Literature & Arts

The University Club – founded to promote literature and arts through the establishment of a library, gallery and art collection – looks to the most American of cities as its muse.

Embodying Chicago's can-do spirit, the Club has significantly impacted the city's cultural landscape since its establishment in 1887.

From Fredrick Clay Bartlett's transformative donation of post-impressionist and modern art to the Art Institute of Chicago, to the decision to build the Club's now notable collection of postwar existentialist art, the University Club has taken inspiration from urban designer Daniel Burnham's exhortation to "make no little plans" for the future of Chicago.

As it moves into its 14th decade, the Club looks to continue to build a museum-quality art collection and offer a world-class cultural program – including artist studio visits, private exhibition tours and commissioned – that will inspire its members and pay homage to Chicago.

Please contact George William Price, director of collections, at to inquire about the collection.

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