Union League Club of Chicago

A distinguished and inclusive club where members can embrace a more inspired life.

Behind these doors lies a sanctuary that feels like a second home; one where fine art, dining, community connections, work, play and friendship all come together.

History of the Union League Club of Chicago

The Union Leagues of America was founded in 1862 in Pekin, Illinois to affirm the patriotic cause of the Union, support the policies of Illinoisan Abraham Lincoln and combat pro-slavery secret societies infiltrating Illinois and elsewhere. Thousands of Union Leagues of America branches organized around the country and, with their objectives met, most disbanded after the war.

As Chicago burned and then boomed during the 1870s, former Union League members in the Chicago area began discussing the establishment of a downtown club and on December 19, 1879, the Union League Club of Chicago was incorporated.


Looking Forward

To this day, the Club upholds the sacred obligations of citizenship, promotes honesty and efficiency in government, supports cultural institutions and the beautification of the city and supports our nation’s military and their families.

Through the efforts of its dynamic membership, the Club has been a catalyst for action in nonpartisan political, economic and social arenas – focusing its leadership and resources on important social issues. As early as 1893, Chicago gained recognition as a world-class city when it hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition. Club members were instrumental in having Chicago named as the site of the exposition by the United States Congress, with Daniel Burnham, a member of the Club, leading the charge. Since that time, Club members have played a role in establishing many of the city’s cultural organizations, including Orchestra Hall and the Field Museum. In the 1990s, the Club celebrated its role in the opening of the Harold Washington Library Center and continues to do work in justice, education and government reform.


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A world-class second home for every member. From the moment you enter, you'll discover an unparalleled community of people who care -- about our world, our Chicago community, and one another.

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