Military & Veteran Support
Honoring the Men & Women of America's Armed Forces
Since 1879, the Union League Club of Chicago (ULC) has provided unwavering support for America, her Armed Forces, and our nation’s veterans. The ULC’s activity in pursuit of this mission – carried out via an active American Legion Post, civilian military support organizations, and a close working relationship with all service branches – is without equal among private clubs in the United States.
The Club’s founders were motivated by the legacy of the Union Leagues of America, patriotic organizations that formed during the Civil War to raise funds for the Union Army. Following the end of the war, they wanted to establish a club that would uphold democracy, instill patriotism in future generations, and provide ongoing support for America’s military. Today, the ULC and its members continue to uphold these values and to fulfill the Club's proud tradition of service.
On a continuing basis, the Club’s Public Affairs Committee (PAC) and its Military Affairs Subcommittee sponsor programs with senior military and Department of Defense officials to help sustain the essential connection between the civilian and military communities. The Club’s members include many veterans, and together with the PAC, ULC American Legion Post 758 works on veterans’ affairs and maintains a robust agenda of events and service projects.
The Club is also the headquarters of the Armed Forces Council of Chicago, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works closely with the City of Chicago and regional military commands in support of public celebrations involving the Armed Forces - including Memorial Day (the largest municipal celebration of its kind in the U.S.), Independence Day, Veterans Day, and activities during Armed Forces Week. Two civilian military support groups operate within the Club under the aegis of the Armed Forces Council: the Chicago 502, which supports the soldiers and families of the Army’s 502nd Infantry Regiment/101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the 721 Club, which supports the crew and families of the USS Chicago (SSN 721), a U.S. Navy submarine.