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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 are a group of young professional Art Institute members who gather about once a month to socialize and learn more about the museum and its iconic collection. Evening Associates host Unveiled, a monthly happy hour; After Dark, a late-night party in the Modern Wing; and Night Heist, the Evening Associates’ fourth annual benefit—and the event of the summer—featuring Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926–1938.

The Evening Associates Board is committed to increasing awareness of art and the resources of the Art Institute by raising funds for audience development programming.
Evening Associates enjoy the following benefits and more:

  • Behind-the-scenes tours
  • Special exhibition previews
  • VIP member-only events
  • Discounted tickets to special events

For more information and to be added to our e-mail list, please contact (312) 443-3710 or

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Who are the Evening Associates?
Evening Associates are a diverse group young vibrant Chicagoans who share a common interest: to celebrate the arts through after-hours programming. They host events from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

How will I hear from Evening Associates?
Most of our correspondence will come to you via e-mail from Please make sure that we have your current e-mail address so you are the first to know about our event schedule or updates.

What are the benefits of an Evening Associates membership?
In addition to the benefits of museum membership, Evening Associates enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive private receptions in the museum
  • Invitations to special events throughout the city
  • Exhibition tours
  • Regular e-mail updates regarding Evening Associates activities and news
  • Opportunity to connect with fellow art-inspired young professionals

How do I include my spouse or partner in my membership purchase?
Choose a membership level that includes a partner/spouse (e.g. not the Member or Student levels), then select the Dual Evening Associates option. Please be sure to complete the spouse/partner information.

What if I select a two-year base membership?
If you join the museum with a two-year base membership, you will need to select a two-year Evening Associates membership.

When will I receive my membership card?
New members will receive an e-mail confirmation after completing the purchase of a membership. Please allow two weeks to receive your membership cards in the mail.  Your card will denote your EA status.

Evening Associates Board

Executive Committee 

Jeremy Rothschild
Chairman of the Board

Paolo Palazzi-Xirinachs

Deiken Maloney

Erin Rengel
Executive Secretary

Board of Directors

Shreena Amin
Joe Anderson
Hamed Babai
Scott Banks
Vladimir Barisik
Elizabeth Bjornseth
Bryan Brown
Brandon Clark
Newcombe Clark
Lisa Claybon
Ken Click
Michael Costante
Cameron Croft
Kristin Culbertson
Alexandra Demers
Theresa Dollinger
Morgan Dower
Meghan Eagan
Jennifer Elliott
Autumn Fincher
Charlie Fox
Max Gaby
Nicholas Hansen
Lindsay Hearn
Alex Helfers
Anthony Hodes
Jacqueline Hoover
Alison Hough
Megan Hurtuk
Joshua Izzard
Paulette Jacobsmeier
Antoine Jennings
Meghan Jordan
Justin Kay
Vinod Kesavan
Agatha Kubalski
Elliott Lorenz
Andrew May
Lauren Mazur
Grant McMartin
Megan McSeveney
Sarah Meyer
Kevin Miller
Marc Moran
Catherine Napier
Gina Natale
Dan Peterson
Sara Reeves
John Reid
Kati Rust
Wade Thomson
Todd Walton
Raymond Wright
Claudia Zacharias

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

* Chairman Emeritus

How to Join

Order your Art Institute and Evening Associates membership together, or allow us to add Evening Associate status to your current Art Institute membership. To become an Evening Associates member:

  • Join us online
  • Stop by the Art Institute’s admission desk
  • Or call (312) 499-4111

To make sure you receive all the benefits Evening Associates has to offer, please be sure to include your e-mail address when joining.

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Benefits of Membership

As a member of Evening Associates, you will receive access to:

  • Educational events at the museum
  • Discounted tickets to special events
  • Private cocktail receptions
  • Exclusive, member-only events

Annual membership in the Evening Associates is $30 for an individual or $50 for two people (same household) and is added to any level of Art Institute membership.

For more information and to be added to our e-mail list, please contact (312) 443-3710 or

Night Heist featuring Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938
July 2014

The fourth annual Night Heist benefit was the most successful in the event’s history, raising more money and attracting a larger crowd than ever before! This year’s event celebrated the Art Institute’s groundbreaking summer exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938. Tickets included an exclusive after-hours tour of the Magritte exhibition, live music, performances, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and exhibition-inspired cocktails by Chicago celebrity mixologists, plus the chance to win spectacular raffle prizes like a trip to Las Vegas and VIP tickets to Lollapalooza.

Thank you to all the sponsors, donors, and volunteers who made this spectacular night possible. Check out the lucky winners of the Night Heist raffle! Congratulations and thank you for joining us for a wonderful evening.

Photo by Onassis Odelmo

Opening Reception: Steve McQueen
October 2012
Celebrating the opening of Steve McQueen, this VIP event, hosted by the Leadership Advisory Committee and the Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago, featured a private reception with the celebrated artist and filmmaker. The special evening also included McQueen’s talk and film screenings in Rubloff Auditorium, an exhibition viewing, and the evening’s After Dark.

Highlights Tour: An Insider’s Look at Film and Photo in New York
September 2012
The Evening Associates got an inside look at Film and Photo in New York. Artists such as Morris Engel, Louis Faurer, Robert Frank, Helen Levitt, Paul Strand, and Weegee, reveled in the genre of street photography and created some of America’s first avant-garde cinema. Katherine Bussard, assistant curator of photography, guided guests through the everyday scenes they captured between the 1920s and the 1950s, as well as the bustling, illuminated nightlife of New York.

Louis Faurer. New York City, c. 1949. The Art Institute of Chicago; Gift of Gordon Lee Pollock. © Mark Faurer.

Highlights Tour: American Road Trips (the Route 66 Tour)
August 2012
Did you know the infamous Route 66 begins just steps from the Art Institute of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue entrance…?  Call it what you will, the Will Rogers Highway, Main Street of America, or the Mother Road. It’s the Route 66 visit! From Chicago to Los Angeles, Route 66 runs right through the heart of the country and it starts right here at the Art Institute of Chicago. The Evening Associates enjoyed a road trip through the museum’s collections and a true taste of Americana.

Edward Hopper. Nighthawks, 1942. Friends of American Art Collection.

Highlights Tour: Pop Art and Roy Lichtenstein
July 2012
The Evening Associates got a closer look at the pieces that made art pop with a special tour of the 160 drawings, paintings, and sculptures in the exhibition, Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective. Roy Lichtenstein was deeply immersed in art history and popular culture. And the Art Institute of Chicago has worked for more than five years to bring together the largest group of Lichtenstein's works ever assembled and show the full scope of his process, interests, and ambitions.

Roy Lichtenstein. Look Mickey, 1961. The National Gallery of Art. Dorothy and Roy Lichtenstein, Gift of the Artist, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art. © National Gallery of Art.

After Dark: Lichtenstein
June 2012
The Evening Associates collaborated with After Dark for a late-night exploration of the museum. Guests enjoyed special tours of Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective hosted by the Evening Associates then rocked out to bands, DJs, and performances by acclaimed theatrical ensemble Collaboraction.

Night Heist: Fashioning the Object
April 2012
The second annual Night Heist benefit, hosted by the Evening Associates Board of Directors, returned as one of Chicago's hottest and most eagerly anticipated social events of the year. Hundreds of guests gathered for a private preview of Architecture & Design’s special exhibition, Fashioning the Object: Bless, Boudicca, Sandra Backlund; musical performances by Hey Champ, DJ Hugo Seda, and Edith Yokley; an animated photo booth courtesy of the Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy; flash mob dance performers organized by Dance Chicago; cocktails; and more.

Behind the Scenes: Award-Winning Gardens of the Art Institute
April 2012
Evening Associates went behind the scenes with the man behind the award-winning gardens, Tom Wolfe. Tom, the landscaping and grounds foreperson, has been responsible for the lush lawns, towering trees, and abundant urns for more than 30 years. He constructs his masterpieces with a mix of 70/30 native seasonal plants and purchases them from local growers. He is keen to work with the season, environment, and region to support the ecosystem.

Unveiled: International Poster Fair
March 2012
The Evening Associates welcomed the return of the International Vintage Poster Fair, the world's oldest and largest sale and exposition of original vintage posters, at the Chicago Cultural Center. The year's feature exhibition, "Seven Deadly Sins," showcased the infamous vices—wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony—depicted through original vintage posters.

Highlights Tour: Love in Paris
February 2012
Love was in the air as Evening Associates took a romantic tour of the Art Institute. Famous Impressionist works took center stage as the this tour of amour celebrated Paris, the city of light and lovers, known to be one of the most romantic places on earth.

Highlights Tour: Tropical Escapes
January 2012
Because January is the coldest month of the year in Chicago, Evening Associates warmed up at the Art Institute while enjoying the beach, sun, and sand in artworks from the warmer latitudes.

Unveiled: Andy Warhol’s “Empire”
December 2011
In December, young Chicagoans gathered to celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of Andy Warhol’s groundbreaking conceptual film, Empire. The film, projected across Millennium Park onto the Aon Center, was shot in one, continuous take over the course of a single evening in 1964.  The silent film features time-lapse footage of the Empire State Building as its stately elegance is transformed by dusk, nightfall, and finally, darkness. This extraordinary evening also featured a private viewing of the special exhibition, Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964-1977, before it opened to the public.