8 Private Members-Only Clubs in Chicago You Must Join

Looking to make new friends or connections? Consider joining a social club with like-minded people! Whether you’re into the arts, education, business, or social events, check out these top private members-only clubs in Chicago.

Soho House

Located in an old belt factory, Soho House Chicago is a perfect spot for local artists, musicians, producers, and creatives in the Fulton Market District. Amenities include a rooftop pool, bar and outdoor fireplaces, a movie theater showing new releases, old classics and kids’ movies, a gym with a boxing ring, and plenty of space to work, dine, or relax. You’ll have to fill out an application to join and basic memberships start at $2,290.00 per year. 

The University Club

Nestled in the heart of downtown Chicago, the University Club boasts top-notch amenities including state-of-the-art athletic facilities, 59 beautifully appointed guest rooms, six unique dining venues, 13 private event spaces, and much more. In order to join the private club, you’ll need three letters of recommendation from current members as well as other requirements. 


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The Cliff Dwellers Club

Do you consider yourself a creative person? Join this private club to connect with people who are (or have been), actively engaged in painting, music, design, acting, architecture, writing, art education, and other related categories. Just a heads up, you will need a sponsor or co-sponsor to join this social club in Chicago. Not sure if it’s your thing? We recommend signing up for the $150 three-month trial membership!

Woman’s Athletic Club

Strong women support each other. That’s why in 1898, the Woman’s Athletic Club was the first women-old club created “by the ladies, for the ladies.” The WAC offers modern facilities for health and fitness, including a pool, gym, a full-service spa, elegant event rooms, as well as studio rooms for classes.

The Metropolitan Club

Calling all corporate executives! With stunning views of the city on the 66th and 67th floors of the Willis Tower, The Metropolitan Club is Chicago’s hub for professional networking, business amenities, and upscale dining. This private club hosts various types of events such as guest speakers and wine tasting to offering exceptional programming and social events. 

Midtown Chicago

If you love tennis, Midtown is the place to be. Originally established in 1970, Midtown is one of the world’s largest indoor tennis clubs with state-of-the-art fitness facilities. From group exercise and competitive tennis programs to a contemporary hotel with 55 rooms, there’s plenty to love at Midtown. Monthly costs range from $220 a person to $475 for family plan as well as a $500 initiation fee for each membership.

The Arts Club of Chicago

Hey artists! Come mingle with other people like you. For over 100 years, The Arts Club has brought together artists and patrons of the arts. The AC offers a permanent collection including work by many modern and contemporary masters, around three and four public exhibitions per year, and extensive programming for members and guests. 

Union League Club

The ULCC is a private club in Chicago where members can network and learn, work and workout, grab a quick bite or dine in luxury, meet new people and catch up with old friends. Membership in the ULCC means exclusive access to activities, events and facilities to make the most of life. This social club offers amenities such as restaurants, a gastro pub, a coffee shop, large event spaces, fitness facilities, conference rooms, a library, remote workspaces, and 180 overnight guest rooms.

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