Join the Junior League of Chicago!



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.

Are you a woman looking for an opportunity to make an impact in the lives of others in the Chicagoland area?

Look no further than the Junior League of Chicago, a unique volunteer organization for women. Our members participate in large community projects that make a significant contribution to the community.


Benefits of Membership

  • Volunteer training for effective community leadership
  • Interaction with passionate and committed leaders
  • Opportunities to serve leadership roles and try new experiences
  • Meet other like-minded women in a social and supportive setting
  • Give back to your community by helping people in need

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.

AJLI Demographic Profile


The JLC Associate Course

The first six months of membership is known as the Associate Course (you may have heard of the 12-month Provisional Year in other cities). JLC Associate members go through a training program that offers wide exposure to the various aspects of the Junior League and the needs of the community.

The main focus of the Associate experience is to:

  • 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

Each Associate is assigned to an Associate Course Counselor who will lead of 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.


Membership Prerequisites

Associate Course programs begin in January and June every year. In the fall or spring before the Associate Course begins, prospective members must attend a Prospective Member Information Session (PMIS) that provides information about the League, our mission, our work in the community and the responsibilities of membership. The PMIS is the JLC’s only membership prerequisite. We have no sponsor requirement and no membership application (you will be asked to fill out an information form after attending the PMIS so that we know how to contact you, but this is not an application for membership).

If you are interested in making a difference in your community and like what you hear about the JLC, we want you to join! Because the PMIS is our only prerequisite, and we offer ten of these events per year (five in the spring and five in the fall), and we are strict about this requirement.


PMIS Information

If you are interested in joining the JLC and have not attended a Prospective Member Information Session, you are invited to attend one of the six sessions we hold in the months leading up to the start date of each Associate Course. These sessions are a necessary step to become an Associate Member Please click the date below to RSVP for the date you would like to attend.

The Fall 2016 Prospective Member Information Sessions are available. Check out the dates below and Sign-up here for a date you can attend.

Fall 2016 Prospective Member Information Sessions: become a Burton Associate in January 2017

Please select the date of the session which you wish to attend, and fill out the form to submit your RSVP for that date

Saturday, October 8: 11:00AM-12:00PM (full)
Wednesday, October 26:  6:30PM-7:30PM Sign-up here
Saturday, October 29: 11:00AM-12:00PM Sign-up here
Monday, November 14: 6:30PM-7:30PM Sign-up here
Saturday, November 19: 11:00AM-12:00PM Sign-up here

Winter/Spring 2017 Prospective Member Information Sessions: become an Astor Associate in June 2017

Please select the date of the session which you wish to attend, and fill out the form to submit your RSVP for that date

Monday, January 30: 6:30PM-7:30PM Sign-up here
Saturday, February 11: 11:00AM-12:00PM Sign-up here
Tuesday, February 21: 6:30PM-7:30PM Sign-up here
Wednesday, March 22: 6:30PM-7:30PM Sign-up here
Saturday, April 8: 11:00AM-12:00PM Sign-up here
Saturday, April 22: 11:00AM-12:00PM Sign-up here

All meetings are held at the JLC Headquarters (1447 N Astor).

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.

Next Steps

After you have attended a PMIS and turned in your information form, you are eligible to join the JLC! To confirm your place in the next Associate Course, you must pay Associate dues by the submission deadline. The PMIS leaders will provide a dues statement and more information about dues and fees during the session, but here are guidelines:

  • To pay Associate dues, you can do one of the following:
    • Pay online*
    • Mail a check to JLC Headquarters*
  • Dues Submission Deadlines:**
    • June Astor Associate Course: May 1
    • January Burton Associate Course: December 1

*Please note, all paid dues 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.

Within the month, before your Associate Course begins, you will hear from both JLC Headquarters and the Associate Course Committee leaders. You will be provided with a login for the JLC website, 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.

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.