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Membership Levels

Members enjoy free access to the museum every day, discounts in the Museum Shop and restaurants, access to the Member Lounge, and exclusive member-only events—from exhibition previews to curator talks. Join us!

All of our membership levels are family friendly! Each level includes admission for all children 18 and under in the member household.*


  • $90 one year
  • $170 two years
  • Admission for 1 member plus 1 guest
  • Subscription to the award-winning Member Magazine

Member Plus

  • $135 one year
  • $255 two years
  • Admission for up to 4 adults
  • Second member card
  • $5 discount on parking
  • All Member benefits

Premium Member

  • $185 one year
  • $345 two years
  • Admission for up to 6 adults
  • Reciprocal privileges to 15 art museums

Cincinnati Art Museum 
Cleveland Museum of Art 
Dallas Museum of Art
High Museum of Art (Atlanta) 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art 
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts 
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, Missouri) 
Philadelphia Museum of Art 
Saint Louis Art Museum 
The Toledo Museum of Art 
Vancouver Art Gallery 
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) 
Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Invitation to annual after-hours exhibition celebration
  • All Member Plus benefits


  • $50 one year
  • Admission for 1 member plus 1 guest
  • Member e-communications
  • Proof of full-time student status required


  • $70 one year
  • Admission for 1 member
  • Member e-communications

Memberships are nontransferable and nonrefundable. Cardholders must be present to receive member benefits. Individuals living 100 miles or more outside of Chicago are eligible for 10% off Member, Member Plus, and Premium Member levels.

*Student and E-Member memberships do not include admission for children 18 and under.

The Lionhearted levels offer the opportunity to deepen your relationship with the museum and its mission.

Lions Council

  • $500 one year
  • Admission for six adults
  • Private insider tour of the museum for member and nine guests—call (312) 443-3504.
  • Invitation to annual season opening event
  • Half-priced gift memberships
  • All Premium Member benefits

Lions Roundtable

  • $1,000 one year
  • Admission for eight adults
  • Recognition in Annual Report
  • All Lions Council benefits

Lions Circle

  • $1,500 one year
  • Admission for eight adults
  • Invitation to A. James Speyer Lecture, featuring a noted contemporary artist
  • Select opportunities to participate in Sustaining Fellows' activities
  • All Lions Roundtable benefits

The Sustaining Fellows are the premier giving society of the Art Institute. This group brings together individuals who recognize the museum's commitment to artistic quality by supporting it with an unrestricted annual gift of $2,500 or more. For information, please call (312) 443-3735.

Sustaining Fellows


  • Admission for 8 adults
  • Invitations to exclusive Sustaining Fellows events including:
    • Exhibition openings, private showings, and curatorial overviews
    • Seminar series—intimate curatorial surveys of the behind-the-scenes development of a special exhibition or a unique aspect of the museum
  • Exclusive travel opportunities for two individuals on curator-escorted customized tours
  • Copy of The Art Institute: The Essential Guide (for first-time members)
  • Recognition in the Art Institute's annual report and public museum signage
  • Discounts on the museum’s audio guides, parking, on-site dining, and purchases in the Museum Shop

New rate available for Sustaining Fellows 40 and under—enjoy all the benefits of Sustaining Fellows with an annual unrestricted gift of $1,500.

Bronze Sustaining Fellows


All Sustaining Fellows benefits plus:

  • Special event invitations and opportunities for exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences at the museum
  • Concierge services to arrange customized museum tours
  • Preferred seating (with reservations) at select lectures in Fullerton Hall

Silver Sustaining Fellows


All Bronze-level benefits plus:

  • Invitations to VIP events with director and curators
  • Curator-led, behind-the-scenes tour of a specialized area of the museum outside of regular museum hours
  • Priority reservations for all Sustaining Fellows events and travel programs
  • Preferred seating (with reservations) at select lectures in Fullerton Hall

Sterling Silver Sustaining Fellows


All Silver-level benefits plus:

  • Premier access to the Chicago Humanities Festival President's Lecture, hosted by the President and Eloise W. Martin Director and special guest speaker
  • Invitations to exclusive events and concierge services provided for select annual domestic and international art shows

Gold Sustaining Fellows


All Sterling Silver–level benefits plus:

  • A private tour of the museum or a special exhibition with the organizing curator
  • Opportunities to join the Art Institute's president and director at private luncheons and dinners with visiting artists, scholars, and distinguished guests
  • Concierge services for select museum visits worldwide, including admission, reservations, exhibition ticket assistance, and private tours when available

Platinum Sustaining Fellows

$50,000 and above

All Gold-level benefits plus:

  • Invitations to all exhibition openings and select special events
  • Tour of the museum’s galleries with the director or the chair of a curatorial department