Join the Junior League of Chicago

Join the Junior League of Chicago. Members share a commitment to voluntarism and building a better community.


We are women, mothers, and daughters, students and graduates, activists and philanthropists, dreamers and believers. From all generations, all walks of life, bound by a single goal: to improve the health and well-being of women, children, and families in our city. Women in the Junior League of Chicago come from all parts of the metropolitan area and from all walks of life. Members do not need “sponsorship” from current members in order to join, only to follow the steps outlined below. This diverse organization welcomes and celebrates women of all backgrounds, as each member brings a unique perspective to our organization and enriches our League. Members share a commitment to voluntarism and building a better community.




  1. Fill out the Prospective Member Information Form. Once you complete this form, you will receive a confirmation email. The link in the confirmation email will take you to the Prospective Member Information Session Calendar, where you can select a date to attend a Prospective Member Information Session.
  2. Attend one Prospective Member Information Session.
  3. Complete the Additional Prospective Information Form, and pay dues to reserve your spot in the JLC Associate Course.*
  4. Complete a six-month Associate Course



Attendance at a Prospective Member Information Session is a pre-requisite for membership in the JLC. At the PMIS, current JLC leaders will provide more information about the JLC’s mission, community projects, events, and membership dues. All Prospective Member Information Sessions will be held at JLC HQ unless stated otherwise.

Prospective Member Information Sessions

Monday, June 8, 2020 • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Conference Call

Register here.

Saturday, June 13, 2020 • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM • Conference Call

Register here.



If you have any other questions at this time, please email the Prospective Member Chairs at


  • Dues Submission Deadlines:**
    • June Astor Associate Course: June 17, 2020.


    *Please note, all paid dues and fees are non-refundable. There are no refunds. This applies to all ticket purchases and items.

    **There is a size limit on each Associate Class, and admission to the class may be closed prior to that deadline.


    If you have already attended a PMIS event but did not join the JLC at that time, you do not need to attend another PMIS to be eligible to join. If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us at or for more information.




    About six weeks before your Associate Course begins, you will hear from both JLC Headquarters and the Associate Course Committee leaders. You will be provided with information about your Associate Course Counselor, and some dates to save for the first few weeks of the Associate Course. Prior to the start of the course, you will also begin to receive the JLC’s weekly e-newsletter, Connections.

    Your first six months of membership is known as the Associate Course. The purpose of this first-year training is to expose each volunteer to the various community and In-League activities of The Junior League of Chicago.

    Six Month focus:

    • Educate new members on the volunteer opportunities available in the League
    • Help them select a fulfilling area to focus their time and efforts as Active members
    • Introduce them to other women who share their passion and interests

    You will be assigned to an Associate Course Counselor who will lead a small group of Associates who are similar to you in life stage, location, etc. The Associate Course Counselor will be able to answer any questions you have throughout the Associate Course and will plan fun activities to help you get to know other members of the League as well as help you pick which Committee you’d like to join.



    • Make positive changes in the Chicago community
    • Expand your circle of influence and connect with inspiring women
    • Meet new people and form lifelong friendships
    • Impact so many lives by giving back effectively and efficiently
    • Do good on a regular, ongoing basis
    • Experience personal growth and leadership development
    • Expand your skill set; speaking, public relations, sales, marketing
    • Participate in a well-run organization


    Wishing to Reinstate with the Junior League of Chicago?

    If you have been away from the League and wish to rejoin our membership, please submit a Reinstatement Request. We will contact you once your request has been reviewed.