Dress Code

Dress to impress and elevate your lifestyle! 

The Union League Club of Chicago is comprised of diverse professionals who are looking to elevate their lifestyle through fun and fulfilling experiences. With a recently updated dress code, that now allows dress denim on the first, fourth and eighth floors; the Club continues to attract even more independent professionals aspiring to be part of something bigger then themselves.

Are you interested in elevating your lifestyle? If so, click here for more information on membership at the Union League Club of Chicago.


The following requirements are applicable to members and their guests at all times:

A. General

  • Business Casual Attire is allowed throughout the Clubhouse with the exception of specific events for which higher modes of attire (e.g., Business Dress Attire, black tie or white tie) are specified for the event.
  • Casual Attire is allowed daily in the Wigwam until 11:30 a.m., on the first, fourth and eighth floors, and on Saturdays throughout the clubhouse (excluding the Wigwam after 5:00 p.m.) and Sundays and federal holidays except as noted below.
  • Business Casual Attire or better is required in the Wigwam for evening meals.
  • Business Casual Attire or better is always required in the Lincoln Ballroom.
  • Summer Casual Attire is not allowed on Fridays.

B. Definitions

1. Business Dress Attire is defined as:
  • Men: Business suit or sport coat and slacks with collared shirt and necktie.
  • Women: Suit (including business pantsuit), dress or blazer with skirt or tailored slacks.
  • Military: Class A. Dress or uniform of the day.
  • Clergy: Customary clerical attire.
2. Business Casual Attire is defined as:
  • Men: Collared shirt (including turtleneck) and slacks (no dress denim).
  • Women: Slacks or skirt with blouse or sweater.
3. Casual Attire (for ladies and gentlemen) is defined as: Slacks, dress denim, collared shirts (including polo shirts), turtlenecks and sweaters. 3a. Summer Casual Attire: From May 1 to October 1, walking shorts are permitted as casual attire in ONE and the Patio seven days a week, and throughout the clubhouse on Saturdays (excluding the Wigwam after 5:00 p.m.), Sundays and federal holidays. 4. Prohibited Attire: The following are NOT considered Casual Attire and are specifically PROHIBITED (except on Floors 10 and above):
  • T-shirts or sweatshirts
  • Trading jacket and other work clothes/uniform
  • Sweat suit and other athletic attire
  • Jean jacket, overalls, or cutoffs
  • Any torn or tattered garment

5. Athletic Attire: Athletic Attire is not acceptable in any area of the Clubhouse below the 10th floor. When wearing athletic attire or anything less than Casual Attire, a Member or guest must enter or exit the Clubhouse via the Athletic Entrance on Federal Street and proceed to or from Floors 10 and above by use of the Club’s Southwest passenger elevator.

C. Outdoor Clothing and Other Belongings

Coats, jackets and other outdoor clothing of all persons (except overnight guests) are to be checked or placed in one of the first floor coatrooms before proceeding to any other area of the Clubhouse.
Overnight Guests who do not check their outdoor clothing are expected to leave that clothing in their rooms except when in transit between their rooms and the outdoors.

All persons are encouraged to leave the following items in the coatrooms or their sleeping room: umbrellas, shopping bags, packages, athletic bags, grips, briefcases and items of a similar nature if access to those items is not required while using the Clubhouse facilities.

D. Exceptions

The following are the only exceptions to the foregoing Dress Code requirements:
  • Persons under 16 years of age are permitted to wear Business Casual Attire in lieu of Business Dress Attire
  • Children under 12 years of age are permitted to wear shorts at all times
  • Other exceptions established by the House Committee for particular events

E. Compliance

It is the responsibility of every Member to inform his or her invited guests of the Dress Code. In the interest of assisting guests with Dress Code compliance, the Club has a limited supply of sport coats, ties and wrap-around skirts available for use in the Clubhouse.


F. Enforcement

The Club staff is required to enforce the Dress Code in all areas of the Clubhouse. Any person not in compliance with the Dress Code may be asked to leave an area or the Clubhouse.
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