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The Illinois Club is one of the oldest university social clubs serving the University and Champaign-Urbana community. The purpose of our Club is to promote friendship and education, this purpose is achieved through interest groups, campus tours, University of Illinois scholarship awards, and special events.

A Note from the President...

Welcome to the homepage of the Illinois Club. I am pleased to be serving as president this year.

The Illinois Club has been actively bringing people together in friendship and mutual interests for 157 years. We are diverse and vibrant with members participating in a variety of social, recreational, educational activities and scholarship support. We started as a women's club and evolved to include spouses, friends, and community members. In addition to our more social activities, we award University of Illinois students with scholarships every year through our endowments housed with the University of Illinois Foundation. I invite you whether you are a current member, prospective member or someone who just stumbled upon our page to check out the many events, interest groups and other activities listed on this website. If you like what you see, I invite you to contact us and attend one of our events or interest group meetings to meet our members and learn more about our activities.

Chris Lyke

I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine, family, outdoor activities, travel and all that summer has to offer.

Although not all our Interest Groups are currently active, it does not mean that your board members have not been busy. Plans are in the works for events for the year, tours and new interest groups. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the Fall Gathering on September 14th at Papa Del's. Consider bringing a guest and plan to hear about our exciting plans for the coming year.

Our new membership year begins July 1st. I encourage you to renew your membership today so you don't miss out on any of the fun and to to assure that your name is included in the directory.

Renewing your membership is easy. Here are your options:
  • Renew via PayPal if there are no changes to your directory information
  • Renew via mail by downloading the membership form. Print, complete, and add a check, then mail to:
    Membership, The Illinois Club, P.O. Box 2782, Champaign, IL 61825

We are still in search of a Vice-President to help me out this year and take over the reigns next year. Without members to take on the important work of the board, we have a hard time continuing to offer the events and activities of our club. Please consider taking on this important role.

More About The Illinois Club

Next Event(s):

Meet the Newcomers!

Riggs Beer Company
1901 S. High Cross Road, Urbana (map)
Thursday February 29, 2024; 5:30 - 7:00 PM

RSVP requested for Newcomers only.
Contact newcomers@theillinoisclub.org

Calling all club members! Come on out to Riggs to meet and welcome new Illinois Club members. Newcomers, the first one's on us, so be sure to check in to collect your one free drink ticket on your first visit, which can include nonalcoholic beverages.

Bringing in outside food is allowed, but a food truck will also be available.

Contact newcomers@theillinoisclub.org for more information.

Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Saturday March 2, 2024
  11:30am: Meet and Greet
  12noon: Luncheon followed by keuynote, scholarship awards, and acceptance remarks
Savoy Room, Holiday Inn & Conference Center
101 Trade Center Drive, Champaign

Join your Illinois Club friends as we honor our Scholarship awardees. This is always a heartwarming event which gives everyone a chance to meet the outstanding students.
There will also be a short business meeting to approve and elect the proposed 2024-2025 TIC Board .

Buffet Menu: Sliced seasonal fruit and berries, farm fresh scrambled eggs, shredded hash browns, sliced ham, biscuits and gravy, assorted coffee cakes, scones, fruit juices and freshly brewed coffee - regular and decaf and herbal tea.

Reservation Deadline: 5:00 PM, Tuesday, February 27. No refunds after February 27

Cost: $27 per person for both members and guests.
Pay via PayPal: ONLINE

If paying by check, payable to The Illinois Club, please send to
  Assistant Treasurer Donna Offenbecher
  2003 S Vine St
  Urbana, IL 61801
by February 27

RSVP: Email the full names of attendees to reservations@theillinoisclub.org

Questions: scholarships@theillinoisclub.org

More Events, To Be Announced...