For many years, civic and cultural groups as well as involved citizens of Addison had recognized the need for a home for cultural, arts, and civic activities in Addison. In 1986, these groups joined together to form the Addison Cultural Arts Development Commission to fully explore the need and feasibility of building a cultural arts center in Addison.
With support from local and state agencies, like the Village of Addison and the Illinois Arts Council, the Commission was able to prepare the first stage of development of what would become the Addison Center for the Arts, and in September 1994 the Center was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization to advance the arts as an integral part of life in Addison and the surrounding communities.
While working towards making the Addison Center for the Arts a physical reality the Center partnered with numerous organizations like the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Fantasia Ballet Company of Russia, and The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago to bring culturally diverse arts programming to our ethnically diverse population.
In the fall of 2010, after a successful capital campaign and equally successful partnerships with the Village of Addison and School District 88 the Addison Center for the Arts opened the doors of it new home in Addison Trail High School that features an art gallery, a studio theater, a one thousand seat auditorium, and shared art classrooms.