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Community Associates

Make the connection—explore art, culture, and history by affiliating with one of the 16 Community Associates groups serving the greater Chicago area and northwest Indiana.

The first chapter of Community Associates was organized in the early 1950s. Today there are 16 separate chapters, representing 3,200 active members. The Community Associates are committed to strengthening the Art Institute’s reputation as a world-class art museum through the dedicated efforts of the local boards. Outstanding lectures and other art-related events are offered to all Community Associate members both at the museum and in their local communities.

Select a group in your community from the list below and see its upcoming programs.

Please note: Membership in a Community Associates chapter is not restricted to the zip code of residence. An individual can join any group, or multiple groups.

Barrington/Northwest Lake Forest-Lake Bluff
City (Chicago) Libertyville-Mundelein
Evanston Naperville
Fox Valley Northbrook
Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Northwest Indiana
Heritage Corridor Southland
Highland Park Village (Hinsdale)
Oak Park-River Forest Winnetka

 

 

Join the Community Associates to:
  • Visually engage with the Art Institute's world-class collection 
  • View illustrated presentations by top museum educators and curators
  • Visit other outstanding museums and galleries in the area
Membership

You must have a valid Art Institute membership to become a Community Associates member. 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 Membership Plus level or higher. Become a member today!

Membership Dues 2015-2016

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. 

Membership Renewal

There are two ways to renew both your Art Institute membership and your Community Associates membership.

By Mail

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.

Your Community Associates Membership
To keep your Community Associates membership up-to-date, return your dues to your local membership chairman.  Be sure to include your Art Institute member number and expiration date with your renewal. Your Community Associates membership will be effective until October 31 of the following year.  

Online

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 chapter is not restricted to the zip code of residence. An individual can join any group, or multiple groups.

Interested in becoming a Community Associate?  Please contact the Community Associates Coordinator at cacoordinator@artic.edu or (312) 443-3629 for more information.

 

Learn more about public events sponsored by the Community Associates. 

2014-2015

Guest Artist Program featuring Mariko Mori
Art and Music Program: Spain and the Golden Age
Eye of Dreams: Surrealist Cinema


2012–2013

Guest Artist Program featuring Nick Cave
Inventing History: How Restorations Shape What We Know about the Art of the Roman World
New Light on the Persian Paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago
The Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Holidays
Picasso and Chicago: 100 Years 


2011–2012

Italian Renaissance Sculpture: Portrait Busts and Allegorical Heads
20th-Century Architectural Drawings: Alfred Caldwell’s Transdisciplinarity