The Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago is a private club for women nestled in the heart of downtown Chicago. Established in 1898, the WAC was the first athletic club for women in America. “Created by ladies, for ladies”, it elected Mrs. Philip D. Armour as its first president, and the prestigious membership included the wives of many prominent Chicagoans.
For well over 100 years, the WAC has been identified with graciousness and elegance – an oasis in the heart of the city for its membership.
In 1929, the Club found its current location and hired renowned architect Philip B. Maher to design a building specifically to its member needs. An architectural treasure, the Clubhouse was awarded Landmark status in 1991.
The interior of the Club reflects the early 20th century Beaux-Arts and Art Deco design. From the stunning Ballroom to the elegant Silver Room to the welcoming Drawing Room to the cozy Library – each room is uniquely designed to provide a special place for groups large and small to gather.
The WAC also boasts modern facilities for health and fitness, including a gym, studio rooms for classes, a pool, as well as a full-service spa.
From music concerts to guest speakers and highly regarded authors, the WAC provides regular programming to enhance the cultural interests of its members.
Whether weddings, engagement parties, showers, anniversaries, or an afternoon tea, WAC members enjoy hosting or sponsoring special events. Members also utilize the WAC for sponsoring professional meetings related to their career areas or volunteer organizations.
Throughout its rich history, the Club has adapted to the changing needs of its members. By continually developing new programs and enhancing the facilities, the WAC remains a place where yesterday’s rich traditions are expressed in today’s contemporary style.