Experience Luxe Living Beyond Chicago Real Estate—The City’s Private Clubs

A Chicago lifestyle has much to offer by the way of first-class entertainment, exceptional dining and superior Chicago homes and condos. But if you’re looking to take it up a notch, Chicago private clubs offer the best of the best for amenities and associations. In fact, the Union League Club of Chicago was named the No. 1 private city club in the United States in 2009 by the Club Leaders Forum.
If you’re looking at Chicago real estate from another part of the U.S. or even another country, private clubs are a great way to network quickly when purchasing a Chicago home or Chicago condo.
Between accommodations and amenities, the luxury offered here measures well up to Paris, London or Tokyo, but at a fraction of the cost. Plus, Chicago is a hub for travelers. If you’re a frequent flier in a new Chicago home, business-or-pleasure jet-setting to Asia, the east and west coasts and most parts of the world is made simple with direct flights.
When you move into your new Chicago home or Chicago condo, consider that the city offers clubs for everyone from CEOs and executives to adventure buffs to high-end jocks and the art-appreciative. Here are the many options Chicago has to offer:
Business Clubs
Commercial Club of Chicago
21 S. Clark St. | (312) 853-1200
Best for: Senior business, professional, educational and cultural leaders who want to promote the social and economic vitality of Chicago.
Economic Club of Chicago
177 N. State St., Suite 303 | (312) 726-1628
Best for: Those interested in influencing public opinion on economic and social issues.
Chicago Farmers Club
27 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 626 | (312) 726-4030
Best for: Those passionate and invested in agribusiness.
City Club of Chicago
360 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 903 | (312) 565-6500
Best for: Prominient leaders with a drive to debate public issues in a nonpartisan forum.
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
1 IBM Plaza | 330 N. Wabash, Suite 2800 | (312) 494-6700
Best for: Business-minded leaders engaged in creating a commerce-friendly Chicago.
Rotary Club of Chicago
12 S. Michigan Ave. | (312) 372-3900
Best for: The over-30 crowd ready to give back through volunteer service.
Executives’ Club of Chicago
8 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 250 | (312) 263-3500
Best for: Those part of Chicago’s business community driven to share experiences, discuss issues and promote Chicago business.
Dining Clubs
Chicago Club
81 E. Van Buren St. | (312) 427-1825
Best for: Chicago elite looking to take advantage of Chicago’s most exclusive club with high-end amenities.
Cliff Dwellers
12 S. Michigan Ave. | (312) 922-8080
Best for: Those who participate in or support fine and performing arts.
Standard Club
320 S. Plymouth Court | (312) 427-9100
Best for: Prestigious Chicago leaders looking for top dining and athletic amenities and accommodations.
Mid-America Club
200 E. Randolph Drive, 80th floor | (312) 861-1100
Best for: Chicago residents looking for gourmet cuisine, spectacular city views and stunning rooms.
Union League Club of Chicago
65 W. Jackson Blvd. | (312) 427-7800
Best for: Civic and charitable leaders who want access to athletic facilities, exclusive dining and the club’s 750-piece art collection.
Adventurers Club
555 N. Franklin St. | (312) 822-0991
Best for: Those looking for exclusivity in an adventurous lifestyle, including (but certainly not limited to) racing, mountaineering, base jumping, space exploration and sailboating.
Tavern Club
333 N. Michigan Ave. | (312) 263-1166
Best for: Anyone from business people to artists to government workers, as The Tavern Club values its eclectic clientele and offers spirited fine dining.
Metropolitan Club
Sears Tower, 67th floor | 233 S. Wacker Drive | (312) 876-3200
Best for: Distinguished business leaders looking for elegant dining and personal service.
University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe St. | (312) 696-2236
Best for: Accredited university graduates interested in exclusive dining, gym and guest accommodations and special-interest societies.
Health Clubs
Buckingham Athletic Club
1 Financial Place | 440 S. LaSalle St. | (312) 663-8900
Best for: Those in search all all-around well-being, as the club offers extensive workout equipment, a driving range, pool and hotel.
East Bank Club
500 N. Kingsbury St. | (312) 527-5800
Best for: Body-and-spirit enthusiasts wanting everything from sports and fitness to physical therapy to salon and spa services.
To learn more about all the things the Chicago real estate market has to offer, please contact agent Sheldon Salnick at (312) 498-5080 or ssalnick@dreamtown.com.
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