Upon entering the Union League Club of Chicago, one can sense an aura of tradition, history, accomplishment and dedication. For more than 125 years, the Club has been the place in Chicago where people have gathered to lay the groundwork for various civic projects and organize social and philanthropic undertakings.
Established in 1879 to uphold the sacred obligations of citizenship, promote honesty and efficiency in government, and support cultural institutions and the beautification of the city, the Club has been a contributing partner in the growth and development of Chicago. 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 the site of the exposition by the United States Congress. 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.
As each year passes, the Union League Club and its members continue to commit their selves to their community and country. By joining the Club, members enrich their lives by improving their world.
Crystal Room: Our Crystal Room is commonly used for business parties and our Authors Group Luncheons.
Business Parties: The events that companies hold here at the Club range from annual meetings, congratulatory parties and holiday parties. The capabilities of our Crystal Room are very similar to that of our Main Dining Room. A dance floor can easily be put in place as well as a stage and audio visual equipment.
Authors Group: For our Authors Group events, we bring in various authors to speak about their life, their inspiration to write their book and then allow our members to have a Q&A session following. Some authors from the past include: Barbara Walters, Al & Tipper Gore, John McCain, Phil Jackson and Madeline Albright.
Main Dining Room: Our biggest ballroom in the Club, the Main Dining Room offers both space and elegance. No matter the size of the group, the Union League Club can accommodate your party. Throughout each year, the room is used for our biggest events. Some common events held in the Main Dining Room are as follows:
Boxing Night: A live boxing fight is put on right in the middle of our Main Dining Room. A ring is setup, lights are brought in and the room is transformed into a boxing fan's dream.
Political Events: Through the years we have held many political forums and luncheons in our Main Dining Room. Most recently we've held forums with the Democratic Senatorial Candidates, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates and a forum with the Republican Gubernatorial Candidates.
Weddings: Nearly every Saturday during the warm weather seasons, and many Saturdays in the fall and winter, the Main Dining Room is used for wedding parties. Flower arrangements are brought in; a dance floor and Dj are put in place and our kitchen staff provides specific catering requests to the liking of the married party.
Chefs: For nearly every event, our Chefs prepare five-star courses for our members and guests. Some examples are: herbed oyster mushroom risotto, tarragon rubbed broiled half chicken, pan seared Alaskan halibut and grilled Georgia quail.