cultural partners

cultural partners

Driving positive change through the power of design, AIA Chicago is the voice of the architectural profession in Chicago and a resource for its members in service to society. The American Institute of Architects Chicago (AIA Chicago) is the largest chapter of li..
The American Society of Interior Designers – Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL) is a professional association representing the interests of over 1100 interior designers, students and design industry partner members in Illinois. Nationally, ASID is a community of p..
The Art Institute, founded in 1879, 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 th..
At its inaugural meeting, the mission of the Club was defined as: "to encourage higher standards of art, maintain galleries for that purpose, and to promote the mutual acquaintance of art lovers and art workers." The mission of the Club has since grown and expanded..
The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, North America’s largest international survey of contemporary architecture, will launch in October 2015. Through its constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, and program of events, the Chicago Archite..
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The Chicago Artists Coalition was founded in 1974 by a group of artists who sought to create a better environment and future for the local artistic community. From its inception, the organization has played an important role in artists' professional development and adv..
The Chicago Design Museum strives to unite, inform, and inspire. As a resource for the design community and beyond, the museum facilitates an open dialogue about contemporary and historical design through limited-engagement exhibitions, events, public programs, and digi..
Founded in 1986, under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, CST is dedicated to creating extraordinary productions of classics, new works and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators an..
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit..
The Conservation Center is the largest and most comprehensive private art conservation laboratory in the country. With over 30 years of experience, The Center is a leader in the field of art preservation, evolving new treatments and methods to adapt to the rapidly-chang..
From its founding in 1898 DePaul University has focused on its urban setting and the importance of providing higher education to underserved populations. For many years its students were largely drawn from the Chicago area, but in the past decade enrollment has ..
DIFFA/Chicago (The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) is a not-for-profit fundraising and grant making foundation that distributes funds to Chicago area HIV/AIDS service agencies that provide direct service, preventative education and outreach to people who..
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum immerses visitors in one of the grandest residential buildings of 19th-century Chicago, the Gilded Age home of banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson. Philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus founded the museum on April 1, 2003 with a vision to influence ..
EPAC opened on June 22, 2014, on what would’ve been Ed Paschke’s 75th birthday. Its newly renovated building, located steps from the CTA, Metra and Kennedy expressway, features 2800 square feet of exhibition space and 1,700 square feet of educational sp..
Elmhurst Art Museum was a dream conceived and realized by a visionary, generous and tenacious group of artists, art lovers and community members. Founder Eleanor King Hookham (1909-2003), a painter and educator who moved to Elmhurst with her husband Robert E. Hookha..
THE MADLENER HOUSE Since 1963, the Graham Foundation has been located in the Madlener House, a turn-of-the-century Prairie-style mansion, designed by Richard E. Schmidt and Hugh M. Gardner (1901–02) and renovated by prominent modern architect Daniel Br..
By developing socially adept programming that finds new ways to engage diverse audiences in the work of Chicago’s artists, the Art Center makes space for transparent interaction with art and the artistic process, inspiring creative exploration and encouraging exch..
Instituto Cervantes is an institution founded by Spain in 1991 to teach and promote the language and culture of Spain as well as the coofficial languages of Spain and the Hispanic-speaking countries. The Instituto Cervantes is present in almost over 70 cities from 40 co..
IIDA is the Commercial Interior Design Association with global reach. We support design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms, and their clients through our network of 15,000+ members across 58 countries. IIDA advocates for advancement in educat..
“Intuitive and outsider art” is created by artists who are motivated by their unique personal visions and demonstrate little or no influence from the mainstream art world. Intuit was founded in 1991 to promote public awareness, understanding and appreci..
Founded in 1975, Lillstreet Art Center is a large community of artists and students working side-by-side in a friendly environment which encourages and inspires artistic growth in the individual. Lillstreet Art Center supports the arts through our education program, art..
The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) at Loyola University Chicago, opened in 2005 with the unique mission of “exploring the spiritual in art” so as to advance the understanding and appreciation of the creative spirit. Affirming our University co..
The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art is the fine arts museum of Northwestern University and Chicago’s North Shore. It serves the academic and cultural needs of the University and community through: Thought-provoking exhibitions Rich and diverse perma..
One of the nation’s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. MCA Chicago documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, ph..
The Museum of Contemporary Photography collaborates with artists, photographers, communities, and institutions locally, nationally, and internationally. As the leading photography museum in the Midwest, presenting projects and exhibitions and acquiring works that em..
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents contemporary art exhibitions, events, and publications. Founded in 1915 by a group of faculty members, we are an independent, non-collecting museum that combines a flexible, experimental ethos with focuse..
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts advances arts practice, inquiry, and presentation at the University of Chicago, and fosters meaningful collaboration and cultural engagement at the university, on the south side, and in the city of Chicago. The Futur..
The River North Design District, founded in 2013, is a local community that boasts interior design offerings that are accessible to both designers and consumers. The showrooms carry everything from lighting, tile, plumbing, rugs, kitchens to furnishings- everything..
Homes, studios, and collections sometimes overlap. The Roger Brown Study Collection (RBSC) is one such place. It is a house museum, archive, and one of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) special collections...
The Smart Museum of Art is an intimate museum for bold encounters with art. As the fine arts museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart is home to thought-provoking exhibitions and an exquisite collection of ancient, Old Master, modern, and contemporary art from..
The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) preserves and promotes contemporary art as a shared expression of the Ukrainian and American experience. UIMA develops, utilizes and encourages artistic talent through exhibitions, concerts, readings, lectures and films to se..

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