Welcome to the Mount Holyoke Club of Chicago!

Welcome alumnae, students, and community members!  This website provides basic details about the Club, its officers, activities, and contact information.  To learn about upcoming events, please subscribe to our e-newsletter and join our Facebook group.

Despite its physical distance from campus, Chicago has a lot in common with Mount Holyoke College.  Both foster a strong sense of community and elicit deep pride from those who are members.  Thus, it may come as no surprise that Mount Holyoke and the City of Chicago were founded the same year!


In 1874, just three years after the Chicago Fire, a small group of alumnae formed the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Association of the Northwest.  This was the second alumnae club to be formed; its membership extended all the way to the West Coast and included Puget Sound and Portland.  In 1877, Chicago alumnae split off from the Northwest and formed their own club.

Emily White Smith (Class of 1858; honorary MA in 1925) was the first chair of the Chicago Club, so the Club founded a scholarship in her name for a first-year student from the Chicago area.  The scholarship remains active to this day.  In order to help meet the financial needs of incoming students from Chicagoland, the Club raises funds for the scholarship.

Get involved today!

Currently, there are about 500 alumnae living in the city and surrounding suburbs.  The Club sponsors frequent social and professional development events for alumnae throughout the year, serves as a resource for current students spending time in Chicago for internships or work, and represents Mount Holyoke at college fairs and other admission outreach across the region.  Learn more and get involved today!

Support the Club by paying dues!

Your dues help the Club sponsor the Joanne H. Alter ’49 Lecture of Women in Politics, purchase supplies for teachers and students at Mary Lyon Elementary School, adopt a “Mary Lion” at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and contribute to the Emily White Smith Scholarship Fund.  Additionally, dues help the Club to secure venues and provide refreshments at our events.

Dues are a suggested donation of $25 annually; paying members of the Club will receive special recognition and reduced pricing to all applicable Club events.  Dues can be paid online through our PayPal account.  If you would prefer to pay your dues by check, please contact the Board for further direction.