The SERVICE BUREAU is the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s on-campus professional digital-output center, specializing in laser printing and archival, wide-format inkjet printing.

We provide printing and finishing services to students, faculty, and staff as well as inform and instruct on proper file setup, color management, resolution, file management, print longevity, and paper types.

Service Bureau Facility Closure:
Important Dates & Access Information

Exciting changes are coming to the Service Bureau this summer! We are currently in the process of planning several projects that will result in expanded services for the SAIC community as well as a clean and organized space for our staff.

How does this affect you?
During this time, we will need to close the Service Bureau which will result in the halting of production for a short period of time.

Schedule and Important Dates

Tuesday, July 31st
The Service Bureau will be closed while staff will move all equipment and furniture out of our space.

Wednesday Aug 1st - Wednesday Aug. 8th
Cleaning, painting and equipment reconfigurations will be underway.
All work is dependent on IRFM staff and Facilities Engineering work schedule. This is the timeframe they have designated for completion of all projects. If work is completed early we will notify the SAIC community immediately.

Thursday, August, 9th
Staff move equipment back into the space.

Friday, August 10th
The Service Bureau opens and is returns to full production.

Please make arrangements to have all of your projects completed by these dates or sourced to other areas for completion. Staff will not be available and will not have capability to use our equipment during this time period.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Starting May 15th
Monday-Friday 8:30-5pm


Interested in bringing your class by for a tour?
E-mail us at

Our technicians can give a broad overview of the services we offer or discuss a more specific topic or process.

When emailing let us know what you are interested in covering and a few available dates and times.

You are welcome to work the tour into your syllabus and set up times at the beginning of the semester. We request at least a week lead time.


Risograph 101
Learn how to set up files for the Risograph printer at the Service Bureau. We will discuss creating separations, color density and other helpful tips.

7/17 4:00-5:00pm

Bookmaking 101: Perfect Bound
Learn basic InDesign file set-up and suggested guidelines for book printing Perfect Bound at the Service Bureau and more.

7/19 4:00-5:00pm

Bookmaking 101: Saddle Stitch
Learn basic InDesign file set-up and suggested guidelines for zine printing with the Saddle Stitch Booklets at the Service Bureau.

7/18 4:00-5:00pm
7/26 12:00-12:30pm

All workshops take place in the MC 908 Flex Lab. You can register for them here.


37 S. Wabash Ave. Room 1111 Chicago, Il 60603
Phone:  312-629-9155
Hours: M-F  8:30am-5:00pm Closed Sat. + Sun.