Founded in 1877, we have helped mold Chicago into one of the world’s greatest cities

From Wacker Drive to Grant Park to the Museum of Science and Industry, The Commercial Club of Chicago and its affiliate organizations have played a role in shaping Chicago.

We are a membership organization of senior leaders.  We come from the business, education, cultural and philanthropic realms.  We believe in cooperation and an open exchange of ideas.

If an issue is critical to Chicago, it’s important to us.  That includes economic, development and social issues.  We hold luncheons nine months out of the year which draw in leaders from business, government and the civic arena both locally and nationally to discuss key news of the day.

In addition to its luncheon series, much of the Commercial Club’s activities occur through its affiliated organizations:

  • The Civic Committee drives change in state finance, education and transportation.
  • The Civic Consulting Alliance builds pro bono teams of business experts, government leaders and its own professional staff to work on transformative public sector challenges, such as improving schools, reducing crime, improving health care and making our region more affordable and globally competitive.
  • New Schools for Chicago champions school choice.
  • Veterans Employment Initiative helps organizations be veteran-friendly employers who implement best practices in veteran recruitment, hiring and retention.