Union League Club of Chicago

Words/ David Brightling

Images/ The Union League Club of Chicago

While I am writing at a time when many of our reciprocal clubs are closed and none are accepting visitors (April 2020), the time will come (hopefully soon) when ACC Members can safely travel again and enjoy the benefits of our extensive network of reciprocal clubs.  Our newest club is one of my favorites.

The Union League Club of Chicago was founded in 1879 and, like other Union League Clubs in the US it traces its roots to the earlier Union League of America, which was founded during the Civil War to support Abraham Lincoln in his efforts to preserve the union.  Among its many facilities it has two restaurants, a gastro pub, a coffee shop, six floors of fitness facilities(!), conference rooms and banquet facilities – and 180 overnight guest rooms.  It is an impressive clubhouse, built in 1925, with a great ambiance and a spectacular library and art collection.

Beyond its exemplary facilities, it has one of the warmest, most welcoming memberships I have come across in my travels.  During my stay I made several friends who invited me to join them at the club for dinner and later took me out to enjoy a Chicago jazz club.  If your business or personal travels take you to Chicago, the Union League Club is a very welcoming “home away from home” in the windy city.


For more information, please click here to visit their website.