The Little Studio is a new community rental space on the seventh floor (732) of the historic Fine Arts Building. it’s the ideal space for small companies or individual presenters needing a flexible room to stage readings, rehearsals, open mics, auditions, classes, comedy performances, and more.

Taking its name from the history of “little” groups throughout the Fine Arts Building’s history — including the weekly artists’ gathering the Little Room, the avant-garde literary magazine the Little Review, and the revolutionary theatre that launched Chicago’s storefront movement, the Chicago Little Theatre — the Little Studio is a multidisciplinary gathering space for experimentation and collaboration.

The Little Studio is available for licensing on a half-day (4 hour), full-day (8 hour), and weekly basis.

Rent the Little Studio

A new community rental space for classes, rehearsals, workshops, open mics, auditions, readings, and more, centrally located in the historic Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago.
Submit this form if you are interested in temporary, short-term rental of the Little Studio, our workshop and rehearsal space. This space is licensed at half-day (4 hours), full-day (8 hours), and weekly rates. Extended buyouts are possible. Please submit your form only once and avoid submitting multiple forms regarding the same request. This can severely delay processing. Details or questions can be addressed in follow up correspondence. Replies to this form occur within 5 to 7 business days.
Does the Little Studio meet your needs? 

Begin by visiting the Little Studio FAQs page for answers to our commonly asked questions.




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The Little Studio is operated by Arts Entertainment LLC.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Fine Arts Building’s Little Studio is located in studio 732, on the 7th floor of 410 S Michigan Avenue in Chicago’s south loop and is highly accessible by a range of city buses or trains.

The Little Studio may be used from 9:00am to 10:00pm.

The Little Studio is located on the seventh floor of the Fine Arts Building by way of elevator or stairs.

Available for rehearsals, workshops, audition hosting, classes, open mics, or other small events, the Fine Arts Building’s Little Studio is a unique and historic facility that can accommodate the short term needs of your company or production.

The distribution or consumption of alcohol is not permitted in our rehearsal space area.

Licensing can occur on a half-day (4 hour), full-day (8 hour), or weekly basis. Extended buyouts of the Little Studio are also possible.

Rehearsal licenses last for a maximum duration of four months (16 weeks) and are renewable quarterly. For example, a license that begins in January will expire in April. To continue beyond April, a new license would need to be issued beginning in May.

Time Half day (4 hours) Full day (8 hours) Weekly
License Rate $100.00 $175.00 $550.00

Weekly: Between 5-7 consecutive days (e.g. Monday – Sunday).

Inquirers have 10 business days to confirm use of the space. After submitting the rehearsal inquiry form and indicating that a license is desired, a temporary hold is placed into the master calendar for the requested dates. If the requested dates are not available you will be notified.

After 10 days, all holds are automatically released and made immediately available to other potential licensees.

No. At this time no other eligible discounts for students, teachers, or educators can be applied to the rental fee structure.

There is one single occupant restroom available in the Little Studio, accessible via one step up, and one single stall restroom available directly outside the studio space on the seventh floor. Additional large restrooms, washer/dryer ($1.50 each), and showers are available on the fifth floor of the building. Many single stall restrooms are located on floors 4 through 10.

During winter months our studio spaces are equipped with forced radiator heat. The overall temperature of the spaces cannot be adjusted.

General improvements have been applied to all spaces such as cleaning, resurfacing, repainting, and mild repairs that help keep the space functional. Improvements within our historic space are ongoing.

Yes, Wi-Fi is available in the Little Studio.

Audio playback is not available in the Little Studio at this time.

No, the Little Studio does not have a rehearsal piano. If you require a piano, please consider our Annex Studios dance rehearsal spaces. The rehearsal piano is only available in the Annex’s Studio C. The other rental spaces are not equipped with pianos, and the piano cannot be moved to other spaces. Our rehearsal piano remains available only with Studio C.

Length Width Ceiling  SF Door
Entry Door 2′ 8″ 7′ 4”
Little Studio 47′ 6″ 17′ 7” 10′ 8” 820 2′ 8″ x 7′ 4″
Entry Hall 10′ 2” 4′ 6″ 10′ 6” 46 2′ 8″ x 7′ 4″
Foyer 10′ 9” 8′ 4″ 10′ 6” 49
Green Room 10′ 3″ 7′ 2″ 10′ 9” 74 2′ x 6′ 6″

All spaces within the Little Studio is accessible by wheelchair, with the exception of the restroom, which requires one step up to access. The nearest accessible restroom is on the sixth floor, which can be reached by elevator.

The Little Studio is located on the 7th floor of the Fine Arts Building, and is able to be reached by either elevator or stair.

A single stall restroom is located directly outside the Little Studio. There is also a restroom within the Little Studio, which has one step up at its entrance.

Within the Little Studio space, doorways and entrances are flat. The entrance to the Little Studio is a door which is 2′ 8″ at its narrowest and leads through a hallway which is 4′ 6″ at its narrowest.

Doorway measurements are as follows:

Main entrance: 2′ 8″ wide by 7′ 4″ tall

Little Studio entrance: 2′ 8″ wide by 7′ 4″ tall

Green Room entrance: 2″ wide by 6′ 6″ tall

Restroom entrance: 2′ 7″ wide by 6′ 7″ tall, with one step up

If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact us at Thank you!

  1. Complete the Little Studio rental form on the rental page here. Please ensure that you complete the correct form, otherwise you risk a delay in response or being filed with the incorrect party who can assist you. Incorrect form submission can cause unnecessary delay in communication.
  2. Accurately complete the entire submission form. To provide efficient customer service, the information provided in the form automatically generates information we use to identify an inquiry in the queue. It is important that your information is accurately spelled and complete.
  3. Ensure that your dates, times, and rental request information is correct before submitting the form. All required fields should be accurate before submitting your inquiry. You will not be able to resubmit or edit a form that is already in process.
  4. Please do not submit multiple forms regarding the same request; this is very important. Multiple submissions can severely delay processing as the information will have to be manually sorted and merged into a single file. This can add time to your overall inquiry and may delay communications from our offices. Details can be addressed in follow up correspondence from our office.
  5. Forms are processed in the order they have been received. Inquiry forms are placed into a digital queue and our rental representative will contact you through email using the information on file.
  6. After speaking with the rental agent and securing a rental space, your inquiry will be moved into the licensing process. At this time you will receive a digital copy of the Fine Arts Building Licensing agreement, complete with our terms and conditions and the applicable licensing fee. In order to secure your space, this form should be returned as soon as possible. Licenses that are not returned within 7 days of receipt become null in our system. If a license is not signed and returned within 7 days after it has been sent, a new inquiry must be made. The new inquiry will return to the end of the digital queue.
  7. Initial replies to the Little Studio form occur within 5 to 7 business days and will arrive at the email address provided in the form. Please ensure that responses do not land in your spam or junk folders.

Currently we are able to accept payment through check or credit card. Credit card payments incur a 3.5% fee, plus fifteen cents. For example,  a total for a license of $100.00 paid with credit card would be $103.65.

Payment details will be included with confirmed license information. Payment for rehearsal space must be collected in-full, no fewer than 7 days before license begins.

In accordance with all current local and federal mandates, Fine Arts Building follows all guidelines as directed by public health agencies.

While masks are no longer required while visiting the Fine Arts Building, we encourage guests to use proper masking in the common areas of the building.

Since we strive to provide safe access to our facilities, while supporting the creative pursuits of our licensees and tenants, we ask that visitors consider the benefits of a full vaccination status before using the rehearsal studios.

We advise all licensees consider obtaining either Rapid or PCR testing from all individuals using the space together.

Yes. Before you begin the process of submitting your licensing form, it may be helpful to know that licensees are required to purchase personal liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000.00 through the term of a license and any renewal period. Licensees must also name Fine Arts LLC, Arts Entertainment LLC, and Berger Realty Group LLC as additional insured thereunder.

Thank you!

We hope that this information has helped answer your questions. If you still have questions that are not related to the information above, please include them in your rental form.

Ready to begin the licensing process and reserve a rehearsal space? Begin your inquiry with this form.

The Fine Arts Building looks forward to meeting your rental requirements and welcomes you to our historic space.

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