Museum Partnerships

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Northwestern currently has partner benefits with The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Fall 2019 Northwestern Night at the Art Institute

Thursday October 24th, 5:00-8:00pm, Modern Wing Entrance

Please join us for a special night at the Art Institute of Chicago. All students, staff, faculty, AND as many guests as they like are welcome to enjoy free admission at the modern wing entrance (Monroe St.). Please show your Wildcard at our event check-in table and receive free museum tickets for you and your party. 

The event includes featured tours led by Art Institute staff as well as an informal welcome reception for all guests. Learn more including event updates by visiting the Facebook event page.

For folks traveling to/from Evanston campus, SOA is able to provide a free CTA ride to the museum via Purple Line express and a school bus shuttle back to campus at the conclusion of the event. Please RSVP to request a CTA card and/or save your seat on a return bus by Monday, October 21.

Northwestern University Guest Reception | 5:00-8:00 | Ryan Learning Center
Free hors d'oeuvres and beverages for all event guests while supplies last. Check-in at our table and a representative can direct you to the reception. Meet student representatives form student organizations with activities connected to their org's mission and Hidden Figures. Use Museum WiFi and the Art Institute app to plan out your museum experience.

Gallery Talk: Art Inspired by Hidden Figures | Departs at 6:00pm | Various Locations
Join an Art Institute lecturer for a specially customized tour of art with themes connecting to the 2019-20 One Book selection: Hidden Figures. Tours are first-come-first-serve at 6:00pm and participation is capped at the lecturer's discretion.

Block Student Docents in the Modern Wing | 6:00-8:00pm | Various locations
Students from the Northwestern's Block Museum of Art invite visitors to engage in conversations about works of art in the Modern Wing. Specific gallery details available in the event program and at the Modern Wing welcome desk.

About the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute was recently ranked the number one museum in the world by Full information is available at the Art Institute's site. The museum’s permanent collection includes world famous pieces by Claude Monet, Marc Chagall, Georgia O’Keeffe, Piet Mondrian, Rene Magritte and Vincent Van Gogh as well as whole galleries of decorate arts, photography, Ancient/Byzantine art, African art, textiles, Asian art, and miniatures.

Students are admitted to the museum for free for Illinois Thursdays. Present your Wildcard at the ticket counter.

  • Perk of the partnership? Such a huge museum you'll want to visit often!
  • CTA Trains drop you off a 5-minute walk from the iconic Michigan Ave entrance
  • Close to graduation? First-time membership discounts available.

Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago

  • All Wildcard holders (students, faculty, and staff) enjoy free admission to the galleries anytime the museum is open to the public. Just present your Wildcard at the ticket counter.
  • Intercampus shuttle drops off right in front of museum steps; otherwise take CTA to Chicago-Red station and less than a 10-minute walk.