The Three Arts Club of Chicago was a Chicago home and club for women in the "three arts" of music, painting and drama.[1]

The club, modeled on the Three Arts Club of New York, was founded in 1912.[2] The first Three Arts Club residence, located at 1614 North LaSalle Street, had a restaurant and rooms to house sixteen women.[3] In 1914 the club commissioned their own building, designed by architects Holabird & Roche.[4] The new three story building opened in 1915 at 1300 N. Dearborn Street with 92 residence rooms.[5][6] It is listed as a Chicago Landmark.[7]

Over 13,000 women stayed in the club throughout its history.[8] Three Arts Club provided residential space for women artists continuously until 2004, when the last of the residents moved out. In 2007 the building was sold to developers.[9]


Three Arts Club was formed to be a social center and "safe and congenial" home for women studying arts in Chicago.[10]


  1. ^ Chicago's arts club is saved, The Prescott Courier, May 14, 1991
  2. ^ "Entertainment To Found Fund of New Three Arts Club Home". Chicago Daily Tribune. 14 January 1912.
  3. ^ "Society Attends Opening of the Three Arts Club". Chicago Daily Tribune. 1 April 1913.
  4. ^ Robert Bruegmann (1997). The Architects and the City: Holabird & Roche of Chicago, 1880-1918. University of Chicago Press. pp. 431–8. ISBN 978-0-226-07695-9. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Chicago's New Three Arts Club Opens Its Doors". Chicago Daily Tribune. 18 May 1915.
  6. ^ Issacs, Deanna (26 June 2003). "Kicked out of Heaven/Next Step: Big Bucks for Artists". Chicago Reader.
  7. ^ Chicago Landmarks: Three Arts Club
  8. ^ Wilbert Jones; Kathleen Willis-Morton; Maureen O Brien (2012). Chicago's Gold Coast. Arcadia Publishing. p. 107. ISBN 978-0-7385-9177-3. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  9. ^ Three Arts Club of Chicago: An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  10. ^ "Entertainment To Found Fund of New Three Arts Club Home". Chicago Daily Tribune. 14 January 1912.

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