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The Arts Club of Chicago was founded in 1916 to bring together “art lovers” and “art workers” for a cultural conversation in an elegant setting.

The Arts Club welcomes applications from patrons and practitioners of the arts, including music, literature, visual art, architecture, design, scholarship, and administration. Those interested in applying may request a detailed application from The Arts Club office or from a current member. Both paper and electronic applications are available. For those new to the city or the cultural community, The Arts Club will be happy to facilitate introductions to current members.


  • Immersion in a community of arts and culture lovers and professionals
  • Access to expansive artistic programming
  • Luncheon service in The Dining Room featuring a seasonal menu
  • Bar service in The Drawing Room, The Arts Club’s intimate bar space with custom cocktails, a nuanced wine program, and a select dinner menu
  • Ability to rent spaces in The Arts Club for private events
  • 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 Artist members only)