Become a Founding Member of the Athenaeum.

At the Athenaeum Center for Thought and Culture, we are committed to thoughtfully and joyfully engaging the community, creating and promoting beauty in its diversity of forms, and inspiring people to seek answers to life’s deepest questions. 

Our donors are visionaries, men and women who believe that this initiative will bear fruit over many decades to come, playing a central role in the artistic and civic life of Chicago and beyond

The Athenaeum Center is committed to bringing more art and more beauty into the world because we think these things make human life richer. Beauty moves the whole human person, connects us with others who are sharing the experience, and brings us to greater knowledge of reality.

“Beauty is the visible form of the good.” —JP II

Join the Founder’s Club

The Founders Club is a limited time, exclusive membership that will continue in perpetuity. The minimum donation to join the Founder’s Club is $5,000 and is only available during our inaugural period. The Athenaeum Center for Thought & Culture is a 501(3)c organization. All charitable contributions made are tax deductible.

As a founding member, you will play a pivotal role in building something beautiful for our community and the world.


Merchandise and Concession Discounts

Founders Club Only Eventsxx
Founder Recognition in Perpetuityxx
Free drink ticket to ACTC eventsxx
VIP invites with artists x
Customize Support for Particular Programming x

How your support will make a difference

  • Directly fund the curation of performances and events that will help people pursue the beautiful, the true, the good, and the interesting. 
  • Key Restoration & Renovation efforts:  we believe that places matter and our space should reflect our mission of inviting people to encounter beauty. 
  • Improving accessibility
  • Help support our operations 

“Beauty is vanishing from our world because we live as though it did not matter.” —Roger Scruton

Join a community of people who are living as if it did.

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