INTRODUCTION
FOUNDATIONS
LEGACY
SUCCESS
People
             Commercial Club of Chicago

The Commercial Club was created in the late nineteenth century to promote economic development in and around Chicago. Club members often came from an elite group of wealthy Chicagoans that once included George Pullman and Marshall Field. Like other civic improvement clubs, the Commercial Club focused on a myriad of social reform issues and city planning. As a private social club, they distributed Burnham’s Plan of Chicago in 1909. The Commercial Club endorsed the creation of more city parks and playgrounds as well as the establishment of the Forest Preserve District.


title page of a Commercial Club document

Chicago Commercial Association. Anniversary Tribute of the Chicago Commercial Association, 1905, page 1. Call #HF296.C543 1905, UIC Library, Lawrence J. Gutter Collection of Chicagoana.

 

Organizations
PRESERVES
Bibliography
CHALLENGES
Documents
About this Exhibit