The University Club of Chicago, one of the nation’s finest private clubs which was founded more than a century ago, exists to broaden opportunities in the business world, and to nurture and sustain social successes. Established in 1887, the Club was founded for the purpose of fostering an appreciation of literature and the arts. College or university graduation remains the basic requirement for membership, and within the membership nearly every business and profession is represented. In addition to professional and social opportunities, the Club also offers unparalleled food and beverage offerings, a bevy of cultural programs, and well-appointed accommodations for members and guests.
I recently visited the Club in order to tour the facilities and learn more about its dining program. James Beard nominee Mark Baker has served as Executive Chef of the Club since 2002, after nearly 23 years with the Four Seasons Hotel Group. During his time at the Club, Baker has brought his sensible, distinct style of cooking to each area, blending the history and tradition that make it such a unique place. And, the food at the Club is one of the reasons why I selected it to be my wedding venue in 2012!
The Club offers various dining options, depending on the time of day and year. During my visit, I dined on the patio of the Gallery, which is open from May through September, and boasts one of the finest views of Millennium Park and Chicago’s lakefront. The Gallery is open for lunch, dinner and cocktails, and focuses on local produce, seasonal ingredients, and a tapas-inspired menu of shareable plates.
During colder months, Cathedral Hall is available for fine dining during dinner hours; College Hall offers self-service lunch dining; and the Front Grill offers a full service grill menu seven days a week, for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. And, rumor has it that the Club is currently building out an 8th floor rooftop deck that is slated to open late summer, 2017, and will be available to members only for food and drinks.
Built in 1908, the Club recently underwent a full renovation of its guest rooms, featuring Restoration Hardware bedding and Molton Brown bath amenities. Additionally, the Club offers a wide range of special events and activities, as well as several special interest groups, which foster both business and personal relationships with other members.
The Club is also well-known for its squash program, and courts, leagues and lessons are all available, in addition to a full service Pro Shop. Additionally, a strength training center, cardio center, golf center and aquatics center are all available in the Club.
For those interested in membership at the University Club of Chicago, initiation fees are currently being waived. To learn more about membership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 696-2226.
76 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603
While I received a complimentary meal in order to facilitate this post, all opinions expressed herein are my own.