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Evening Associates

Broaden your mind and your social circle. Join the Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Evening Associates is a group of young professional Art Institute members, ages 21–40, who enjoy a full schedule of exciting programs and benefits including:

  • Special events highlighting art that's newly on view
  • 50% off tickets to After Dark, the recurring late-night party in the Modern Wing featuring a major exhibition
  • Discounted tickets to Night Heist, the Evening Associates Board's annual benefit
  • Invitations to special art-related events around the city


How to Join

Annual membership to the Evening Associates is $30 for an individual or $50 for two people in the same household in addition to any basic Art Institute membership. Already a current member of the Art Institute? No problem, you can add an Evening Associates membership at any point in your membership.

Join online, by calling (312) 499-4111, or at any on-site Member Services desk.

After Dark

See the Art Institute in a new light with After Dark, a late night event hosted by the Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago on select Fridays in the Modern Wing from 9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. (21+)

What to Expect

  • Engaging tours of featured exhibitions
  • Live music from up-and-coming artists and DJs
  • Interactive performances by acclaimed theater company Collaboraction
  • Art-making activities
  • Complimentary appetizers and cash bar

Tickets go on sale a few weeks before each event. Join Evening Associates and be the first to know!

  • $15 Evening Associates members, $20 members and students, $30 general admission
  • Get your tickets early—After Dark is the most popular event hosted by the Evening Associates. Tickets sell out well in advance of each event!

Mark your calendars for the next After Dark!


Meet other young art lovers over a creatively composed meal and an exclusive talk from a museum expert at ArtFEED. Hosted quarterly on Sunday mornings, 11:00-1:00, or Thursday evenings, 6:00–8:00 p.m. (21+)

What to Expect
○    Museum admission with ticket purchase
○    Unique themed meal buffet
○    Complimentary specialty cocktails
○    Insider’s talk on the featured exhibition
○    Interactive social media opportunities

Tickets go on sale about one month before each event.  Join Evening Associates and be the first to learn when tickets go on sale!

  • $35 Evening Associates members, $40 members, $50 nonmembers
  • Get your tickets early—ArtFEED tickets sell out well in advance of each event!

Night Heist

The Art Institute of Chicago’s Evening Associates Board invites you to “steal the night away” at the annual fundraiser Night Heist. Established to support the Art Institute’s legacy for future generations, this consistently sold-out evening is the event of the year for young art-inspired professionals.

●    June 24, 2016 —Tickets now on sale!

What to Expect
○    Exclusive access to the featured exhibition
○    VIP Reception
○    Live music and special performances
○    Themed cocktails from celebrated Chicago mixologists, beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres
○    Raffle with coveted prize packages
○    Special tours of the featured exhibition throughout the evening
○    Official after party

The Evening Associates Board is a diverse group of young art-inspired professionals, innovators, and philanthropists committed to engaging Chicago’s under-40 community with the Art Institute of Chicago, driving Evening Associates membership, and promoting an understanding and appreciation of the arts. They were named the 2015 Associate Board of the Year by Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago (YNPN Chicago).

Executive Committee 

Jeremy Rothschild
Chairman of the Board

Paolo Palazzi-Xirinachs

Erin Rengel
Chief Communications Officer

Lauren Mazur

Board of Directors

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Joe Anderson
Phillipe Andre
Hamed Babi
Scott Banks
Vladimir Barisik
Elizabeth Bjornseth
Janice Bond
Caitlynde Brancovsky
Julia Burke
Guy Caland-Puymartin
Newcombe Clark
Lisa Claybon
Ken Click
Cameron Croft
Kristin Culbertson
Alexandra Demers
Morgan Dower
Meghan Eagan
Jennifer Elliott
Autumn Fincher
Max Gaby
Nicholas Hansen
Lindsay Hearn
Sara Heckman
Alex Helfers
Anthony Hodes
Jacqueline Hoover
Alison Hough
Megan Hurtuk
Joshua Izzard
Antoine Jennings
Meghan Jordan
Azeeza Kahn
Justin Kay
Eli Kay-Oliphant
Whitney Krystof
Agatha Kubalski
Julie Lakonishok
Justine Lee
Nika Levando
Jack Lubeznik
Deiken Maloney
Claire Molek
Marc Moran
Catherine Napier
John Reid
Kati Rust
Jimmy Shin
Brett Charles Taylor
Wade Thomson
Todd Walton

Melissa Allen*
Glenn Eden*
Andrea Moran*
Bill Noonan*
* Chairman Emeritus

To stay up-to-date on all things Evening Associates, including our popular after-hours events, sign up for our e-news or call (312) 499-4111.

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