Art Institute of Chicago Northwestern Partnership Program

About the Partnership

Northwestern University is excited to announce its new partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, made possible by a generous donation from Shirley Welsh Ryan (WCAS61).

Through this partnership, undergraduate students are granted free admission to the museum, including all special exhibitions, lectures, and programs. These dynamic learning opportunities are aimed to serve a broad spectrum of audiences and designed to enhance perception and spur creativity.

Northwestern Night Thursday, February 26th 5:00pm-8:00pm

All Northwestern undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, faculty, and any of their guests are admitted FREE to the museum. One member of each party must have valid WILDCard. Free entrance is at the Modern Wing (Monroe St./north entrance) of the museum.

Details about transportation, special events, and more coming soon!

Click here for the Facebook Event Page. 

About the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute, founded in 1879, now has approximately 300,000 works of art in its permanent collection, stewarded by eleven curatorial departments and nearly 500 employees. This collection is housed in eight buildings—nearly one million square feet—at the heart of Chicago, one block from Lake Michigan and serving as the eastern anchor of the city's downtown. In addition to displaying the permanent collection, the Art Institute hosts 30 special exhibitions and hundreds of gallery talks, lectures, performances, and events every year. They have one of the finest research libraries for art and architecture in the country as well as state-of-the-art conservation facilities that ensure that the art of the past carries on well into the future.  

As a University Partner, Northwestern has access to over 400,000 print titles in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries. Processed archival collections are included in the library’s catalog and are available to all museum visitors. The wealth of information in the libraries is an invaluable resource to students, staff, and faculty of all disciplines.