Visit the Arts Club of Chicago
When: The first floor galleries only are free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturdays 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: The Arts Club of Chicago – 201 East Ontario Street, 312-787-3997
The Arts Club offers between three and four public exhibitions per year. The first floor galleries only are free and open to the public. The rest of the Club is for members only. View Exhibitions
Mies van der Rohe Staircase
The Main Staircase for the Arts Club Chicago made of steel and travertine marble was an Arts Club commission 1948–1951 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the old Arts Club building at 109 East Ontario Street. It was located there from 1951-1955. It was “repositioned” by John Vinci at the new Arts Club building at 210 East Ontario Street on October 1, 1998.
About the Arts Club of Chicago
Since 1916, The Arts Club of Chicago has been a preeminent exhibitor of international art, a forum for established and emerging artists, and a celebrated venue for performers from around the world. 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, and is now:
To encourage, foster, promote, and sponsor activities and presentations which would aim to increase public interest in the arts and related activities;
To expand the artistic horizons of a public interested in the arts and related activities, which will include lectures, lecture/demonstrations, symposia, gallery talks, films, music, and dance presentations, and related educational programs designed to further these purposes;
To maintain a facility for the presentation of these activities and exhibitions;
To acquire by gift or purchase, and maintain a permanent collection of fine art, and to present temporary exhibitions of the fine arts in a gallery open to the public.