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Chicago Club Records

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Chicago Club

Scope and Content of the Collection

Collection contains menus for the New Year’s Day Luncheon from 1959 to 1984, accompanying membership and event notes, an itinerary for the 1972 event, and a song booklet.


  • Creation: 1959-1984



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Chicago Club Records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Chicago Club Records are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

History of the Chicago Club

The Chicago Club is a private social club founded in 1869 under its first president, Ezra Butler McCagg. The headquarters of the club stands at the corner of Van Buren Street and Michigan Avenue and functions as the meeting place for the club, a hotel, and a restaurant. The Club is notoriously private and has only permitted a member of the press to enter the premises once, in 1982. Although the Club has lost some of the prestige that it once held, the membership application process remains strict, requiring several members to vouch for an applicant, a waiting period, letters of recommendation, and a fee.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)


The Chicago Club is a private social club headquartered at the corner of Van Buren Street and Michigan Avenue. Established in 1869, the Club has had many high-profile members over the years including Marshall Field and George Pullman. Historically, the most prominent members are the Chicago Club were executives of the city's most successful corporations. Collection contains menus for the traditional Chicago Club New Year’s Day Luncheon, from 1959 to 1984. Additionally, there are several notes and an itinerary prepared for these events and a booklet of Chicago Club songs.


Materials arranged alphabetically.

Collection Stack Location

1 10 4


Provenance unknown.

Processed by

Emma Martin, 2011.


Inventory of the Chicago Club Records, 1959-1984
Emma Martin
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States