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The Sustaining Fellows

The Sustaining Fellows is the premier giving society of the Art Institute of Chicago. Join or upgrade to the Sustaining Fellows to gain insider access to the museum’s collection, curators, and other art enthusiasts like you.

Four easy ways to become a Sustaining Fellow:

  1. Online: Click here to join today. 
  2. On site: Join at any membership desk.
  3. Phone: Call the Office of the Sustaining Fellows at (312) 443-3735
  4. Mail: Send a check or credit card information to
    The Art Institute of Chicago 
    Office of the Sustaining Fellows 
    111 South Michigan Avenue 
    Chicago, IL 60603-6404

Already a Sustaining Fellow? Renew online.

As a member of the museum’s premier giving society, you can be proud to be among the Art Institute’s closest supporters. The Sustaining Fellows enjoy unique opportunities to engage with the Art Institute’s world-class collection, internationally recognized curators, and fellow dedicated supporters. Sustaining Fellows also have the opportunity to participate on committees and in leadership positions.

Exclusive Events and Travel Opportunities

Sustaining Fellows are invited to educational programs and private events that deepen engagement at the museum. Exclusive events include:

  • Exhibition previews and receptions
  • Curatorial lectures and gallery walks
  • Private dinners and artist talks
  • Five-star travel with museum curators


Sustaining Fellows are recognized for their essential, unrestricted support on the Art Institute’s donor wall. 

Reciprocal Membership

Sustaining Fellows receive all of the benefits of museum membership, including reciprocal privileges to 15 other art museums.

See all Sustaining Fellows levels and benefits