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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.*

Member

  • $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

Student*

  • $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

E-Member*

  • $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.

Members of the Sustaining Fellows, the museum’s leadership giving society, provide vital support and make exceptional personal connections to each other and the Art Institute through enriching programming and experiences. Membership is open to all who support the museum with an annual unrestricted gift of $2,500 or more (or $1,500 for those 40 and under).

Your fully tax-deductible gift opens the door to a full schedule of enriching programs, curator-led travel, and opportunities to participate on committees and in leadership positions. Join at the level that’s right for you, and experience the Art Institute like never before.

For more information about the Sustaining Fellows and how you can help advance the mission of the Art Institute of Chicago, please contact us at (312) 443-3735 or sustainingfellows@artic.edu

Levels

All Sustaining Fellows enjoy a membership card to share with your family, admission for up to 8 adults each time you visit, reciprocal membership privileges at 15 art museums, discounts on parking and dining, and access to the Member Lounge.  

Sustaining Fellow

$2,500–$4,999
$1,500+ for those 40 and younger

  • Invitations to exclusive Sustaining Fellows events, including exhibition openings, private showings, and curatorial overviews and seminars
  • Five-star, curator-led travel opportunities
  • Copy of The Art Institute: The Essential Guide (for first-time members)
  • Special communications from the President and Eloise W. Martin Director, trustees, and other museum leaders
  • Recognition on the Sustaining Fellows Donor Wall inside the Michigan Avenue entrance
  • Opportunity to request complimentary VIP tickets to Chicago-area art fairs
  • All Lion‘s Circle benefits

Bronze Sustaining Fellow

$5,000–$9,999

  • Invitations to additional events hosted by the Chair of the Sustaining Fellows
  • Concierge services for customized museum tours
  • Preferred seating at public and member lectures with your reservation
  • All Sustaining Fellows–level benefits

Silver Sustaining Fellow

$10,000–$14,999

  • Priority reservations for Sustaining Fellows travel programs
  • Invitations to VIP events with President and Eloise W. Martin Director James Rondeau and curators
  • Concierge services and VIP passes for domestic art shows
  • Private, behind-the-scenes experiences outside of regular museum hours
  • All Bronze-level benefits

Sterling Silver Sustaining Fellow

$15,000–$24,999

  • Invitation-only events for this level of giving and above
  • Concierge services and VIP passes for international art shows
  • All Silver-level benefits

Gold Sustaining Fellow

$25,000–$49,999

  • Private tour of the museum or special exhibition with the organizing curator or a curatorial chair
  • Opportunities to join the President and Eloise W. Martin Director James Rondeau at private luncheons and dinners with visiting artists, scholars, and distinguished guests
  • Expanded concierge services for museum visits worldwide, when available
  • All Sterling Silver–level benefits

Platinum Sustaining Fellow

$50,000–$99,000

  • Invitations to all private exhibition openings and select special events
  • Tour of the museum’s galleries with the President and Eloise W. Martin Director
  • All Gold-level benefits

President's Council

$100,000–249,999

  • Exclusive excursions with the President and Eloise W. Martin Director
  • Unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to the collection
  • All Platinum-level benefits

Exhibitions Trust

$250,000 and above

  • Recognition as supporters of all major Art Institute exhibitions in catalogues and marketing materials, on exhibition walls, at events, and more
  • All President’s Council-level benefits