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A legacy of leadership
1904-1912: From Inspiration to Industry
Chicago Commercial Association founded by Alfred McDonald Compton.
The Chicago Association of Commerce plays a key role in the creation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
1912-1919: Helping found Chicago Institutions
The Association takes part in founding the Chicago Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Chicago Safety Council, the Chicago Better Business Bureau, the Chicago Plan Commission, and the Advertising Council.
1930: Making a Difference
The Association organizes the Committee on Prevention and Punishment of Crime, six influential businessmen who organized the Chicago business community against Al Capone.
1945-1949: Paving the Way
The Association successfully advocates for the State Slum Clearance and Rehousing Program Act, and passes its own Modernized Building Code, paving the way for Chicago's great housing developments following World War II.
The Association and the State Street Council jointly conceive and finance the Parking Plan for the City of Chicago. Chicago's parking garages and parking lots are a direct result of this plan.
1959-1973: Going Global
The Chicago International Trade Fair run by the Association, sees Her Majesty, Elizabeth, Queen of the British Commonwealth, visit Chicago.
Association CEO Thomas H. Coulter accepts an "E-For Export" award from President John F. Kennedy during a ceremony at the White House.
The Association sponsors the first export fair and largest export promotion ever held in the United States in cooperation with the Japan Midwest Association.
1974-1991: Investing in the Community
The Association plays a key role in the creation of the Regional Transportation Authority.
The Association launches the Chicago Pact/Drug Free Workplace Program to emphasize prevention, early intervention, and treatment of substance abuse.
1993-1996: Name Change for a Digital Age
The Association changes its name to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber debuts its first website.
2000-2013: A Chamber for the New Millennium
The Chamber launches the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.
The Chamber launches disabilityworks as a collaborative effort with the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and DCEO.
The Chamber wins 5-star designation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Theresa E. Mintle becomes the fifth (and first woman) President and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber’s Genealogy
1848: Chicago Board of Trade
1861: Mercantile Association
1869: Merchants and Commercial Travelers Association
1897: Chicago Commercial Association (incorporated; not activated)
1904: Chicago Commercial Association (activated)
1905: Chicago Association of Commerce
1947: Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry
1993: Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Celebrating our Founding members that remain members today
AT&T. Joined when they were Illinois Bell
Rexam. Joined when they were American Can Company
Bank of America. Joined when they were Continental Illinois
Macy’s. Joined when they were Marshall Field and Company
BNSF. Joined when they were Burlington Northern
BP. Joined when they were Standard Oil
Com Ed. Joined when they were Chicago Edison
JP Morgan Chase. Joined when they were First National Bank of Chicago