Membership

Membership

The Arts Club of Chicago was founded in 1916 to bring together “art lovers” and “art workers” for a cultural conversation in a sophisticated setting. Since then, it has maintained a broad membership that spans the arts, including patrons as well as practitioners in music, literature, visual art, architecture, design, and administration.

We welcome applications from all those whose passion for the arts may be demonstrated through recommendation from friends or colleagues, and by a record of professional, philanthropic, or amateur activity. Those interest in applying may request a detailed application from The Arts Club office or from a current member. For those new to the city or the cultural community, the Club will be happy to facilitate introductions to our Membership Committee Chairs.

 

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Benefits

Immersion in a community of arts and culture lovers and professionals

Expansive artistic programming 

Exclusive use of The Drawing Room, The Arts Club’s new beautiful and intimate bar, serving custom cocktails, a nuanced wine program, and light fare

Spaces in The Arts Club for private events

Weekday luncheon service in the dining room

Invitations to Members Only occasions, especially the legendary exhibition opening teas

Participation in the bi-annual Artist Member Exhibition (for visual arts members only)

 

Categories

In order to maintain the Club’s original goal to be accessible to all arts enthusiasts, membership and initiation fees are tiered depending upon the applicant’s vocation. The current categories of membership are as follows (please consult the application for current fees and detailed descriptions of each category):

Visual, Performing & Literary Artist

Curator & Academic

Arts Professional

Architect

Designer & Applied Artist

Patron

  • Applications from Consular, Military, Clergy, and Civic Leaders 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.
  • New members under the age of 40 pay no initiation fee and receive a reduced rate.
  • Reduced rates are also available for applicants who live more than 100 miles from The Arts Club of Chicago for at least six months of the year.
  • For more information, please contact the office at 312.787.3997 or email membership@artsclubchicago.org.