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The Commercial Club of Chicago is a civic improvement club resulted from the 1907 merger of two predecessor Chicago clubs[1]: the Merchants Club (organized in 1896) and the Commercial Club (organized in 1877). Its most active members included George Pullman, Marshall Field, Cyrus McCormick, George Armour, Frederic Delano, Sewell Avery, Rufus C. Dawes, and Julius Rosenwald. The club has promoted Chicago's economic development for generations and championed member Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago (1909), also known as Burnham's plan. The plan gave the blueprint for the future growth and development of the entire Chicagoland region. Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois Counties Cook, DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area    - City 606. ... George Mortimer Pullman (March 3, 1831 – October 19, 1897) was an American inventor and industrialist. ... Marshall Field (1834 -1906) was founder of Marshall Field and Company, the Chicago based chain of department stores. ... Cyrus Hall McCormick (February 15, 1809 - May 13, 1884) of Virginia was an Irish American farmer, inventor, businessman, marketer and newspaper editor. ... Julius Rosenwald Julius Rosenwald (born August 12, 1862 in Springfield, Illinois - January 6, 1932) was a U.S. manufacturer, business executive, and philanthropist. ... Daniel H. Burnham. ... Modern blueprint of the French galleon La Belle. ... Chicagoland is an informal name for the Chicago metropolitan area, used by local residents, businesses, governments, and planning agencies. ...


The Commercial Club addressed many other progressive reform issues: supported street cleaning and paving projects, smoke abatement and sanitation schemes, and the development of city parks and playgrounds. They also maintained a consciousness of social reform issues like juvenile delinquency, race relations, and old-age pensions.


The club remains in existence today tracing its origins back to the 17 founding members of the Commercial Club in 1877. The current Chairman is Lester Crown and the current President is R. Eden Martin. Lester Crown (1926-). Son of Chicago financier Henry Crown (d. ...


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Commercial Club of Chicago (421 words)
The Commercial Club of Chicago began when two predecessor clubs, the Commercial Club, organized in 1877, and the Merchants Club, organized in 1896, were united in 1907.
A longtime member of the club, Burnham was uniquely positioned to link the commercial prosperity of the city with emerging City Beautiful principles to make Chicago both a profitable and pleasurable place to live.
Under the rubric of “civic beauty and social unity,” club members supported street cleaning and paving projects, smoke abatement and sanitation schemes, and the development of city parks and playgrounds.
Commercial Club : Purpose and History (668 words)
The purpose of The Commercial Club of Chicago is to promote the social and economic vitality of the metropolitan area of Chicago by co-operative effort, social intercourse, and a free interchange of views.
The Commercial Club united with The Merchants Club, organized in 1896, on February 11, 1907, and The Industrial Club, organized in 1905, on December 5, 1932, under the name of The Commercial Club of Chicago.
The Commercial Club launched this initiative in 1996 to develop a long-term policy framework to reshape metropolitan Chicago in ways that would enhance the quality and equity of regional life and ensure Chicago's place in the top tier of global cities.
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