Deepen your engagement with the Art Institute's collection and your community. Explore art, history, cultural context, and the creative process through one of the 15 Community Associates groups serving the greater Chicagoland area and Northwest Indiana.
The first chapter of Community Associates was organized in the early 1950s. Today there are 15 local groups, representing 2,100 active members. Through the dedicated efforts of their local boards, Community Associates offers a robust spectrum of art-related lectures and other programming for adults in the Chicagoland area, both at the museum and in their local communities.
Select a group in your community from the list below to see upcoming programs. Membership in a Community Associates group page is not restricted to the zip code of residence. An individual can join any group, or multiple groups.
Engage with the Art Institute's world-class collection and special exhibitions
Attend presentations by top museum educators and curators
Visit other museums and galleries in the Chicagoland area
You must have a valid Art Institute membership to become a Community Associates member.You can become a museum member and join the Community Associates at the same time. Become a member today!
Community Associates dues are in addition to the yearly museum membership fee.
$25 Single Community Associates Membership $35 Dual Community Associates Membership*
*If you would like to purchase a Dual Community Associates membership, which includes benefits for two people in the member household, you will need an Art Institute membership at the Member Plus level or higher.
There are two ways to renew both your Art Institute membership and your Community Associates membership.
Your Art Institute Membership To keep your Art Institute membership up-to-date, return your membership dues upon receiving your renewal notice in the mail. Alternatively, you may join or renew by calling Member Services at (312) 499-4111 or visiting the museum in person.
To renew either your Art Institute membership and/or your Community Associates membership, go to www.artic.edu/joinCA.
Please note: Membership in a Community Associates group is not restricted to the zip code of residence. An individual can join any group, or multiple groups.
Interested in becoming a Community Associate? Join now!
In this Community Associates program video, art historian Jeff Nigro and the Newberry Consort celebrate the opening of the Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor.