After my ACGA conference finished for the evening, I jumped in a taxi to another meeting, at the Union League Club of Chicago. Being a jolly foreigner, I'd never heard of the club and its background. But for more than 125 years, the Club has been the place in Chicago where people have gathered to lay the groundwork for various civic projects and organize social and philanthropic undertakings.
We walked up to the fifth floor to find a quiet lounge to discuss our business, and as I walked the marble stairs, I marvelled and drooled at the most amazing art on every single wall. Who knew that such a treasure trove existed!
And there, tucked away on one wall, was a Monet.
Today, the Union League Club of Chicago is recognized as having one of the most important privately held art collections in the region, with more than 750 works of art, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts – with particular strength in Midwestern artists.