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Sustaining Fellows Levels

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

$2,500–$4,999

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

$5,000–$9,999

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

$10,000–$14,999

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

$15,000–$24,999

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

$25,000–$49,999

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