Your support helps us transform the world through Beauty.

Our culture makes it easy to live in fear, division, and isolation. But we can’t look at each other suspiciously when we are all gazing in wonder together at something larger than ourselves. Beauty, tradition, and the arts can bring joy, common ground, and shared meaning back into our lives and communities.

Your support for the Athenaeum Center sets the stage for beauty and for a cultural revitalization, here in Chicago and around the world. With your help, we can renew the great tradition of the arts.

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. Give today and help us to build something beautiful for our community and the world.

Founders Club

Our Founders Club members are visionaries, women and men who believe that investing in beauty will bear fruit over many decades to come. The Athenaeum as it stands today is the legacy of generous supporters from 1911.  Join our Founders Club, open for a limited time, and help shape the new legacy and future of this historic building for the next hundred years.


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