The Athenaeum is the official home for the following not-for-profit performing arts organizations:


Chicago a cappella

Chicago a cappella is a creative enterprise devoted to furthering the art of singing together without instruments.


Chicago Arts Orchestra

Our mission at the Chicago Arts Orchestra is to touch an underserved and neglected audience through the championing of all types of art music.


The Chicago Improv Festival

The Chicago Improv Festival Productions’ mission is to celebrate the present, honor the past, and showcase the future of improvisational theatre.

ChineseFineArtsSocietyChinese Fine Arts Society

Founded in 1984, the Chinese Fine Arts Society is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of Chinese culture, enhancing cultural exchange and pursuing excellence in Chinese music, dance and visual arts.

DanceChicagoDance Chicago

Dance Chicago is a dance community festival and is held each fall at various major dance venues, including Stage 773, Mandel Hall and the Athenaeum Theatre.

InasideChicagoDanceInaside Chicago Dance

Inaside Chicago Dance advances innovative artistry through choreography, performances, and educational programs to heighten the state of the art in the Midwest.

JumpRhythmJazzProjectJump Rhythm Jazz Project

Jump Rhythm Jazz Project is a not-for-profit arts organization founded in 1990 whose mission is to celebrate the joys of shared rhythm-making in dance, music, and song among individuals of diverse ages and cultures by honoring and expanding upon the American tradition of Africanist-influenced, rhythm-based dancing and singing.


The Saints

Our mission is to help the not-for-profit performing arts community of the Chicago-land area. The arts enrich our lives and our society. We volunteer in belief that our efforts will help them continue to do so.

Lakeview Orchestra

The mission of the Lakeview Orchestra is to engage, entertain, and educate audiences through symphonic music, provide an opportunity for Chicago area musicians to develop and perform, and strengthen the appreciation for and understanding of classical music in the Lakeview community and beyond.

ShatteredGlobeTheatreShattered Globe Theatre

Dedicated to the philosophy of ensemble, it is the mission of Shattered Globe Theatre to challenge the perspective of audience and artists alike through passionate storytelling. Shattered Globe is inspired by the diversity of our city and is committed to making the theater accessible to all audiences.

TeatroVistaTeatro Vista

Teatro Vista is the vanguard of Latino theater in the United States, a place where Latino and non-Latino artists can expressively flourish and excel to the highest level of theatrical professionalism. We are dedicated to sharing new work by new playwrights in cutting-edge productions and presenting classic plays featuring artists of color.

Vanguard Arts Collective

Vanguard Arts Collective illuminates current stories through the dark and comedic. We spotlight the work of living artists (and welcome our audiences to get a little lit themselves). By exploring the bounds of technical design, sparking conversation is in our circuitry.

For more information on becoming a non-profit organization with space at the Athenaeum, please contact Allan Chambers.