Join The Junior League of Chicago



There is a Three Step Process in Becoming a JLC Member

  1. Fill out the Prospective Member Information Form, and attend a Prospective Member Information Session.
  2. Complete the Additional Prospective Information Form, and pay dues to reserve your spot in the JLC Associate Course.*
  3. Complete a six-month Associate Course


Attend A Prospective Member Information Session

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.

The 2017-2018 PMIS dates are:

To Join the Burton (January) Associate Course:

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017


To Join the Astor (June) Associate Course:

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

  • Dues Submission Deadlines:**
    • June Astor Associate Course: May 1
    • January Burton Associate Course: December 1

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. Please contact or for more information.

*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.


The JLC Associate Course

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.


WHO IS THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF CHICAGO? 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.


Wishing to Reinstate with the Junior Leauge of Chicago?

If you have been away from the League and wish to rejoin our membership, please submit a Reinstatement Request. You will be contacted by Headquarters once your request has been reviewed.