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University Partners


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 Jobs at Art Museums (JAM) event, a full day of museum career-focused programming
  • 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
  • Aurora University
  • Beloit College
  • College of DuPage
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • DePaul University
  • Harold Washington College
  • Harry S. Truman College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Kennedy-King College 
  • Lake Forest College
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Malcolm X College
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
  • Morton College
  • National Louis University
  • North Central College
  • North Park University
  • Northwestern University
  • Olive-Harvey College
  • Prairie State College
  • Richard J. Daley College
  • Rush University
  • University of Chicago
  • Wheaton College
  • Wilbur Wright College

To join the University Partner Program, please contact Madeline Shearer at (312) 443-3139 or


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