Young Professional

The Oriental Institute's Young Professional (YP) group is a vibrant community of young people who support the overall mission and programs of the Oriental Institute. This special membership category is designed to give emerging civic leaders a meaningful way to engage with the Oriental Institute, one of Chicago leading cultural institutions. The YP is intended for anyone between the ages of 22-45 who wants to learn more about the ancient Middle East while participating in exclusive educational, social, networking and volunteer activities with some of the world’s foremost academics.

Join this membership category to receive invitations to exciting events designed specifically for young professionals. Past events have included behind the scenes tours, meet and greet with Oriental Institute Scholars, Beer and Wine throughout Ancient History, Scavenger Hunts, Dine Around with Archeologist, Lure and Lore of Spices, Epic Wednesday, and much more. Don’t just take our word for it – check out our pictures from our events on our flickr.  See all the kinds of events the YP get to be a part of and then join us!

Benefits of Membership

Young Professional members receive the benefits of Associate members, invitations to engaging programs, and opportunities to network and socialize with peers at a special series of YPevents.


A Scavenger Hunt

Join us for a fundraiser benefiting the Oriental Institute Museum Feature Exhibits.

More information

2015 Calendar of Events

Members are encouraged to use programming as an opportunity to introduce prospective members to the Oriental Institute