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University Partners


A University Partner Program membership encourages students to learn beyond the classroom at one of the world’s greatest cultural institutions. Your college or university is invited to join this unique program.
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The University Partner Program offers students access to the wealth of resources available at one of the largest art museums in the United States. With free admission, students can explore the Art Institute’s renowned global collection, enjoy a robust exhibition schedule, access archival materials at the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, attend diverse lectures and performances, and much more.

University Partners Benefits:

  • Free admission for all undergraduate students with valid university ID 
  • (Options are available for graduate and professional-level students, staff, and faculty)
  • Invitation to the annual University Partner Fest, a full day of programming open to all University Partners
  • Two exclusive University Nights per academic year
  • Concierge service for planned class or group visits to the museum
  • Invitation for a staff member to serve on the University Partner Steering Committee
  • 10% discount on first-time memberships for students, staff, and faculty

Current University Partners

  • American Academy of Art
  • Aurora University
  • Beloit College
  • College of DuPage
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • DePaul University
  • Harold Washington College
  • Harry S. Truman College
  • Kennedy-King College 
  • Lake Forest College
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Malcolm X College
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
  • Moody Bible Institute
  • Morton College
  • National Louis University
  • North Central College
  • North Park University
  • Northwestern University
  • Olive-Harvey College
  • Prairie State College
  • Richard J. Daley College
  • Rush University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • Wheaton College
  • Wilbur Wright College

To join the University Partner Program, please contact


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