Those interested in membership may visit the office at 201 East Ontario Street to request a membership application, or ask an existing member to request that an application be mailed on your behalf. To schedule a time to look over a list of current members and discuss the application process in detail, please call the office at 312.787.3997 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application packet contains information on the application process, including qualifications for each class of membership (below), annual dues rates, and initiation fees. Dues rates and initiation fees vary by membership class. Applications must be supported by a letter of recommendation from a proposer, as well as signatures from the proposer and two seconders, all of whom must be members in good standing of The Arts Club. Our membership coordinator can assist in matching proposers and seconders to applicants.
Classes of Membership
Visual, Performing & Literary Artist
Visual, Performing, and Literary Artist Members are active in their given field, with a proven record of publication, performance, or exhibition. Applicants in this category are required to submit a portfolio for review.
Curator & Academic
Curator & Academic Members are those employed by recognized museums, Kunsthallen, biennals, colleges, and universities as exhibition curators or professors in an arts-related field. Applicants in this category are required to submit a detailed CV for review.
Arts Professional Members are executives, administrators, consultants, and others employed by arts-related institutions, cultural not-for-profits, galleries, foundations, and auction houses. Applicants in this category are required to submit a detailed CV for review.
Architect Members are architects, interior architects, and landscape architects who are professionals in their field. Applicants in this category must supply proof of registration and a detailed CV for review.
Designer & Applied Artist
Designer & Applied Artist Members are interior designers, graphic designers, fashion designers, and other decorative or commercial artists who are professionals in their field and are recognized by their peers. Applicants in this category are required to submit a portfolio for review.
Patron Members are those who have demonstrated a commitment to the arts, but are not professionals in the field.
Consular, Military, Clergy, and Civic Leaders applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Temporary memberships for artists-in-residence, who are in Chicago for one to twelve months, are also available through special consideration. Those who maintain residences over 100 miles from The Arts Club are eligible for lower annual dues rates.
New members under the age of 40 will pay no initiation fee during the 2016–2017 Membership Year.