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Oak Park-River Forest

In 1954, the Oak Park–River Forest Community Associates was formed to serve the communities of Oak Park and River Forest. Oak Park-River Forest Associates became the second suburban group to affiliate with the Art Institute of Chicago and today has an active membership of approximately 200.

Among the creative programs presented annually are image-illustrated lectures at the Art Institute, which focus on both current exhibitions and the permanent collection. Also sponsored are an opening coffee, a spring luncheon, multiple day trips, and, most recently, an extended tour to art venues in other states. All programs are coordinated through the Art Institute.

Members reside in the following zip codes: 60305, 60302, 60301, 60126, 60304, 60707, 60546, 60523, 60521, and 60527.

Unless otherwise noted, programs are for Community Associates members only.

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Calendar of Events


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

An Overwhelming Desire to Get Away: Gauguin, Kandinsky, and other runaways

Art Institute of Chicago

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The “Modern Feeling” in Design

Oak Park Country Club

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Explore Art at the Oak Park Public Library

Oak Park Public Library

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Guest Artist Program

Art Institute of Chicago

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Art of Christmas at the White House

Art Institute of Chicago

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Successes in Solving Art Thefts & Forgeries

Oak Park Library

Thursday, March 15, 2018

John Singer Sargent: Gilded Age Portraitist and Painter of Light

Art Institute of Chicago

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Celebrating Art & Music

Art Institute of Chicago

Friday, May 18, 2018

Retro Fashion Statements in Art: From the Rococo to Today

Oak Park Country Club

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tour of Elmhurst Art Museum & McCormick House

Elmhurst Art Museum