Illinois Bicentennial Celebration at the Union League Club of Chicago

Signature Event


Monday, April 30, 2018


Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois


4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Before Illinois became a state, it was known as the Illinois Territory; the word “Illinois” comes from the French word meaning Illini or Land of Illini, which in turn references an Algonquin word meaning “men” or “warriors.” In early 1818, the General Assembly of the Illinois Territory sent a petition to the United States Congress asking to be admitted into the Union, which occurred on December 3, 1818.

On Monday, April 30, the Union League Club of Chicago and Wintrust present a special afternoon program celebrating our state’s 200th birthday, reflecting upon its rich history, the path that led to statehood, and what the future holds.

The program will feature distinguished speakers: Alan Lowe, Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Dr. Samuel Wheeler, Illinois State Historian, former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar and ULCC member Alderman Edward Burke, Dean of the Chicago City Council. Our conversation will be moderated by legendary broadcast journalist Bill Kurtis.

The celebration opens with a reception at 4:30 p.m. where guests will enjoy food and refreshments, including samples of Illinois’ Official Bicentennial Beer – 1818 Prairie State Farmhouse Ale. The program begins promptly at 5:00 p.m. and will adjourn by 6:30 p.m.

Although this event is offered on a complimentary basis, advance registration is required and space is limited. Also, please note that the Union League Club of Chicago maintains a “business casual” dress code (i.e., no jeans/denim or athletic wear, please).

For more information, please call the Public Affairs office at 312.435.5946.

Cost of Admission: $Free Admission

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