The first chapter of Community Associates was organized in the early 1950s. Today there are 16 separate groups, 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 443-3629 for more information.
Learn more about public events sponsored by the Community Associates.
48 min 59 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago TOMORROW at 4:00—See the world premiere of “The Electric Stage” by performance collective Manual Cinema.
Manual Cinema uses vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live camera feeds, sound design, and a live music ensemble to create immersive visual stories on stage and screen.
3 hours 33 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago A Sunday on La Grande Jatte has been among the museum’s most beloved paintings since it first entered the collection in 1926. ARTicle celebrates the birthday of Georges Seurat, with some fun facts about this pointillist masterpiece.
20 hours 11 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT Ladies strike a pose in Blackstone Hall, 1909.
Demolished in 1958, the enormous two-story gallery once spanned the area between where the Asian art and Prints and Drawings galleries are today and housed over 150 plaster cast sculptures, many replicas of Greek and Roman art received as gifts from the French government.