"The City Club of Chicago, a who’s who of business people and political leaders and a required stop for most anyone who wants to win office around here..." -- New York Times

"[The] City Club is an amazing forum which harkens back to an era of public discourse. There is a dynamic in your gathering which the mightiest blogs cannot touch." -- Hon. Richard J. Durbin

The City Club of Chicago is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose members include prominent business, civic and government leaders in Chicago. The organization attracts those interested in civic responsibility, public issues, open political debate and networking opportunities. Founded in 1903, it is the longest-running civic forum in Chicago.

The mission of the City Club of Chicago is to provide a forum for the discussion of civic and public affairs in Chicago, the metropolitan area and the State of Illinois.

Our forums have included high-profile speakers such as:

  • U.S. President Barack Obama
  • U.S. Senator Richard Durbin
  • U.S. Senator Mark Kirk
  • Governor Pat Quinn
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley
  • U.S. Representative Geraldine Ferraro
  • U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan
  • Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
  • Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts
  • Capitol Fax Editor & Publisher Rich Miller
  • Chicago Blackhawks Chairman & Wirtz Corporation President Rocky Wirtz