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Its membership has included many of Chicago's most prominent businessmen, politicians, and families. In the mids, a social group formed in Chicago, Illinois that met on State Street. The group later met on the top floor of the old Portland Block on the southeast corner of Dearborn and Washington Streets. Known as the "Dearborn Club", members would meet in afternoons to drink and play cards.
Dickey, and dry goods merchant Philip Wworth. Although nothing was decided, a second meeting was scheduled, and there a resolution was passed to create a new club for Chicago citizens. Wworth was elected the first president. Smiththe railroad magnate, Potter Palmerand later Marshall Field. Isham drafted incorporation papers and Wworth delivered them to the state capitol of Springfield. The first meeting of the Chicago Club was held on May 1, The first clubhouse was destroyed by fire in the Great Chicago Fire ofso the club moved to Michigan Avenue for two years, and then to the Gregg House at Wabash Avenue.
In the club built its first permanent home on Monroe Street across from the Palmer House. Inthe club decided it needed larger quarters, and it purchased from the Art Institute of Chicago its former building on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Van Buren Street.
This building has been put up in and was deed by Burnham and Root to be the first home of the Institute, which moved across the street to its current location in This building remained the clubhouse until the s, when it collapsed during remodelling. To replace it, Granger and Bollenbacher deed an eight-story granite building in the Romanesque Revival stylewhich was completed in The Chicago Club's by-laws specifically forbid working members of the press from entering the building.
The one exception to this rule seems to have been in when a Chicago Tribune editor was able to obtain limited access. Indeed, few pedestrians passing by the eight-story red-granite clubhouse at Van Buren and Michigan even know what the place is. But they also have developed a sense of privacy that politely but firmly excludes: 1 The entire world, except for the club's 1, carefully selected members; 2 Until recently, women; and 3 Reporters and photographers. How do you get in?
Don't ask. How tough is it to ? In a word, very. Not only is there a long waiting list, but an applicant needs a sponsoring member, a seconder, lots of letters of support, and a good deal of patience. Most applicants test the waters first, so formal rejections are few. But not even the well-connected can breeze in Historians might argue that the Chicago Club no longer has the power it wielded in the days when its "millionaires' table" was the lunchtime gathering place of Marshall FieldGeorge PullmanN.
FairbankJohn Crerarand a half-dozen others, each worth millions in the days when that sum meant something. But a visitor, seated on a lobby sofa, and those who sweep in for lunch, could hardly disagree with the recent pecking-order manual, "Who Runs Chicago? It is mandatory for the city's biggest executives to it, unless they want to be considered not-so-big executives.
InG. William Domhoffprofessor of sociology at the University of Californiaran a network analysis study on the membership of think tanks, policy-planning groups, social clubs, trade associations, and opinion-shaping groups across the country for a research project he was doing on San Francisco's Bohemian Club.
The Bohemian Club turned out to be the 11th "most connected" organization in the country. Source: . United States historic place. Chicago Club. National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 15, Battle for Chicago.
Harcourt Brace and Company. Don't Ask" Chicago Tribune April 11, William Domhoff, "Social clubs, policy-planning grups, and corporations: A network study of ruling-class cohesiveness," The Insurgent Sociologist, Vo. List of U. District of Columbia Morocco.
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