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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 under 18 years old in the member household.*


  • $105 one year
  • $200 two years
  • Admission for 2 adults total, at least one of whom must be a cardholder
  • Subscription to the Art Institute's Member Magazine
  • Access to the Member Lounge
  • $5 discount at downtown Millennium Garages

Member Plus

  • $150 one year
  • $285 two years
  • Admission for 4 adults total, at least one of whom must be a cardholder
  • Option to add an additional cardholder
  • All Member benefits

Premium Member

  • $200 one year
  • $375 two years
  • Admission for 6 adults total, at least one of whom must be a cardholder
  • 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 private exhibition celebration
  • All Member Plus benefits


  • $75 one year
  • Admission for 2 adults total, at least one of whom must be a cardholder
  • Member e-communications
  • Proof of full-time student status required


  • $75 one year
  • Admission for 1 adult
  • Member e-communications

Memberships are nontransferable and nonrefundable. Cardholders must be present to receive member benefits.

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

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

Lions Council

  • $500 one year
  • Admission for 6 adults total, at least one of whom must be a cardholder
  • Exclusive tour for member and allotted guests with a museum docent*
  • Invitation to annual exhibition celebration
  • Half-priced gift memberships
  • All Premium Member benefits

Lions Roundtable

  • $1,000 one year
  • Admission for 8 adults total, at least one of whom must be a cardholder
  • Recognition in Annual Report
  • All Lions Council benefits

Lions Circle

  • $1,500 one year
  • Admission for 8 adults total, at least one of whom must be a cardholder
  • Invitation to A. James Speyer Lecture, featuring a noted contemporary artist
  • Select opportunities to participate in Sustaining Fellows' activities
  • All Lions Roundtable benefits

*A nominal fee applies. Call (312) 499-4111 for details.

The Sustaining Fellows is the premier annual giving society of the Art Institute. Your tax-deductible gift of $2,500 or more provides critical, unrestricted philanthropy to the museum and brings you even closer to its world-renowned collection and curators. Join at the level that’s right for you, and begin to experience the Art Institute like never before. Call (312) 443-3735 for more information or to join over the phone.

Sustaining Fellow


All Lion's Circle benefits plus:

  • Admission for 8 adults total
  • Invitations to exclusive Sustaining Fellows events including:
    • Exhibition openings, private showings, and curatorial overviews
    • Intimate seminar series with curators 
  • Exclusive travel opportunities 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
  • Discounts on the museum’s audio guides, parking, on-site dining, and purchases in the Museum Shop
  • Subscription to Museum Portraits

Sustaining Fellows 40 and under enjoy all the benefits of the Sustaining Fellows with an unrestricted gift of $1,500.

Bronze Sustaining Fellow


All Sustaining Fellow benefits, plus:

  • Additional exclusive event invitations, including the special chairman's event
  • Concierge services to arrange customized museum tours
  • Preferred seating (with reservations) at select lectures in Fullerton Hall and Rubloff Auditorium

Silver Sustaining Fellow


All Bronze-level benefits plus:

  • Invitations to VIP events with director and curators
  • Private curator-led, behind-the-scenes experience outside of regular museum hours
  • Priority reservations for Sustaining Fellows travel programs

Sterling Silver Sustaining Fellow


All Silver-level benefits plus:

  • Premier access to the Chicago Humanities Festival President's Lecture, held at the Art Institute and featuring a special guest speaker
  • Invitations to exclusive events and concierge services for select domestic and international art shows

Gold Sustaining Fellow


All Sterling Silver–level benefits plus:

  • Private tour of the museum or 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 Fellow

$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 curatorial chairperson