Give the Gift of Membership

The perfect gift for any art lover.

Treat your friends and family to yearlong access to the museum with an Art Institute membership. Your gift supports the museum’s mission to create meaningful experiences with art for visitors from all over the world and to promote an ever-expanding understanding of human creativity.

Thank you, again, for your support.

How will my gift recipient be notified?

Online gift membership purchases take 3–4 business days to process. Once processed, you will receive an email communication with your recipient's new member ID, expiration date, and instructions on how to access their digital member card.

Need to present your gift sooner? Select one of the customizable gift letter options below and present it to your recipient when the time is right. Each option features an illustration by Chicago artist Morgan Ramberg, inspired by a museum space and work in the Art Institute's collection.

Option #1: In the Garden Option #2: Snowy Michigan Avenue Facade Option #3: Spiral Staircase Option #4: Sunny Michigan Avenue Front Steps

Please note that customizable gift letter options are available on this page only. If you think you might want to share one with your recipient, download it now.

member levels

$115–$1,600
Be the first to learn about special exhibitions with Member Previews and lectures.

MEMBER

$115/ One Year | $220/ Two Year

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE

  • Admission for 2 adults total, at least one of whom must be a cardholder
  • All children under 18 are free
  • Member-only access including special programs and museum hours
  • Parking discount at the Millennium Garages

MEMBER PLUS

$160/ One Year | $310/ Two Year

ALL MEMBER BENEFITS PLUS

  • Admission for 4 adults total, at least one of whom must be a cardholder
  • Option to add a second cardholder

MEMBER AMBASSADOR

$210/ One Year | $410/ Two Year

ALL MEMBER PLUS BENEFITS PLUS

  • Admission for 4 adults total, at least one of whom must be a cardholder
  • Reciprocal privileges to 15 art museums

  • Invitation to premium exhibition event

MEMBER PATRON

$550/ One Year

ALL MEMBER AMBASSADOR BENEFITS PLUS

  • Admission for 6 adults total, at least one of whom must be a cardholder
  • Exclusive tour for member and allotted guests with a museum educator. A nominal fee applies
  • Invitation to a premium exhibition event

MEMBER ROUNDTABLE

$1,100/ One Year

ALL MEMBER PATRON BENEFITS PLUS

  • Admission for 6 adults total, at least one of whom must be a cardholder
  • Invitation to a behind-the-scenes event

MEMBER CIRCLE

$1,600/ One Year

ALL MEMBER ROUNDTABLE BENEFITS PLUS

  • Admission for 6 adults total, at least one of whom must be a cardholder
  • Invitation to a select Luminary event

luminary

$3,000+
Take part in moments of connection, reflection, and learning with our singular and wide-ranging collections, through special engagements and exclusive museum access.

LUMINARY BRONZE

$3,000/ One Year

LUMINARY BENEFITS INCLUDE

  • Invitations to select exhibition preview receptions, tours, and lectures—programs exclusive to Luminary members
  • Direct communications from the President and Eloise W. Martin Director, trustees, and museum leaders
  • Concierge service providing museum access for family and friends
  • Recognition on the annual donor wall
  • Opportunity to join select Luminary travel

LUMINARY SILVER

$6,000/ One Year

ALL LUMINARY BRONZE BENEFITS PLUS

  • Priority seating at select member lectures, curator talks, and other programs and events
  • Customized museum tours, behind-the-scenes access, and VIP passes to domestic and international art fairs upon request, when available

LUMINARY GOLD

$12,000/ One Year

ALL LUMINARY SILVER BENEFITS PLUS

  • Priority access for select special exhibitions with virtual lines
  • Additional behind-the-scenes experiences with curators, conservators, exhibition artists, or lecturers, exclusive to Luminary Gold and higher

LUMINARY PLATINUM

$30,000/ One Year

ALL LUMINARY GOLD BENEFITS PLUS

  • Private curator-led tour of the galleries or special exhibition of your choice while the museum is closed to the public
  • Dedicated staff liaison to personally customize your experience at the Art Institute of Chicago, museums worldwide, and select international art shows

LUMINARY DIAMOND

$60,000/ One Year

ALL LUMINARY PLATINUM BENEFITS PLUS

  • Invitations to private events with the President and Eloise W. Martin Director
  • Opportunity to join a museum curator on an international trip