playboy mansion.

Behind the Scenes

See the Grand Ballroom of the former Illinois Athletic Club.