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University Partners

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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 at the second-largest art museum in the United States. With free admission 362 days a year, students can explore the Art Institute’s renowned global collection of more than 270,000 objects, enjoy a robust exhibition schedule, access archival materials at the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, and attend diverse lectures and performances.

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 annual University Partner Day, a day of free access for students and guests
  • 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
  • Calumet College of St. Joseph
  • College of DuPage
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Concordia University Chicago
  • DePaul University
  • Lake Forest College
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
  • National Louis University
  • North Central College
  • Northwestern University
  • Prairie State College
  • Rush University
  • University of Chicago
  • Wheaton College


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