Library & Archives

Library & Archives


As one of the Club's oldest established amenities, our Library prides itself on upholding a long tradition of individualized care.


This dynamic resource is staffed by a team of professional librarians who strive to meet patron needs and to keep the collections relevant. Materials are selected for the Library in response to member interests; all attempts are made to acquire the latest in popular literature and film. The Library offers a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, films, and television series for members and guests to check out. In addition to the variety of materials available to take home and enjoy, the Library offers magazine and newspaper subscriptions and a Business Information Center for use at the Club. Members and guests enjoy a unique, peaceful environment for escape from the hustle and bustle of the city while working at one of the tables, relaxing in a cozy chair, or enjoying a good book.

The Archives of the Club were established more recently to support the research for and publication of “Glory, Darkness, Light: a history of the Union League Club of Chicago,” the official Club history. The Club's archival collections contain thousands of historic photographs documenting not only the history of the Club, but also Chicago history. Those pursuing genealogical research may find the Club's member records of interest. Students, media outlets, and other cultural institutions often utilize the Club's Archives for history fair projects, working on degree programs, or for researching the Club's rich contribution to the history of Chicago and Illinois.
Honorary Members


2006
SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR
2001ELIZABETH DOLE 
2000GEORGE H.W. BUSH 
1980GERALD R. FORD  
1977JOHN PAUL STEVENS 
1966EVERETT MCKINLEY DIRKSEN 
1952ROBERT A. TAFT
1948FRANKLYN BLISS SNYDER
1946GEN. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
           GEN. DOUGLAS MACARTHUR
1940GEORGE T. BUCKINGHAM
           WILLIAM P. SIDLEY
1928GEN. JOHN J. PERSHING
1927CHARLES G. DAWES
1926CALVIN COOLIDGE
1923 - HERBERT C. HOOVER 
           WOODROW WILSON  


1916
A. B. CUMMINS
1910WILLIAM J. CALHOUN 
1909WILLIAM H. TAFT
1907GROVER CLEVELAND 
1904THOMAS B. BRYAN 
1901THEODORE ROOSEVELT 
1892
W. C. P. BRECKENRIDGE
1897HENRY B. BROWN 
1889LEVI P. MORTON
1888 - GEN. GEORGE CROOK
1884 - LT. GEN. JOHN M. SCHOFIELD 
1881 - CHESTER A. ARTHUR 
1880 - THOMAS DRUMMOND 
           JAMES A. GARFIELD 
           ULYSSES S. GRANT  
           LT. GEN. PHILIP H. SHERIDAN 
1890 - MAJ. GEN. NELSON A. MILES



Historical Club Events
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 as 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.

Did you know?
Did you know the Chicago Tribune once called the Union League Club of Chicago "The Other Art Institute of Chicago," because of the Club's impressive art collection?
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