About Us

The strength of the ULCC is our membership. We are a diverse group of individuals with a common desire to meet others, make connections, learn new things, enjoy the city's cultural offerings and find ways to give back to our community and country. We are from different places, backgrounds, professions and points of view. We are members because we value the opportunity to become friends and together enjoy the ULCC's extensive array of programming and amenities.

We consider our clubhouse a home away from home with first-class benefits. There are multiple comfortable spaces to bring a laptop and get serious work done or find time to chat with members from different professions and share ideas and business opportunities. A few floors away are spa and workout facilities with personal training, a swimming pool and competitive sports. Barber, massage and dry-cleaning services are available. Social programs that make it easy to meet people round out the day, and freshly prepared food is offered from breakfast onward in settings that range from casual to luxurious. All to be enjoyed with family, friends or with a good book by a roaring fireplace.

The ULCC is the place for newcomers and lifelong Chicagoans alike; for young entrepreneurs, small business owners, professionals looking to grow their careers, and for those at a stage in life where they can pursue new interests and hobbies. This is where busy professionals can come. relax and decompress and where people seeking enrichment can find art, music, charitable foundations, interest groups and fine dining. The Club is not only a venue for business meetings, but for beautiful weddings and private parties -- celebrations of life's best moments. This is a place where members and their guests come to simply enjoy life.

With so much to offer its members, it is not surprising that the Union League Club is rated one of the top private clubs in the country. The finest professional staff provides outstanding service in the Clubhouse facilities, which include two restaurants, a gastro pub, a coffee shop, event spaces that seat from two to 400, six floors of fitness facilities, large and small conference rooms, a library, remote workspaces, and 160 overnight guest rooms. Through reciprocal privileges, members are able to stay and dine in hundreds of other excellent private clubs around the world.


History of the Club

The Union Leagues of America was founded in 1862 in Pekin, Illinois to affirm the patriotic cause of the Union, support the policies of Illinoian 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.

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.

Union League Baseball Club, 1910

Building of New Union League Location, 1925

Union League Dinner, 1930

Union League Poster Design Contest, 1930

Building of New Union League Location, 1925

Oval Room, 1960

What is the ULCC?

Mission

The Union League Club of Chicago exists to enrich the lives of our members through the Club's commitment to community and country.

Vision

The Union League Club of Chicago promotes the unique opportunity for members to participate as a leading voice in civic, philanthropic and cultural affairs. Our offerings focus on high-value membership experiences in a premier environment that provides opportunities for personal growth and development.

MEMBERSHIP

Extend Yourself Beyond Yourself

The Union League Club of Chicago believes in opening the door to new experiences and opportunities. Whether you are looking for a place to work, a group of people to have fun, social and educational experiences with or a place to do good in the community, the Union League Club of Chicago helps you extend yourself beyond yourself.

ULCC in the News

Renovation

Opening the windows to let the light in.

The Union League Club of Chicago is letting the light in—literally—as it continues efforts to adapt to the rhythms of modern business.

Skip the Hotel, Stay at a Club

"Want Clubby Cachet? Stay at a Private Club"

As more boutique hotels offer a retro, club-like experience, some travelers have discovered that they prefer the real thing: lodging overnight in private, 19th-century clubs.

Chicago Mayoral Forum

Lightfoot and Preckwinkle Square Off

The back and forth over whether Preckwinkle’s progressive credentials conflict with her role as “boss” of the county’s Democratic Party came during a mayoral forum at the Union League Club.