Union League Boys & Girls Clubs



The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs exist to promote the social, moral, vocational, physical and educational development of boys and girls residing in Chicago.



The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs was founded on December 26, 1919 by the membership of the Union League Club of Chicago, and became an affiliate member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America on February 23, 1920. The new organization established its first club (Club One) through the purchase of a building in early 1920 in the Pilsen neighborhood. In 1924, a residential camp was purchased in Wisconsin to provide outdoor summer camping to members of the Club. Three other Clubs followed, as did additional sites associated with the Clubs:
  • 1926: Talcott Club (formerly called "Club Two") - relocated to Talcott Elementary School in 2006
  • 1970: Barreto Club - rebuilt in 2003
  • 2002: Lafayette Club – merged with the Barreto Club in 2009
  • 2002: Von Humboldt 21st Century Site established
  • 2008: Roberto Clemente High School Site established

What We Do

The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs changes lives at 5 locations in the Chicago area and a Camp in Salem, Wisconsin. Programming ensures all members realize their dreams and reach their full potential, while providing healthy meals and a safe and positive environment for neighborhood kids. In the communities we serve, residents suffer from some of the lowest educational attainment levels and the highest dropout and poverty rates in the city, with the majority of our kids coming from single parent households. 93% of our children qualify for a free or reduced lunch in school.

As we did when we first opened in 1919, the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs still provides kids a safe place to have fun and enjoy being a kid.

We Create Opportunity

“I will soon begin my education at Northern Illinois University. Thank you!” - Jackie 

  • Scholarships 
  • Role models 
  • Computer and science labs 
  • Programming

We Provide Sanctuary

“I would be getting in trouble instead of being active and around friends.” - Robert 
  • A safe place off the streets 
  • Athletics programs and games 
  • Library and Reading areas 
  • Arts & Crafts rooms

We Transform our Community

“The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs taught me how to be a better person and how to control my anger.” - Tyla 
  • Safer neighborhoods 
  • Community health fairs 
  • Daily meals for families 
  • Increased literacy

We Produce Responsible Citizens

“The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs helped me become responsible by giving me a job working with kids.” - Deyundra 
  • Employment preparation 
  • College opportunities 
  • Career workshops 
  • Life skills education


All five locations are open five days a week, Monday through Friday. After-school hours currently are 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Teen only hours from 6:30-8:30p.m. Monday – Thursday at Barreto and Tuesdays & Thursdays at Club One and Talcott; summer vacation hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Club One

2157 West 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
Club One serves 3,253 youths per year in the Pilsen neighborhood, as well as youth from the Near West Side, and North and South Lawndale. Average Daily Attendance: 225 youths


Talcott Club

Talcott Elementary School
625 North Wolcott Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
Talcott Club serves 1,938 youths per year in West Town and the Near West Side. Average Daily Attendance: 194 youths


Barreto Club

1214 North Washtenaw Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
Barreto Club serves 3,591 youths per year in Humboldt Park and West Town. Average Daily Attendance: 229 youths


Von Humboldt School – 21st Century Site

2620 West Hirsch Street, Chicago, IL 60622
The Von Humboldt School site Serves 123 Club members daily.


Roberto Clemete High School Site

1147 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
The Roberto Clemente site serves 83 students during the school year and 200 day camp members during the summer.



P.O. Box 158, Salem, WI 53168

Featuring 247-acres of woodland, wildlife, a lake, and a lagoon, our Camp serves 500 kids a year from our Clubs ages 5 to 13. Youths enjoy two-week camp sessions at our Camp, located near Salem, Wisconsin, about 65 miles north of Chicago.

Our Camp is open full time, 24 hours each day in the summer and for weekend programs throughout the year. The Camp is one of only three not-for-profit camps serving the Chicago metropolitan area. Through the generous support of several donors, the camp now has a year-round lodge and six renovated cabins.

For More Information

To become involved in our Boys and Girls Clubs, or to visit our Clubs, contact Executive Director Mary Ann Mahon-Huels at or by telephone at 312.435.5987 or visit our club web site at