The Chicago Society recognizes leadership annual donors who support the University of Chicago at significant levels year after year.

Build Your Legacy Year by Year

By making an annual gift at the leadership level, you provide the University with the greatest flexibility in responding to the needs of our students, faculty, and community.

Chicago Society Membership

Chicago Society members include donors from across the University who give a total of $2,500 or more to the University of Chicago each fiscal year (July 1–June 30).

For recent College alumni, Chicago Society membership is extended at the following annual giving levels:

  • Less than one year out, including current fourth-years (2015 and 2016)—$100
  • Two through nine years out (2007 - 2014)—$500
  • Ten through 14 years out (2002 - 2006)—$1,000 

Chicago Society Benefits

As member of the Chicago Society, you will receive recognition and special access to University programs, staff, publications, and leaders.

Midway Circle—$50,000+

Receive recognition in the Chicago Society Honor Roll of Donors, invitations to conference calls with University leadership highlighting UChicago research and initiatives, and all Drexel Circle benefits.

Drexel Circle—$25,000

Receive recognition in the Chicago Society Honor Roll of Donors, exclusive invitations to events with University leadership, and all Kimbark Circle benefits.

Kimbark Circle—$10,000

Receive recognition in the Chicago Society Honor Roll of Donors, exclusive invitations to University programs and networking events, and all Dorchester Circle benefits.

Dorchester Circle—$5,000

Receive recognition in the Chicago Society Honor Roll of Donors, special invitations to Chicago Society events and all Ellis Circle benefits.

Ellis Circle—$2,500

Receive recognition in the Chicago Society Honor Roll of Donors, complimentary admission with one guest to Harper Lectures, and access to dedicated Chicago Society staff.

Recent College alumni receive recognition in the Chicago Society Honor Roll of Donors, and all Ellis Circle benefits.

Chicago Society Giving Options

Options for giving include, but are not limited to:

  • College, divisional, and professional school annual funds;
  • Odyssey and other undergraduate scholarships;
  • graduate fellowships;
  • institutes and centers across campus;
  • UChicago centers in cities worldwide, including Beijing, Delhi, and Paris;
  • on-campus museums and theaters; and
  • initiatives that elevate education and diversity, such as the Urban Education Institute and the Women’s Leadership Council.

Download a PDF list of other popular giving designations.

Celebrating a Reunion?

Honor your class with a stretch gift at the Chicago Society level. When you pledge your leadership gift over the next five years, the total amount of your pledge will count toward your class gift. Making a leadership gift is a clear and thoughtful way to celebrate your milestone year.

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts count toward membership when actual funds are received. Funds must be received in the same fiscal year as the originating gift to count toward membership. For multiyear pledges, current-year pledge payments will determine annual Chicago Society membership.