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Community Associates

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.

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



Join the Community Associates to:
  • 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!

Membership Dues

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.


To renew either your Art Institute membership and/or your Community Associates membership, go to

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