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Museum Partnerships


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


Northwestern Day at the Art Institute April 1, 2:00-5:00pm

  • The Art Institute of Chicago welcomes Northwestern faculty, staff, students, and their guests to enjoy FREE admission and custom tours for our community.
  • Present your Wildcard at the Michigan Ave ticket counter for you and your guests. Check back for updates regarding a promotion for the first 100 visitors for the event.
  • Students traveling from Evanston are eligible for free round-trip transportation via CTA. Details available soon.
  • Special events are first-come-first-serve and include:
    • Exhibition Tour: Life and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
      2:30 - 3:30
      Join Jeff Nigro, Research Associate of Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium Art, for this exclusive tour of the Art Institute's newest permanent exhibition Life and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt.  In this transformed space, striking artifacts—from statues of gods and goddesses to a gilded funerary mask to a mummy—reveal insights into the beliefs and practices of the illustrious North African culture.

    • Tour: Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month
      3:30 - 4:30 
      Join Onur Öztürk, Assistant Professor of Art History at Columbia College and primary editor of of the forthcoming book Deconstructing the Myths of Islamic Art, for this exclusive tour of objects in the museum's collection that tell stories of and intersect with North African, West Asian, and Arab American cultures. 


Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago Partnership

  • 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.

Art Institute of Chicago Partnership

  • All valid undergraduate Wildcard holders enjoy free admission to the Art Institute anytime the museum is open to the public. Just present your Wildcard at the ticket counter at either Michigan Ave or Modern Wing entrance.
  • Look for updates on Northwestern-hosted events at the Art Institute starting in Fall 2021. Northwestern events at the museum are free and open to all members of the Northwestern University community and their guests.
  • This museum partnership is financially supported by the Office of the President.
  • For information about planning a Northwestern-sponsored outing to the Art Institute of Chicago, please email: