Community

Community is what drives everything the Union League Club of Chicago (ULCC) stands for. We are the only private club in the United States that has an institutional commitment to public policy and community service. We believe that by empowering our community, we in turn empower ourselves and lay the groundwork for a successful future Chicago. Through our Public Affairs Committee, philanthropic work and community programming, the Club exists to make a difference and promote growth.

  • Public Affairs
  • Philanthropy
  • Community Programming

public affairs


At the forefront of our ongoing commitment to community and country is our Public Affairs Committee (PAC). The PAC and its various subcommittees address a wide range of public policy issues, sponsor programs on current affairs with prominent speakers, and serve as the conduit for the Club’s involvement in civic affairs.

The PAC advances its work in many ways, including coalition building, supporting public information campaigns, sponsoring debates and forums, and testifying before legislative bodies on behalf of positions approved by the Board.


publicaffairs@ulcc.org 312.435.5946


Call For Nominations: 2017 Democracy in Action Award!

Do you know an Illinois high school junior or senior who is an outstanding civic leader? The Union League Club of Chicago (ULCC) seeks nominations for its 2017 Democracy in Action Award (DIAA). The DIAA is presented each year to students (attending public or private high schools) who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their communities. Nominations are submitted by teachers familiar with the student’s work; honorees receive cash awards and are recognized at the ULCC’s Annual Meeting. Deadline for nominations is May 12, 2017. Please help us spread the word with high schools in your area and encourage teachers to nominate students who should be considered for this prestigious statewide award! For more information, contact ULCC Public Affairs at 312.435.5946.

Nomination Form
Program Materials 


Boys & Girls Clubs

The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs serve more than 12,500 Chicago children every year at seven Chicago sites, one detention center, and a 250-acre residential camp in Salem, Wisconsin. 

Luminarts Cultural Foundation

The Luminarts Cultural Foundation supports young Chicago artists, writers, and musicians by selecting 20 Luminarts Fellows annually. Luminarts Fellows receive recognition and financial support, and are cultivated by the Foundation as they continue their artistic practice to the betterment of Chicago's cultural landscape.

Chicago Engineers' Foundation

The Chicago Engineers' Foundation provides scholarships to college-bound engineering students to help launch their academic careers.

Community Programming


The Union League Club of Chicago is an organization that, since its founding, has always given back.


Aside from the support our Public Affairs Committee and foundations provide, community programming is a service we provide for both members and the Chicagoland community.
Public Affairs
The Public Affairs Committee creates countless community events every year and partners with local organizations such as: Illinois League of Women Voters | University of Illinois' Institute of Government & Public Affairs (IGPA) | Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) | Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) | Better Government Association (BGA) | Illinois Council on Economic Education (Econ Illinois) | Chicago Metropolis 2020 | Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce | Illinois Chamber of Commerce | Pritzker Military Library | Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA)

ULC Boys & Girls Clubs
Serving nearly 13,000 Chicago youth, the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs provides programming that not only improves these children's lives, but also offers enriching experiences for the members. Events range from Homework Help with students to a wine dinner in the summer and an annual gala in the fall. For more information on the Union League Boys & Girls Club, visit ulbgc.org

Luminarts Cultural Foundation
The Luminarts Cultural Foundation at the Union League Club of Chicago supports young Chicago artists, writers, and musicians by selecting 20 Luminarts Fellows annually through a rigorous competitive process. Luminarts Fellows receive recognition and financial support, and are cultivated by the Foundation as they continue their artistic practice to the betterment of Chicago's cultural landscape.  For more information on the Luminarts Foundation, visit Luminarts.org

Chicago Engineers' Foundation
What began as a modest effort to encourage study in the fields of engineering has grown into an annual incentive awards program. In 2015, the Foundation awarded more than $115,000  to 101 high school seniors and returning university students. Whether it's through the simple financial support of members or the Foundation's annual Speakeasy Benefit, Chicago Engineers' Foundation continues to support the local community.  For more information on the Chicago Engineers' Foundation, visit ChicagoEngineersFoundation.org
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