About the Club

The ULCC is a private club with a public focus; a home away from home with amenities; a place to work and workout, to network and learn, to dine in luxury or grab a quick lunch; to meet new people and catch up with old friends; to enjoy “the good life” and create a better life for others. Membership in the Union League Club of Chicago means unparalleled access to activities, events and facilities to make the most of life.

The ULCC is everything a private club should be and more. The Clubhouse facilities include two restaurants, a gastro pub, a coffee shop, event spaces that seat from two to 400, six floors of fitness facilities, large and small conference rooms, a library, remote workspaces, and 180 overnight guest rooms. The Union League Club is rated one of the top private clubs in the country. And the Club is so much more than the Clubhouse.

 

History of the Club

Founded more than 140 years ago, the Union League Club of Chicago emerged from the Union Leagues of America, which was an organization put in place to support President Lincoln's Union. After its founding, the Club has upheld the sacred obligations of citizenship, promoted honesty and efficiency in government, supported cultural institutions and the beautification of the city and supported our nation’s military and their families.

Through the efforts of its dynamic membership, the Club has been a catalyst for action in nonpartisan political, economic and social arenas – focusing its leadership and resources on important social issues. 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, with Daniel Burnham, a member of the Club, leading the charge. 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 and continues to do work in justice, education and government reform.

Union League Baseball Club, 1910

Building of New Union League Location, 1925

Union League Dinner, 1930

Union League Poster Design Contest, 1930

Union League Barber Shop, 1950

Oval Room, 1960

What is the ULCC?

Mission

The Union League Club of Chicago exists to enrich the lives of our members through the Club's commitment to community and country.

Vision

The Union League Club of Chicago promotes the unique opportunity for members to participate as a leading voice in civic, philanthropic and cultural affairs. Our offerings focus on high-value membership experiences in a premier environment that provides opportunities for personal growth and development.

MEMBERSHIP

Extend Yourself Beyond Yourself

The Union League Club of Chicago believes in opening the door to new experiences and opportunities. Whether you are looking for a place to work, a group of people to have fun, social and educational experiences with or a place to do good in the community, the Union League Club of Chicago helps you extend yourself beyond yourself.

ULCC in the News

Renovation

Opening the windows to let the light in.

The Union League Club of Chicago is letting the light in—literally—as it continues efforts to adapt to the rhythms of modern business.

Skip the Hotel, Stay at a Club

"Want Clubby Cachet? Stay at a Private Club"

As more boutique hotels offer a retro, club-like experience, some travelers have discovered that they prefer the real thing: lodging overnight in private, 19th-century clubs.

Chicago Mayoral Forum

Lightfoot and Preckwinkle Square Off

The back and forth over whether Preckwinkle’s progressive credentials conflict with her role as “boss” of the county’s Democratic Party came during a mayoral forum at the Union League Club.