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Museum Partnerships


University Partner Fest at the Art Institute of Chicago

Saturday February 24


  • All Northwestern faculty, staff, and student Wildcardholders AND their guests enjoy free admission to the museum including a day of free activities and programs. University Partner Fest includes art talks led by students, gallery activities led by University Partner faculty, a museum career panel, art-making activities, and an exclusive reception for all guests.
  • No RSVP needed. Present your Wildcard (and your guests) at the ticket counter upon arrival.
  • Highlights:
    • Student docents in training from the Block Museum will participate among other university students in the Student Art Talks 11:00am-12:00pm (specific location in museum available upon arrival to museum)
    • Manager of Art and Engineering Initiatives Alice Boone represents Northwestern as part of the Faculty Gallery Activations 2:00-3:30pm.
    • All are welcome to the reception to close the day 3:30-5:00pm
  • Getting there
    • SOA has free ventra day-passes for the event for those who will be traveling from Evanston. Details available by following @soa_NU on Instagram. On-campus undergraduates can access these passes from their area desk Thursday/Friday before the event.
    • Northwestern transportation & parking operates the Chicago Express with Saturday service to/from the event from Evanston campus stops. Only available to Wildcard-holders, this service includes a stop at Columbus/Monroe, the northeast corner of the Art Institute property.


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

  • Art Institute of Chicago | 111 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
    • All Northwestern undergraduates may visit the ticketing counter at the Art Institute and receive a free ticket when they show Wildcard.
    • Faculty interested in bringing classes to the Art Institute can contact for any ticketing needs or questions.
  • MCA Chicago | 220 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL
    • All Wildcard-holders can show their Wildcard ID at the ticket counter and receive  a free ticket.