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As a major cultural institution in Chicago, the Art Institute is committed to inspiring and educating the public by sharing its world-renowed resouces.  Founded as both a museum and a school in 1879, the Art Institute strives to offer the highest quality collections, exhibitions, and programming.  Through a University Partnership between National Louis University and the Art Institute of Chicago, all National Louis University Undergraduate and Graduate students gain unprecedented access to the wealth of resources at the Art Institute.


As a National Louis University student you have access to

  • Free admission to the museum with your NLU Student ID, including all special exhibitions, lectures and programs
  • Over 400,000 print titles in the Ryerson and Burnham libraries.  Processed archival collections are included in the library's catalog and are accessible to all museum visitors
  • Free admission for you and your family & friends during quarterly NLU Family Night at the Art Institute.

NLU Family Festival at the Art Institute

Join us, Saturday, June 7th for an NLU Family Festival.

Once each quarter, National Louis University students, faculty, and staff — and their friends and family — are invited to a special day at the museum.  Enjoy Free Admission to the Art Institute. 

Registration is required at the Michigan Avenue Lobby entrance. National Louis students, staff, faculty will show their school ID in exchange for complimentary admission tickets at the registration table. Any questions can be directed to universitypartners@artic.edu

June 7th Family Festival Events

  • Participate in an interactive art installation.
  • Live storytelling concert experience at 11:30 and 1:00.
  • Enjoy a family gallery walk at 11:30 and 1:00
  • Meet artist-in-residence Tom Burtonwood

Special Discounts

10% discount on purchases of $25 or more in the Museum Shop for all NLU Family Night participants.

10% off at Caffé Moderno. Located on the second floor of the Modern Wing.

More Information

Click Here for Information on Getting to the Art Institute of Chicago


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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