Union League Club of Chicago

Union League Club of Chicago Location 65 W. Jackson Blvd Chicago, IL 60604 Established in 1879 to uphold the sacred obligations of citizenship, to promote honesty and efficiency in government, and to support cultural institutions and the beautification of the city, the Club has been a contributing partner in the growth and development of Chicago.
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Through the efforts of its membership, the Club is a catalyst for action in the political, economic and social arenas—focusing its leadership and resources on important social issues. This commitment to community is seen in many ways. As early as 1893, Chicago gained recognition as a world-class city when it hosted the World Columbian Exposition. Club members were instrumental in having Chicago named as the site for the Exposition by the United States Congress. In the 1990s, the Club celebrated its role in the opening of the Harold Washington Library Center—the largest circulating library in the world and the largest municipal building in North America. Every decade between the 1890s and 2000 has seen accomplishments of this magnitude. In addition to our Club's motto, "commitment to country and community," our 24-story clubhouse provides a haven for its members and their guests. Located in the heart of Chicago's downtown financial district, it is a place to meet, socialize, and enjoy fine food and impeccable service. The clubhouse is composed of guestrooms and suites, conference rooms, ballrooms, formal and informal dining rooms and lounges, a library, state-of-the-art health and fitness center, and a swimming pool. The Club has also amassed one of the nation's largest privately held art collections, containing paintings, sculpture and antiques. Special activities and exclusive cultural events are planned for members to meet, socialize and be entertained, enriched and informed. Theater outings, chamber music concerts and travel opportunities are just some of the activities members enjoy. Through participation in special interest groups, members may enhance their knowledge on topics of interest, hone their professional skills, enjoy their favorite hobbies and develop new interests. Interested in joining more ULCC activity groups on Facebook? Find them at: facebook.com/ulccauthorsgroup facebook.com/ulcccivilwarroundtable facebook.com/ulccentrepreneurgroup facebook.com/ulccfieldandstream facebook.com/ulccscotchwhisky facebook.com/ulccwomensroundtable facebook.com/ulccyoungermembers facebook.com/ulccwinegroup facebook.com/ulccphotographygroup

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Make Grinchmas snacks with Chef Ponzio on Tuesday, December 22 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy creating Grinch Rice Krispies Treat Po...
12/17/2020

Make Grinchmas snacks with Chef Ponzio on Tuesday, December 22 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy creating Grinch Rice Krispies Treat Pops, Grinch Head Oreo Pops and Garlic in Your Soul "Dog Bones”!

Afterwards, Mrs. Claus will be joining us to read "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".

The price is $20 per child plus sales tax which includes: Grinchmas Snacks Kit • Reindeer Antlers • Light up Christmas Bulb Necklace

Make Grinchmas snacks with Chef Ponzio Tuesday, December 22 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy creating Grinch Rice Krispies Treat Pops, Grinch Head Oreo Pops and Garlic in Your Soul "Dog Bones”!

’Tis the season for holiday cheer, so let your Club help out this year. No need to fret over a family feast, just sit ba...
12/17/2020

’Tis the season for holiday cheer, so let your Club help out this year. No need to fret over a family feast, just sit back and stay warm in your winter fleece. Chef Ponzio and his team have created tremendous selections, so choose your package, we know it will be perfection.

The ULCC is offering meal packages for the holiday season. Whether you are looking for an individual package or one to feed the whole family, the Club has you covered.

Visit the Club's website to place your order today!

Join us for a magical evening aboard our virtual Polar Express! Our journey begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Holiday Sweets De...
12/16/2020

Join us for a magical evening aboard our virtual Polar Express! Our journey begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Holiday Sweets Decorating class with Chef Ponzio. Decorate reindeer cupcakes and create candy cane hot chocolate dippers.

Of course, no trip aboard the Polar Express is complete without hot chocolate. Chef Ponzio has created a kit that includes a hot chocolate bomb, homemade marshmallow, candy canes, and chocolate chip cookie.

Then join Steve the Magic Conductor aboard the dining car, a place where anything is possible as long as you believe in magic. You will help make the magic happen as you become a Junior Train Engineer and see cookies vanish, build a snowman, and a finale that has to be seen to be believed.

Our journey ends with the reading of this beloved holiday classic by ULCC Librarian Cheryl Ziegler.

The price is $35 per child plus sales tax which includes: Holiday Sweets Decorating Kit • Hot Chocolate Kit • Golden ticket to board our Polar Express • Silver Bell Believe Ornament • Train Engineer Hat

Visit the ULCC Calendar for reservations and the Zoom link.

Put on your ugliest holiday sweater and join us Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m. for our interactive cocktail party! J...
12/12/2020

Put on your ugliest holiday sweater and join us Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m. for our interactive cocktail party! Jack Daniel's brand ambassador will be instructing guests on how to create three delicious winter cocktails. You will learn how to create a Toasted Stave Old-Fashioned, Apple of My Rye and Basil Pomegranate Smash.

Once we have cocktails in hand, the fun will start! We will be hosting an ugly sweater showcase, trivia, and other fun games!

The price for the virtual option is $60 per household plus sales tax which includes the three cocktail kits.

Reservations are required by Tuesday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m. All reservations are final. Visit the Club's calendar to make your reservation today!

Give the gift of wine this holiday season! Your Club has an amazing selection of wines at a tremendous savings. Far Nien...
12/11/2020

Give the gift of wine this holiday season! Your Club has an amazing selection of wines at a tremendous savings. Far Niente, Jordan, and Duckhorn Vineyards are just a few of the wineries featured in the sale.

Orders must be submitted by Wednesday, December 16 at noon.

Visit the Club's website to place your order today!

We want your vote! There is one more scoring category for the ULCC Chopped Competition – Food Photograph. Please vote fo...
12/11/2020

We want your vote! There is one more scoring category for the ULCC Chopped Competition – Food Photograph. Please vote for the most mouth-watering photo by Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. The winner will be announced in Tuesday’s E.Line.

To vote, comment on this post with the number of the photo you like best.

Wishing your family peace and light this Hanukkah! Join us in celebration and education with Rabbi Nancy Landsman on Tue...
12/10/2020

Wishing your family peace and light this Hanukkah! Join us in celebration and education with Rabbi Nancy Landsman on Tuesday, December 15 at 4:00 p.m.

Whether it is a Jewish holiday, prayer or passage from the Bible, participants will enjoy learning, singing and sharing their personal stories in the participatory and uplifting programs offered by Rabbi-Cantor Nancy Landsman. The program will feature the holiday of Hanukkah and its major themes.

The program will take place at 4:00 p.m. The price is $15 per household.

Chef Ponzio has created a "to go" dinner menu to enjoy following the program for $110 plus sales tax which serves two people and features a Roasted Beet, Feta & Arugula Salad, Red Wine Braised Beef Short Rib, Potato Latkes, Cinnamon Apple Cider Cake and more.

Visit the ULCC Calendar for reservations and the Zoom link.

12/10/2020
ULCC Chopped Competition

Watch as our competitors take on the ULCC Chopped Challenge! Chef Michael Ponzio challenges Members Lisa Shade, Edward Cooper and Emily Moreno to create the most creative meal possible in just 45 minutes with seven mystery ingredients! Make sure you vote on the best food photo post event!

Take part in this beloved tradition from home! Join us virtuallly Saturday, December 12 at 11:00 a.m. BBC Hollydays will...
12/05/2020

Take part in this beloved tradition from home! Join us virtuallly Saturday, December 12 at 11:00 a.m. BBC Hollydays will share tips and ideas for candy creations and decorating houses. After the demonstration, we will place attendees into breakout rooms to decorate their houses and socialize with fellow crafters.

The price is $40 per Gingerbread House Kit (the houses will be pre-assembled, frosting and candies will be included for decorating). For members who live within 5 miles of the Club, we are able to deliver your Kit for an additional fee of $15. Dates and times for pickup and delivery are outlined on the website.

Gingerbread House Competition! Send a photo of your completed gingerbread house to [email protected] by Monday, December 14 at noon (details about submission requirements are outlined on the website). Then join us on Facebook Live on Wednesday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m. Chef Ponzio will share the photos and announce the winners! Winning entries will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate.

Visit the ULCC Calendar for more information and to make your reservation!

Please join us virtually Thursday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. as we taste Herradura Tequila together with a tequila expert...
12/04/2020

Please join us virtually Thursday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. as we taste Herradura Tequila together with a tequila expert! During the event, we will be tasting the Silver Tequila, Reposado Tequila, and Ultra Anejo Tequila. Learn to make the perfect Horseshoe Margarita after the tasting and enjoy during a Q&A session!

The price is $50 per household plus sales tax for the three bottles of tequila. This price represents an incredible value for ULC members. The combined retail value if you were to purchase these three bottles at Binny's is $70.

A "to-go" small bites tasting menu to complement the tequila is available for $25 plus sales tax which serves two people and includes: Shrimp Ceviche • Blanco | Smoked Pork Carnitas • Reposado | Dark Chocolate Dipped S'mores • Anejo

Reservations need to be placed by Wednesday, December 9 at 12:00 p.m. Visit the Club's website to make your reservation today!

Celebrate the beauty and joy of the season with an evening filled with the sound of holiday music, champagne, gourmet fo...
12/03/2020

Celebrate the beauty and joy of the season with an evening filled with the sound of holiday music, champagne, gourmet food, and fellowship all from the comfort of your home.

This festive evening takes place Friday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. and will feature performances by Holiday Carolers and a Jazz Trio performing standards and holiday favorites. Throughout the evening, attendees will break out into their virtual tables to socialize with fellow attendees.

The price is $200 per couple plus sales tax which includes one bottle of Taittinger, Champagne Brut La Francaise, one bottle of Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, a four-course dinner featuring Beef Wellington, and Amaretto Cheesecake.

Visit the ULCC Calendar to make your reservations today!

Do you live within 5 miles of the Club?Why not have your market order or chef prepared meal delivered to you?During this...
12/01/2020

Do you live within 5 miles of the Club?

Why not have your market order or chef prepared meal delivered to you?

During this phase of mitigation we are delivering Market Orders and Chef Prepared Meals Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for an additional $15 delivery fee. Orders must be placed by 8:00 p.m. the day prior.

Visit www.ulcc.org to place you order or call 312.427.7800 for same-day delivery!

“We may be in the End Times. It’s serious business,” declares one of the characters in acclaimed fiction writer Charles ...
11/30/2020

“We may be in the End Times. It’s serious business,” declares one of the characters in acclaimed fiction writer Charles Baxter’s new novel, "The Sun Collective", a gripping exploration of utopian impulses and apocalyptic fevers. Those same themes are central to Miles Harvey’s noted work of nonfiction, "The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch."

The two books establish that hopes for the future, and the means to achieve them, have not changed that much in our recent history, especially when charismatic leaders are involved.

Please join us Wednesday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. for this lively—and timely—conversation, with a pair of insightful writers discussing America’s ongoing fascination with extremism, violence, and cults.

Visit the ULCC Calendar for reservations and the Zoom link.

Your ULCC Family is thankful for you!We hope you have a safe and spectacular Thanksgiving!
11/26/2020

Your ULCC Family is thankful for you!
We hope you have a safe and spectacular Thanksgiving!

Art Alert! Black Friday Discount!Support local artists and give the gift of art this holiday season! Your Club is offeri...
11/24/2020

Art Alert! Black Friday Discount!

Support local artists and give the gift of art this holiday season! Your Club is offering a discount on specially featured Third Floor Gallery Artist Sarvin Haghighi's artwork. Take advantage of 20% discount off large works and a 10% off small works.

Haghini’s “Love in any Language. Persian Harmony in Painting, Calligraphy, & Poetry” is currently installed in the Third Floor Gallery at the ULCC and can be viewed virtually (https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/2522099/love-in-any-language-persian-harmony-in-painting-poetry-calligraphy).

This sale is valid from now through midnight on November 27. Reserve your favorite NOW by contacting Dr. Sally Metzler, Director of the Art collection at [email protected].

Featured artwork: Another Birth, 20" x 20"; My unlimited limit, 30" x 30”

On October 8-10, 2020, Chicago recognized and marked the 150th Anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. We hope to commemo...
11/23/2020

On October 8-10, 2020, Chicago recognized and marked the 150th Anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. We hope to commemorate this historic event and recognize the fire’s 150th anniversary with a virtual presentation by Author & Professor of History, Emeritus, at Northwestern University, Carl Smith on Tuesday, November 24 at 12:00 p.m. He offers a compelling narrative, and at last, gives this epic event its full and proper place in our national chronicle.

Visit the ULCC Calendar for reservations and the Zoom link.

We all know Thanksgiving is going to look a little different this year, so why not let your Club do the cooking for you?...
11/19/2020

We all know Thanksgiving is going to look a little different this year, so why not let your Club do the cooking for you? With Thanksgiving To-Go, you and your family can enjoy the annual ULCC holiday favorites in the comfort of your home. The package includes all of the traditional items and a la carte options are also available to create the perfect, festive feast. Half-orders are now available as well!

Orders must be placed by 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 22. Visit the ULCC website to place your order before time runs out!

Due to the new restrictions announced by Governor Pritzker yesterday, the Club must scale back some of its in-person ser...
11/19/2020

Due to the new restrictions announced by Governor Pritzker yesterday, the Club must scale back some of its in-person services. The Club's services have temporarily been updated to the following:

WHAT IS OPEN

DINING (To-go and Delivery Only)

Cafe ONE Hours: Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Carvery Breakfast Hours: Monday through Saturday from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Carvery Lunch and Dinner Hours: Available Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. *Limited menu on Saturday.

GOOD NEWS: Delivery is now available for the Market (within 5 miles of the Club) and pick up remains available.

Please note that Chef Prepared Meals change weekly and can be ordered three different ways: Walk up to the Carvery/Pick up Curbside, Call for Delivery or Order through the Market.

ATHLETICS
Athletics & Fitness facilities remain available by appointment only (including bookings for equipment usage). For appointments, log on to the app, the website or contact [email protected] or 312.435.5005. Locker Rooms are now closed, but showers will be available on the 17th floor in the guest rooms. Masks are required throughout the clubhouse including Athletics.

SPA SERVICES
Barbershop and Nail Services remain available by appointment only.
Massage reservations now require a doctor's note in order to make an appointment.

WORKING SPACES
Presidents Hall, the Library, Business Information Center and ULCC Premium Offices remain open and available for members' use.

GUEST ROOMS
Book a guest room and have dinner delivered to you and your family. For reservations, email [email protected].

THE ULCC COMMUNITY
Through virtual programming and experiences, the ULCC community will remain open and active. Please watch E.Line for upcoming programming and experiences to stay connected with your fellow members, friends and ULCC family.

WHAT IS NOT AVAILABLE
In-person events/Meeting Rooms
Wigwam
Room service
Locker rooms (showers available on the 17th floor in the guest rooms), steam, sauna and hot and cold plunge tubs
Nap rooms
Basketball court
Poolside dining

We remain committed to not only making it through this pandemic, but continuing to provide you with a community, premium services and unique experiences that cannot be found elsewhere. We will continue to adjust as necessary and look forward to the future when we can welcome you all back into the clubhouse.

Wine week continues! Whether you're looking to expand your personal cellar or just looking for some really good wine to ...
11/18/2020

Wine week continues! Whether you're looking to expand your personal cellar or just looking for some really good wine to enjoy during quarantine, your Club has an amazing selection of wines at a tremendous savings! Featured wines come from Far Niente, The Prisoner Wine Company, Orin Swift Cellars, and Sonoma-Cutrer.

Visit the Club's website to place your order today!

It’s wine week at your Club! Please join us for a Prisoner wine tasting Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. We will be o...
11/17/2020

It’s wine week at your Club! Please join us for a Prisoner wine tasting Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. We will be offering both in-person and virtual attendance options for this event. Featured wines being tasted include 2019 Prisoner, 2018 Saldo Zinfandel, and 2018 Cutting Cabernet Sauvignon (please note that vintages are subject to change).

The price for the virtual option is $105 per household plus sales tax which includes the three bottles of wine (great savings on wines with a combined value of $135 if purchased elsewhere!). A charcuterie tray is available to order for $15 plus sale tax and serves two people. The price for the in-person option is $35 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Visit the ULCC Calendar to make your reservations today!

Please join Chef Michael Ponzio for a four-course dinner paired with Far Niente Wines Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. ...
11/16/2020

Please join Chef Michael Ponzio for a four-course dinner paired with Far Niente Wines Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. Virtual and In-Person Options are both available. Featured wines include 2018 Far Niente Chardonnay, 2018 En Route Pinot Noir, 2018 Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Cabernet, and 2018 Far Niente Napa Cabernet (please note vintages are subject to change).

The price is $140 per household plus sales tax for the four bottles of wine. This price represents an incredible value for ULC members (the combined retail value if you were to purchase these four wines at Binny's is $331)!

The "to go" four-course dinner menu to complement the wines is available for an additional $140 plus sales tax which serves two people and includes: First Course: Buffalo Mozzarella, Grapes, Mushrooms, Hazelnuts | Second Course: Balsamic Braised Oxtail, Sweet Potato Puree | Entrée: Herb Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, Fall Squash | Dessert: Classic Cheesecake, Cinnamon Glazed Pears

Visit the ULCC Calendar to make your reservations today!

Until now, most works on the history of African Americans in advertising have focused on the depiction of blacks in adve...
11/12/2020

Until now, most works on the history of African Americans in advertising have focused on the depiction of blacks in advertisements. As the first comprehensive examination of African American participation in the industry, “Madison Avenue and the Color Line” breaks new ground by examining the history of black advertising employees and agency owners.

Join us this evening at 6:00 p.m. for a conversation with the author Dr. Jason P. Chambers, Associate Professor of Advertising at UIC College of Media, and Dr. Judy Foster Davis, a Professor of Marketing at Eastern Michigan University.

Visit the ULCC Calendar for reservations and the Zoom link.

Thinking of hosting a socially distant event or hybrid event? At the ULCC, our top priority is keeping our members and g...
11/11/2020

Thinking of hosting a socially distant event or hybrid event? At the ULCC, our top priority is keeping our members and guests safe while creating an extraordinary experience. Let us host your next meeting! Contact us at [email protected] for more information. #meeting #events #sociallydistant #corporateevents

Dance your cares away at your Club on Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m.WERQ is a super fun cardio workout based on zero...
11/11/2020

Dance your cares away at your Club on Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m.

WERQ is a super fun cardio workout based on zero judgment and good vibes! WERQ playlists are composed of today’s hottest Pop music. Choreography features repetitive 8 counts that inspire you to bust a move and break a sweat. Whether you already have a dance background or think you have 2 left feet, WERQ Dance fitness is for everybody and every BODY! There are no mistakes in WERQ-only freestyle solos! After you push yourself, the Athletics department will reward you with one of our signature glasses of wine to unwind after WERQ!

For more information or to register contact the Athletics Department at [email protected].

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Thanksgiving 1907
Union League Club of Chicago needs to publicly support the integrity of the 2020 election results. Otherwise, the UNION League club has no connection with its historical roots. ULCC make a statement for supporting the legitimate 2020 election results.
Looking forward to our Virtual Gala tonight for the Boys ans Girls Club #boysandgirlsclubofamerica
I just found these in my Grandfather's belongings & wanted to share this piece of your history!!!
My open letter to the philanthropic community of Chicago as a black founder and leader of a non-profit organization.
Skewer dinner tonight. Awsome. Thanks Chef Ponzio
Another great workout with Willie this morning. Thank you!
Corned beef hash. So good. #breakfastfordinner. #neverpoachedaneggbefore
Had a lovely lunch with some wonderful ladies via Zoom today. It was so nice to meet you.
Easter to Go dinner. Baked Ham, Scalloped Poatoes, buttered parsley carrots, rum raisin sauce. Thank you Chef Ponzio.
I want to thank Willie Berlanga. He has developed a home work out for me. Can’t thank him enough. Miss his great personality in person and our weekly visits but so appreciate all he is doing. That is why the Union League Club of Chicago is so great!
At the awesome Monet exhibition at the Denver Art Museum... and so delighted to see the Union League Club’s “Apple Blossoms in Bloom” on loan as part of the exhibition!