Named one of the top Think Tanks to Watch worldwide in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

University of Pennsylvania "Global Go To Think Tank Index"

As a member, you’ll enjoy reduced event admission rates, members-only access, discounts to select foreign policy publications, and other benefits. Membership contributions are tax deductible and benefits increase with your level of support.

What our members are saying

It is a place to come and learn in real time about what’s happening in the world.

- Ed B., member since 1991

[The Council] is a group of curious people that are interested in discussing the ideas that shape our lives both big and small.

– Hilary B., member since 2016

The Council has provided me an opportunity to connect with others in my community interested in global affairs...the experience and expertise in any room hosted by the Council is sometimes hard to grasp! There is so much to learn and so many willing to share - the council has been a wonderful and welcoming place to learn and explore.

– Blair Janis, member since 2015

Member Benefits

All members enjoy the following core benefits:

  • Reduced member pricing for you and guests, space permitting, when attending public programs at Council’s Conference Center
  • Invitation to join the Young Professionals Network.
  • Reduced member rate for breakfast and lunch programs.
  • Discounts on subscriptions to Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, World Political Review, and Financial Times.
  • Invitation to members-only programs and member mixers to network with other Council members and leaders

Individual Membership Types: 


Student Membership

$40/year (student ID required)

  • Core benefits
  • Complimentary admission to majority of public programs
  • Reduced member-rate for breakfasts and lunches
  • Inclusion in the Young Professionals Network, which includes over 20 YP only programs

Individual Membership


  • Core benefits

Sponsor Membership


  • Core benefits for two individuals in the same household
  • Complimentary admission to majority of public programs

Donor Membership 


  • Core benefits for two individuals in the same household
  • Complimentary admission to majority of public programs
  • Complimentary Council membership bag

Leadership Circles

$1,000-$50,000 in annual support

In recognition of significant support at these leadership levels, you will enjoy direct access to world leaders, policymakers, and other national and international experts through exclusive programs that offer in-depth experiences in intimate settings. Learn more.

Contributions to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs support public education and independent global affairs studies. The Council is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and contributions are tax-deductible. If you are interested in joining or would like more information about individual membership, please contact Victoria Gajc.