A white wall bisects the Arts Club’s gallery. Groups on each side drink and mingle.


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 interested 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 current members. Please email for more information.


A Culture Continuum: Programs from The Arts Club of Chicago on Vimeo.


Immersion in a community of arts and culture lovers and professionals

Expansive artistic programming

Weekday luncheon service featuring food prepared by Chef Lucas Franco

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

Ability to rent spaces in The Arts Club for private events

Weekday luncheon service in the dining room

Invitations to Members Only occasions, such as Exhibition Opening Teas, the Annual Centennial Ball, and The Garden Party

Participation in the biennial Artist Member Exhibition (for visual arts members only)

Participation in the biennial Member Open Mic Night



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


Designer & Applied Artist


  • 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