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The Arts Club of Chicago


201 E. Ontario St.




Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: Closed

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible


Vinci/Hamp Architects, Inc., 1997


The Arts Club was founded in 1916 and has occupied eight different sites. The present building was the first to be conceived exclusively for the Arts Club. It opened in 1997 and was designed by John Vinci of Vinci/Hamp Architects, Inc. The core of the design is a staircase by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The staircase was rescued from the prior Arts Club interior at 109 E. Ontario prior to demolition. The founding mission of the Arts Club is “to encourage higher standards of art, maintain galleries for that purpose and to promote the mutual acquaintance of art lovers and art workers."

Behind the Scenes

Climb the Mies staircase, which is normally reserved only for members of this club celebrating its centennial in 2016.

Upcoming Event: The Arts Club of Chicago, celebrating its 100th anniversary of contributions to modern arts and culture, will host a free open house of music and art on Oct. 22 featuring a commissioned work of music from Pulitzer Prize winner and Oscar-nominated David Lang performed by the Emmy-award winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird. Music will be played throughout the open house, from 12pm-5pm, and there will be a series of discussions and exhibits with local and internationally recognized artists.