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

Sep
28
Tue
8:30 am Round Table: “Undoing Past Harms” @ Webinar
Round Table: “Undoing Past Harms” @ Webinar
Sep 28 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
For the remainder of the year we will be exploring the theme of the senior leader’s role in “Undoing Past Harms… While Leading Future Strategy.” Many leaders, whether new or seasoned, are faced with undoing harms[...]
Oct
18
Mon
11:30 am On BOARD® Demystifying Fundraisi... @ Webinar
On BOARD® Demystifying Fundraisi... @ Webinar
Oct 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
There is always going to be chaos, a crisis, or disruption – an economic downturn, funders’ shifting priorities, and some years- it’s a pandemic. How are you managing the moment? Join us for this participatory[...]
Oct
26
Tue
8:30 am Round Table: “Undoing Past Harms” @ Webinar
Round Table: “Undoing Past Harms” @ Webinar
Oct 26 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
For the remainder of the year we will be exploring the theme of the senior leader’s role in “Undoing Past Harms… While Leading Future Strategy.” Many leaders, whether new or seasoned, are faced with undoing harms[...]
Nov
10
Wed
11:30 am Learning Lab: Generating Revenue... @ Webinar
Learning Lab: Generating Revenue... @ Webinar
Nov 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Learning Lab: Generating Revenue by Creating Operational Efficiencies @ Webinar
Generating Revenue by Creating Operational Efficiencies (webinar) With limited ability to generate NEW revenue, can you find a greater margin of profit by creating operational efficiencies? Join us for this participatory workshop focusing on creative and innovative solutions[...]
Nov
23
Tue
8:30 am Round Table: “Undoing Past Harms” @ Webinar
Round Table: “Undoing Past Harms” @ Webinar
Nov 23 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
For the remainder of the year we will be exploring the theme of the senior leader’s role in “Undoing Past Harms… While Leading Future Strategy.” Many leaders, whether new or seasoned, are faced with undoing harms[...]

Since launching…

On BOARD

Over 300 volunteers trained and matched

Business Volunteers for the Arts

Over $10 million in pro bono consulting services

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago is supported in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts.