Commercial Club members are leaders in business, education, culture, and philanthropy from throughout the Chicago region.

For more than 140 years, the Civic Committee and the Commercial Club of Chicago together have helped shape this City. From the Burnham Plan, to the O’Hare Modernization Program, to education reform, our members have been deeply involved in major initiatives that have influenced Chicago’s history and development. Our commitment to making our region a better place for everyone to live, work, and do business has been rewarded by the achievements of our great City. We’re proud of the role we play, and humbled by Chicago’s greatness.

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Jennifer F. Scanlon, Chair

President and Chief Executive Officer, UL

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E. Scott Santi, Vice Chair

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ITW

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Kelly R. Welsh, President

Commercial Club of Chicago

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    “Whether Chicago is the city with broad shoulders or that makes no little plans, the Commercial Club epitomizes the energy, ambition and collaboration that make Chicago great. Bringing together business and nonprofit leaders to listen, learn and act on the best ideas from all sectors of our communities, the Commercial Club engages civic leadership to ensure Chicago remains a word class city.”

    Jennifer Steans
    President and Chief Executive Officer | Financial Investments Corporation ("FIC")

    Member Since 2014

    Jennifer W. Steans is the President and CEO of Financial Investments Corporation ("FIC"), where she oversees private equity investments and the Steans family office operations.  Prior to founding FIC in 1994, Ms. Steans served as Treasurer of Prime Graphics, Inc. and as a Senior Consultant, and then as a manager, for the Management Consulting arm of Deloitte & Touche, primarily in the finance and health care industries. Ms. Steans’ business affiliations include serving as a Director of Valley National Bank, as well as past Chair of the Board of Directors of USAmeribancorp, Inc., a privately held Tampa Bay area middle market bank. Ms. Steans currently serves on the Advisory Boards for 5th Century Partners, Kellogg Center for Family Enterprises, Kellogg Women’s Leadership Council, Massey & Gail, Nine Four Ventures, Phoenix Pact, Prairie Capital, Siena Capital Partners, and Vital Care.

Membership Requirements

Election to membership is for business and civic leaders of the Chicago metropolitan area who shall be deemed qualified by reason of their reputation, position in their business or profession, and service in the public interest, and who shall have demonstrated a strong and continuing personal commitment to the Club’s goals of promoting the social and economic vitality of the metropolitan area of Chicago.


Maureen Sheerin
Director of Membership and Events


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