Saturday, April 13, 2024


Welcome to the Illinois State Historical Sociey's online store. Over the years the Society has accumulated many books and since it is neither a research center nor a lending library, we have created this Store to make these books available for purchase. Most are single title items in like new condition. In addition to books, we are also offering for sale back issues of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society and Illinois Heritage, art work, and stationery. All proceeds from these sales will be used to support the Illinois State Historical Society.

*Most of the books for sale are new or very gently used and in extremely good condition.  If you have any specific questions, please feel free to call the office at 217-525-2781, Ext. 1.

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For Members Only: A History and Guide to Chicago's Oldest Private Clubs
For Members Only: A History and Guide to Chicago's Oldest Private Clubs

Providing an opportunity to see how the business, nonprofit, and political leaders of Chicago shaped the city for more than 140 years behind closed doors, this book consolidates the histories of current and former private social clubs in words, pictures, and first-person commentary. Chicago would be a very different place without the contributions made by the members of the city’s landmark clubs—which have been oases for the rich and privileged, playgrounds for the social set, and private watering holes for the city’s movers and shakers—and this resource discusses how clubs once restricted by race, sex, and birthright, enclaves that flourished in the days of Marshall Field and Louis Sullivan, have adapted to a modern society. With chapters devoted to the city’s top clubs and a guide to current membership requirements, readers explore the past, present, and future of these elite communities.


Publisher: Lake Claremont Press, 2008


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