Beginning with the 2016-2017 season, The Club’s 13 special interest and industry specific committees are now known as forums.

Serving on a Club forum is a benefit of membership - it represents the most valuable peer to peer experience and is one of the best ways to leverage Club membership. Club members are able to serve on two forums concurrently.

Each of The Club’s forums are led by co-chairs representing Chicago’s who’s who in industry leadership. Forum activities and events provide expanded opportunities for strategic relationship development, intellectual exchange and enhanced connections with Chicago’s business leaders. Forum activities include annual general meetings and other events designed and hosted by members.

  • Civic Affairs
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Beverage
  • Health and Wellness
  • Innovation
  • International Business
  • Legal
  • Marketing, Communications and Sales
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate
  • Talent Development
  • Business Technology
Also, active members of The Club who want to help us serve and grow our membership community are invited to join our Membership Committee. The Club’s Membership Committee acts as official hosts for members and guests at Club programs and events.

For more information about Club Forums, please contact Emily Meisenzahl at or (312) 263-3500.
Civic Affairs Forum
Kary McIlwain, Vice President, Marketing, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

This forum addresses topics at the intersection of business and civic responsibility. The membership is diverse, with representation from higher education, consulting and corporate foundations, etc. Topics of interest within this group include education and workforce development, civic and corporate social responsibility, as well as entrepreneurship and its impact on business. This forum also supports The Club's Annual Awards recognitions by participating in the judging process for the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award.