Designed exclusively for the enjoyment of our loyal members, the Member Lounge is your place to relax, learn, and socialize with friends.
Located on the lower level, next to the Museum Café
Whether you're taking a break with a complimentary cup of coffee or tea, reading the latest museum catalogue, or connecting with a membership representative to sign up for an event, the lounge has become a must for every member's visit. Freshly renovated with a sleek new island bar and a shared barista station, where members can order cocktails, beer, wine, espresso drinks, and smoothies.* The space also includes a private outdoor summer patio in McKinlock Court, making the Member Lounge one of the most unique and inviting spaces in the museum.
Guests of members are always welcome in the lounge. Beverage service ends one hour before closing.
Holiday Hot Chocolate
November 22–January 4 Our famous hot chocolate is back—just for members! Get warm and cozy with a complimentary cup of chocolate deliciousness while relaxing in the lounge.
Thursdays, 5:00–7:30 Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow members and a cash bar with beer, wine, and specialty cocktails including the signature member cocktail, the Nighthawk. No reservations necessary; stop by and enjoy this member hot spot.
* Beer, wine, cocktails, and other specialty drinks are for purchase.
18 hours 8 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago FRIDAY—Kick off the holidays in Chicago with a time-honored tradition as we don our beloved lions with traditional evergreen wreaths. Warm up with free hot chocolate, enjoy live music and family activities in the museum, and visit our Neapolitan crèche and the Holiday Thorne Rooms.
WREATHING OF THE LIONS—http://bit.ly/1ATN0Qy
1 day 10 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago We are thrilled to welcome internationally recognized Chinese art scholar Tao Wang as the Pritzker Chair of the Department of Asian Art and Curator of Chinese Art, as the department aggressively seeks to expand the reach and raise the profile of our Asian collections and programs.
“I am thrilled to join such a storied institution,” said Wang. “This is an exciting time in the field of Asian art, and I look forward to using my knowledge and connections to enhance the Art Institute’s already distinguished collection of Asian art, as well as to promote its research in this area.”