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Members of the President's Club talk to Council staff member, Rachael Mizuno.

President's Club

As a member of the President's Club, you will gain access to exclusive roundtables and private briefings, expand your network in a community that cares about global affairs, and deepen your knowledge of current events, all while supporting the idea of an active US role in the world.

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Council by becoming a member of the President's Club. The Council provides nonpartisan, fact-based information on global affairs and offers you opportunities to actively participate in challenging, thoughtful discussions with world leaders, foreign policy influencers, and other international experts. We also connect you with other Chicagoans who are interested in understanding global issues and why they matter.

Become a member of the President's Club

Membership donations at the President’s Club level provide critical financial support that enables the Council to  fulfill  its mission. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and can be made as one-time annual gifts or in monthly or quarterly installments. 

A group of people talk during a President's Club reception

A group of President's Club members talk during a networking reception. The Council offers exclusive events such as this for members of the President's Club every year.

Members in the audience talk before a Council public program

Members have a chance to talk before a Council public program. The Council offers over 100 public events open to members every year.

President's Club Benefits

In appreciation of your contribution,  we  are pleased to provide you with  opportunities exclusively for President’s Club members that increase with your level of support

  • Complimentary access to most in-person public events and digital public programs
  • Invitations to members-only in-person events, digital programs, and networking opportunities
  • Invitation to join the Young Professionals Network
  • Access to experiences planned exclusively for President’s Club members, including:
    • private, off-the-record digital programs and in-person events with global thought leaders, policymakers, journalists, CEOs and other international experts
    • briefings on the Council's research and conference calls with senior fellows
    • annual state of the Council conversations with Council President Ivo Daalder
    • networking events and programs with other leadership members
  • Reserved seating with fellow leadership members at in-person events
  • Expedited check-in at large-scale, in-person events
  • Reduced admission for Council signature events like the Pritzker Forum on Global Cities and the Global Food and Agriculture Symposium
  • Subscription discounts (Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, World Politics Review, Financial Times)
  • Complimentary Council membership bag and lapel pin
  • Core President's Club benefits for two individuals.

  • Core President's Club benefits for two individuals.
  • Plus, an invitation to the Consular Corps Reception with Consuls General from more than 80 countries
  • Core benefits above for two individuals.
  • Plus, an invitation to the Consular Corps Reception with Consuls General from more than 80 countries
  • And an exclusive tour of the Council's studio and breakfast conversation with Council's media experts

"Having spent years overseas and then living in Washington and working in international development, I found a real dearth of news and information about international issues when we first moved to Chicago 20 years ago. Happily, the Council and its enlightening and relevant programming has filled that void."

Julie S. President's Club member