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2017 Benefit Luncheon & Reception
Mar 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join us for the Arts & Business Council’s (A&BC) 2017 Benefit Luncheon and Reception dedicated to the convergence of Arts, Business and Community – The “ABC’s” of building strong, active neighborhoods throughout Chicago.

Featuring a spectacular panel of speakers:

  • Greg Cameron  Executive Director, Joffrey Ballet
  • Nora Daley  Civic Leader, Former Board Chair and current Board Member, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  • Commissioner Mark Kelly  City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
  • Maurice Smith  BCBSIL President; Board Chair of Chicago Sinfonietta

Our luncheon fundraiser enables us to continue working with hundreds of Chicago’s arts organizations and business volunteers each year.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet a handful of local community arts organizations, including Beverly Arts Center, Forward Momentum Chicago, People’s Music School, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and Storycatchers Theatre, and learn how they can get involved and contribute to the arts sector through corporate and individual opportunities.

Summer Bash 2017
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

On July 18, meet your peers at this festive night of live performance and vibrant networking at Revolution Brewpub for the annual A&BC Summer Bash. Arts and business professionals will mingle and watch short performances highlighting a few of the many arts organizations A&BC serves. We’ll also honor a business professional and a company making a difference in our arts programs.

All of this will take place on Revolution Brewpub’s well-appointed second floor, where there will be an unlimited supply of Rev Brew’s lauded beers and delectable appetizers. Pass this invitation along to a friend who might be interested in participating in Arts & Business Council programs.

$75 per person 

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Enter the Summer Bash Raffle! Enter using the form below, or buy tickets at the Bash. You do not need to be present to win!

Prizes include packages of tickets to performances or classes (noted) from: Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Chicago Sinfonietta, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Green Star Movement (class for two), The House Theatre, Lifeline Theater, Lucky Plush, Sideshow Theatre, 16th Street Theater, and more!

The Raffle form is not required to complete your Summer Bash ticket purchase.


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A&BC Holiday Wonder Party @ Elastic Arts
Dec 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago invites you and other members of the arts and business communities to our Holiday Wonder party, Thursday, Dec. 14, 6:30-8:30pm, at Elastic Arts in Logan Square.

Feel the warm, sparkly, cinnamon-infused joy of gathering with colleagues to celebrate the successes of 2017 and to anticipate the triumphs of 2018. Bring your team and make merry!

A $25 ticket to this fun and casual event—in partnership with Audience Architects, an ArtCoremember—will include:

  • A 2-drink ticket and small bites
  • Short performances throughout the night
  • Open mic shout-outs to our peers and arts organizations, recognizing the year’s high points
  • Viewing of the current Elastic exhibition – PAZ: Piñatas & Zines, by Oscar Arriola
  • A performance from dance artist and educator Adriana Durant
  • The sparkly sounds of Paul Giallorenzo, Co-Founder of Elastic Arts, on the piano
  • Admission to the 9pm Elastic Arts show following the party: the jazz quartet of Dave Rempis, Jim Baker, Kent Kessler, and Avreeayl Ra (do not miss this!)

Elastic Arts’ address is:
3429 W Diversey Ave, #208 (near Milwaukee).
CTA: Logan Square Blue Line; 56, 76, and 82 buses.

We hope to see you there!

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Winter Wonder @ Chinese American Museum of Chicago
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for Winter Wonder on December 5!

Arts & Business Council of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Alliance, and See Chicago Dance, three of Chicago’s top art service organizations, invite you to an eclectic event that celebrates the vibrancy of our sector.

Gambol, glide, and roll with movers and shakers in the arts for a fantastic evening of conversation, food, and loads of fun!

Detonate out your inner dancer and learn to salsa with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre. Tickle your taste buds with some dim sum. Spin through the Chinese American Museum of Chicago’s exhibitions. Jerk to the jungle and dancehall beats of DJ C.

Forget that it’s winter and come celebrate the wonder of the arts!

Tickets $30
6 pm: Doors open
6:15 pm: Tour of The Way We Wore: Celebrating Chinese Fashion Heritage Exhibition
7 pm: Salsa dancing with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre
7:30 pm: DJ & dancing

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Breakfast Club: Do I Really Need Insurance? @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Jan 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago convenes a monthly morning gathering for arts administrators to discuss topics and share ideas relevant to the business of art. Breakfast Club is a dynamic opportunity for arts administrators to connect with one another and collaborate on solutions for navigating personal and industry challenges.

Tuesday, January 8 from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Do I really need insurance? Yes. Even if I’m a small nonprofit? Still yes. Arts organization are inherently prone to risk. When you bring audiences into your space for a performance or exhibition, engage volunteers to fulfill your end of year appeal mailing, and throw incredible fundraiser events, you create opportunities for personal and financial risk.

Determining the insurance policies that are right for your organization is tricky. Join the conversation at Breakfast Club to connect with peers who are also in search of the best policies. We’ll discuss some best practices to consider and direct you to a policy that suits your needs.

Register for Breakfast Club here. 

Winter Orientation — Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA) @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

BVA Orientation – January 2019

New business volunteers must attend a BVA Orientation before starting on a project. We offer the BVA Orientation four times a year— winter, spring, summer and fall on Friday afternoons from 2:00 – 5:00 pm in downtown Chicago.

The Winter application deadline is January 11. Apply here.

For more information about the BVA program, click here.

Board Training: Arts Organization Structures & Board Responsibilities @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Presenter: Kristin Larsen, Executive Director, Arts & Business Council of Chicago

Topics include:

  • Structures of arts organizations and their boards—staffing, income, and programming models
  • Life cycle of arts organizations, from the founding board to the working board and the governing board
  • Relationship between the board and staff, and challenges posed by staffing and board transitions

Price: $150

Advance registration is required as space is limited. We will not accept walk-up registrations. For details on registering for this training, please contact Noemi Garcia at

Breakfast Club: Advocacy and the Nonprofit Voice @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Feb 5 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago convenes a monthly morning gathering for arts administrators to discuss topics and share ideas relevant to the business of art. Breakfast Club is a dynamic opportunity for arts administrators to connect with one another and collaborate on solutions for navigating personal and industry challenges.

In preparation for Arts Advocacy Day, join us to learn how you can approach your legislators to champion the cultural policy issues that are most important to you and your organization. Jonathan VanderBrug, Policy and Research Director at Arts Alliance Illinois, will join the conversation on how your nonprofit organization can use its voice to advocate for important issues such as the CREATE Act or full-funding for the NEA and the NEH without losing your 501(c)3 status. With the upcoming Chicago Mayoral election, this is a conversation you won’t want to miss!

Tuesday, February 5 from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Register for Breakfast Club here. 

On BOARD: Winter Meet the Boards
Feb 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet the Boards is a networking session for On BOARD candidates and arts organization boards to meet and learn about each other. Attendees discuss the mission and history of the organization, current and upcoming initiatives, and how new board members can contribute to the organization.

Interested organizations must fill out an arts client On BOARD application – the deadline for which is January 11, 2019.

Meet the Boards is by invitation only.