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


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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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

11:30 am On BOARD: Arts Advocacy for the ... @ Webinar
On BOARD: Arts Advocacy for the ... @ Webinar
Dec 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
On BOARD: Arts Advocacy for the Nonprofit Board Member @ Webinar
Did your organization receive pandemic relief funds?   You might not realize the connection between that relief and advocacy.   Such things as a Business Interruption grants, the PPP, and/or funding through local COVID Relief Fund(s) or the national American Rescue Plan are all results of advocates’ influence on decision makers to ensure the arts sector had access to[...]

Since launching…


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, 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.