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.
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 9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. Attendees must be 21+.
Join your fellow Evening Associates on tours through the museum’s collection, and continue the conversation with a stop in one of the museum’s restaurants. Tours are held throughout the year on Thursday evenings, 6:00–7:00. (For guests 21+)
What to Expect
An expert guide through the galleries
Unique tours, highlighting new pieces and well-loved works in the collection
Conversation and camaraderie with your fellow members
Tickets go on sale a few weeks before each event. Join Evening Associates and be the first to learn when tickets go on sale.
$10 Evening Associates members only
Mark your calendar for the next ProvocaTour on March 9.
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. (For guests 21+)
What to Expect
Museum admission with ticket purchase
Unique themed meal buffet
Complimentary specialty cocktails
Insider’s talk on the featured exhibition
Tickets go on sale about one month before each event. Join Evening Associates and be the first to learn when tickets go on sale!
Get your tickets early—ArtFEED tickets sell out well in advance of each event!
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. (For guests 21+)
See photos from this year's Night Heist by following our Facebook page.
What to Expect
Exclusive access to the featured exhibition
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
The Evening Associates Board of Directors is a group of young leaders that engages thousands of their fellow Chicagoans in supporting the arts and the Art Institute. The board is a diverse group of young, art-inspired professionals whose mission is to engage Chicago’s young creative explorers with the Art Institute of Chicago, drive Evening Associates membership, promote an understanding and appreciation of the arts, and fundraise for exhibitions featuring emerging artists.
Joe Anderson Scott Banks Vladimir Barisik Jean-Paul Biondi Patty Bloom Janice Bond Caitlynde Brancovsky Guy Caland-Puymartin Katie Callahan Lisa Claybon Ken Click Cameron Croft Kristin Culbertson Alexandra Demers Meghan Eagan Max Gaby Caroline Gardner Nicholas Hansen Sara Heckman Alex Helfers Anthony Hodes Jacqueline Hoover Alison Hough Megan Hurtuk Joshua Izzard Antoine Jennings Meghan Jordan Justin Kay Eli Kay-Oliphant Whitney Krystof Agatha Kubalski Julie Lakonishok Nika Levando Jack Lubeznik Marc Moran Catherine Napier John Reid Kati Rust Marta Ryvak George Semaan Tarra Sharp Jimmy Shin Gus Springmann Kyle Stoner Brett Charles Taylor Todd Walton
Evening Associates Alumni Program
The Alumni program is composed of former board members serving in an advisory role. Alumni are selected based on their contributions while an active member, number of years served, and continuing involvement.
Lauren Ashley Allan Melissa Allen Elizabeth Bjornseth Brandon Clark Michele Davies Morgan Dower Deiken Maloney Andrew May Andrea Moran Wade Thomson Raymond Wright
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.
1 hour 47 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—In 1963 Melvin Edwards began Lynch Fragments, a series of welded steel assemblages made in response to the tumultuous social climate of the Civil Rights movement. The title of the series evokes the horrifying images of racist mob violence, yet Edwards’s works distill the subject into a powerful sculptural language, fusing modernist abstraction with a sense of personal and collective history.
Afrophoenix No. 1—one of the earliest objects from the series—exemplifies how the artist physically transformed found objects and brought them together in poetically suggestive, tension-filled compositions. Here the formal arrangement of steel elements evokes an equestrian bridle and bit. Chains, hammers, nails, spikes, and screws magnify the sculpture’s associative power, recalling implements of labor and torture. At the same the title references the mythological phoenix—alluding to death, rebirth, and transformation.
See Afrophoenix No. 1 (1963) by Melvin Edwards in Gallery 289D.
6 hours 12 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Modern Velvet: A Sense of Luxury in the Age of Industry
With their plush, inviting, and varied textures, the velvets featured in this exhibition showcase the diversity of modern velvet as well as the effects of industry on its production. As industrial innovations at the turn of the 19th century allowed for faster production and encouraged the use of less costly materials, designers and manufacturers of velvet sought to maintain its association with wealth, luxury, and splendor.
Learn how this elegant fabric has inspired designers for centuries, with a wide range of examples from the 19th century to present day—closing March 19.
17 hours 12 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Just like the museum's collection comes from artists around the world, so does the Museum Shop’s assortment of products. We source exclusive products from artisans that are inspired by the cultures, mediums, and techniques represented in our museum collection. View our assortment of unique items from India.