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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:

  • Discounted tickets to all Evening Associates programming, including late-night happenings
  • Unique after-hours events supporting emerging, contemporary artists
  • Invitations to special art-related events around the city
  • Intimate museum tours highlighting new pieces and well-loved works in the collection
  • Opportunities to network with other young art lovers in Chicago

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 9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. Attendees must be 21+.

Garden Party

Experience an evening in the garden, inspired by a summer exhibition. Enjoy live performances, themed cocktails from Chicago's top mixologists, and a featured after-party. Attendees must be 21+.

What to Expect

  • Open bar with themed cocktails
  • Live music and DJ sets
  • Viewing of the featured exhibition
  • Access to the nearby after-party

Tickets go on sale a month before the event. Evening Associates receive discounted pricing.

Learn more about Garden Party.

Art Walk

Join the Evening Associates Board of Directors at Art Walk and explore local galleries open late just for you. Take a unique tour through a local neighborhood and experience a wide variety of art on view. Attendees must be 21+.

What to Expect

  • A range of art from a dozen local galleries
  • Light refreshments
  • Continued conversation at the nearby after-party

Tickets go on sale a month before the event. Evening Associates receive discounted pricing.

Learn more about Art Walk.

Conversation Pieces Tours

Join your fellow Evening Associates on intimate tours through the museum’s collection, and continue the conversation with a stop in one of the museum’s restaurants. These tours are exclusively for Evening Associates and their guests.

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.


Get inspired while you brunch and spark interesting conversation with your fellow Evening Associates. ArtFeed allows you to explore a unique exhibition from multiple points of view and a live chat streaming on social media. Attendees must be 21+.

What to Expect

  • A delicious buffet and breakfast cocktails
  • Exhibition talk from a museum expert
  • Gallery viewing
  • Social media live stream

Learn more about ArtFeed.

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.

Application for the 2019 board is now open. Deadline is December 14, 2018. Apply now.

The Evening Associates have helped fund such exhibitions as Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Dreams, Helena Almeida: Work is never finished and Mounira Al Solh: I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous.

Executive Committee 

Agatha Kubalski
Chair of the Board

Joshua Izzard

Kati Rust
Chief Communications Officer

Cameron Croft

Board of Directors

Scott Banks
Brandon Belt
Jean-Paul Biondi
Erin Blakley
Shelley Bloch
Patty Bloom
Janice Bond
Caitlynde Brancovsky
Katie Callahan
Cameron Croft
Alexandra Demers
Caroline Gardner Donlin
Meghan Eagan
Max Gaby
Nicholas Hansen
Sara Heckman
Jacqueline Hoover
Megan Hurtuk
Joshua Izzard
Antoine Jennings
Meghan Jordan
Eli Kay-Oliphant
Vinod Kesavan
Whitney Krystof
Agatha Kubalski
Julie Lakonishok
Nika Levando
Jack Lubeznik
Ricardo Canedo Mondragon
Catherine Napier
Gina Natale
Paolo Palazzi-Xirinachs
John Reid
Catherine Roberts
Jeremy Rothschild
Kati Rust
Marta Ryvak
George Semaan
Tarra Sharp
Jimmy Shin
Gus Springmann
Kyle Stoner
Brett Charles Taylor
Natasha Vuppuluri
Todd Walton
Patrick Welby

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
Guy Caland-Puymartin
Brandon Clark
Newcombe Clark
Lisa Claybon
Morgan Dower
Sarah Hall
Alex Helfers
Deiken Maloney
Andrew May
Lauren Mazur
Andrea Moran
Brett Charles Taylor
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.

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