Founded in 1879, the Union League Club Chicago traces its roots to the Union League Club of America, which aimed to preserve the Union during the perilous Civil War epoch. Today it promotes civic, cultural, and philanthropic ideals through robust programming and outreach.
Paintings, sculpture, and photography form the nucleus of the art collection. French and American Impressionism, The Hairy Who, and the Chicago Imagists represent only a few of the stylistic movements. Highlights feature "Apple Trees in Blossom" by Claude Monet, "Emma" by George Bellows; "Blooming Leftovers" by Angel Otero; "Land of Mañana" by Walter Ufer; and "Sidearm" by Richard Hunt. Women artists are particularly strong, among them Elizabeth Nourse, Mary Fairchild MacMonnies Low; Evelyn Longman, Fritzi Brod, Jessie Arms Botke; Ida Josephine Burgess; Anna Lou Matthews; Gertrude Abercrombie, and Miyoko Ito. Each work of art is illustrated in color and enhanced by a seminal yet concise discussion of the artwork and artist that will delight scholars and art lovers alike.