Time for a dose of SAIC history - remember when we lived in the Playboy Mansion?

Yes, it’s totally true. School of the Art Institute rented the giant building originally used as the Playboy Mansion for six years (for only $10 a year!) in the late 1980s, using the space as dormitories and classrooms. The building at 1340 N. State Parkway, built in 1899, was used until the school sold it in 1990 after purchasing what is now our Sharp building on Monroe & Wabash Avenues.

Hugh Hefner used the Victorian-style mansion as the original Playboy Mansion (Hefner was born in Chicago, don’t you know?) from 1959 until 1974, when he moved full-time to the more famous “Playboy Mansion West” in Hollywood. The Hefners still have a friendly connection to SAIC, however— Christie Hefner, Hef’s daughter and the former CEO of Playboy Enterprises— visited the school for a luncheon with students this past spring. Vincent, one of our just-graduated student ambassadors, posted this picture of her very awesome visit.

Read more about SAIC and the Chicago Playboy Mansion in this excellent Chicago Tribune article.

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