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Sustaining Fellows Levels


Members of the Sustaining Fellows, the museum’s leadership giving society, provide vital support and make exceptional personal connections to each other and the Art Institute through enriching programming and experiences.
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Membership is open to all who support the museum with an annual unrestricted gift of $2,500 or more (or $1,500 for those 40 and under).

Your fully tax-deductible gift opens the door to a full schedule of enriching programs, curator-led travel, and opportunities to participate on committees and in leadership positions. Join at the level that’s right for you, and experience the Art Institute like never before.

Already a Sustaining Fellow? Renew online.

We’d be delighted to hear from you. For more information about the Sustaining Fellows and how you can help advance the mission of the Art Institute of Chicago, please contact us at (312) 443-3735 or


All Sustaining Fellows enjoy a membership card to share with your family, admission for up to 8 adults each time you visit, reciprocal membership privileges at 15 art museums, discounts on parking and dining, and access to the Member Lounge.

Sustaining Fellow: $2,500–$4,999 ($1,500+ for 40 and under)

  • Invitations to exclusive Sustaining Fellows events, including exhibition openings, private showings, and curatorial overviews and seminars
  • Five-star, curator-led travel opportunities
  • Copy of The Art Institute: The Essential Guide (for first-time members)
  • Special communications from the President and Eloise W. Martin Director, trustees, and other museum leaders
  • Recognition on the Sustaining Fellows Donor Wall inside the Michigan Avenue entrance
  • Opportunity to request complimentary VIP tickets to Chicago-area art fairs
  • All Lion’s Circle benefits

Bronze Sustaining Fellow: $5,000–$9,999

  • Priority reservations for Sustaining Fellows travel programs
  • Invitations to VIP events with President and Eloise W. Martin Director and curators
  • Concierge services and VIP passes for domestic art shows
  • Private, behind-the-scenes experiences outside of regular museum hours
  • All Bronze-level benefits

Silver Sustaining Fellow: $10,000–$14,999

  • Invitations to additional events hosted by the Chair of the Sustaining Fellows
  • Concierge services for customized museum tours
  • Preferred seating at public and member lectures with your reservation
  • All Sustaining Fellow–level benefits

Sterling Silver Sustaining Fellow: $15,000–$24,999

  • Invitation-only events for this level of giving and above
  • Concierge services and VIP passes for international art shows
  • All Silver-level benefits

Gold Sustaining Fellow: $25,000–$49,999

  • Private tour of the museum or special exhibition with the organizing curator or a curatorial chair
  • Opportunities to join the President and Eloise W. Martin Director at private luncheons and dinners with visiting artists, scholars, and distinguished guests
  • Expanded concierge services for museum visits worldwide, when available
  • All Sterling Silver–level benefits

Platinum Sustaining Fellow: $50,000–$99,999

  • Invitations to all private exhibition openings and select special events
  • Tour of the museum’s galleries with the President and Eloise W. Martin Director
  • All Gold-level benefits

President’s Council: $100,000–$249,999

  • Exclusive excursions with the President and Eloise W. Martin Director
  • Unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to the collection
  • All Platinum-level benefits

Exhibitions Trust: $250,000 and above

  • Recognition as supporters of all major Art Institute exhibitions in catalogues and marketing materials, on exhibition walls, at events, and more
  • All President’s Council-level benefits


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