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Video Data Bank
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
112 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 310
Chicago, IL 60603
Fax: 312.541.8073
Tel: 312.345.3550
HOURS: Mon. – Fri. 9a.m. – 5p.m. (CT)

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vdb screening room

The Video Data Bank Screening Room is free and open to the public by appointment. To schedule viewing time please call 312.345.3550 or email our Distribution Manager with the following information: 

Name • Phone • Email Address • Requested Date & Time • Requested Titles

We will respond to confirm your appointment. The screening room can fit 3-4 guests comfortably. If you are planning to visit the VDB with a large group, please contact so we can work with you to facilitate access.


The VDB is located in a School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) building. 36 S Wabash Ave, 14th floor is located at the North West corner of Wabash and Monroe.

Public transportation: Red Line (Monroe) • Brown/Purple/Green/Orange Line (Adams/Wabash) • Blue Line (Monroe)

Screening Room Policies

  • Each booking can be a maximum duration of two hours, unless a special research exception is granted.
  • The screening room will be held open for no longer than fifteen minutes after your allocated start time. If you are running late please call us.
  • If possible, please select in advance which titles you wish to view.  We cannot guarantee works will be available if you select your titles on the day of viewing
  • Please leave the screening room tidy, with all equipment and lights switched off as a courtesy to the next guest.