About - City Club of Chicago


"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

City Club Of Chicago Advances Open Discussion Of Public Policy And Strengthens The Region By Convening Civic-Minded Individuals In The Public, Private And Nonprofit Sectors.    

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.

Our forums have included high-profile speakers such as:

  • U.S. President Barack Obama
  • U.S. President Donald Trump
  • U.S. Vice President Michael Pence
  • U.S. Senator Richard Durbin
  • U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
  • Governor J.B. Pritzker 
  • Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
  • U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy
  • Illinois Speaker of the House Emanuel "Chris" Welch
  • Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts
  • Chicago Blackhawks Chairman & Wirtz Corporation President Rocky Wirtz