Lending Expertise.
Providing Support.
Facilitating Partnerships.

What We Do

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s mission is to strengthen our city’s creative economy.

We do this by building working relationships between organizations and skilled Chicagoans from our city’s various business communities, providing training in all aspects of management and board functions, and highlighting research in leading and emerging issues related to the world of arts nonprofits.

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Services & Opportunities

FOR CREATIVE BUSINESSES

Are you looking for ways to strengthen your organization or business? Perhaps new relationships, board members, volunteer consultants, or learning? Our programs and services connect you to these and more.

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FOR VOLUNTEERS

We’re looking for remarkable people. People who get things done and enjoy seeing others succeed. Whether you’re looking to upskill, reskill, get to know Chicago a little better, or simply give back to our city, A&BC has a program for you!

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Upcoming Events

Jul
27
Wed
9:30 am Learning Lab: Creating your own ... @ webinar
Learning Lab: Creating your own ... @ webinar
Jul 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Who should attend:  Staff members and emerging leaders  
Aug
24
Wed
9:30 am On BOARD: Strategic Planning for... @ webinar
On BOARD: Strategic Planning for... @ webinar
Aug 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Who should attend: Senior Staff and Board Members    
Sep
21
Wed
9:30 am Learning Lab: Proposal Writing: ... @ webinar
Learning Lab: Proposal Writing: ... @ webinar
Sep 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Who should attend:  Staff members and emerging leaders  
Oct
19
Wed
9:30 am On BOARD: Fundraising & Advocacy @ webinar
On BOARD: Fundraising & Advocacy @ webinar
Oct 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Who should attend: Senior Staff and Board Members    
Nov
16
Wed
9:30 am Learning Lab: Designing (And Eva... @ webinar
Learning Lab: Designing (And Eva... @ webinar
Nov 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Who should attend:  Staff members and emerging leaders  

Since launching…

On BOARD

Over 300 volunteers trained and matched

Business Volunteers for the Arts

Over $14.5 million in pro bono consulting services

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago is supported in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Work Fund, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events CityArts grant, Albert Pick Jr Fund, Alphawood Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Driehaus Foundation, and The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince.