As the first NSDAR chapter in the country, our members are actively involved in a variety of projects and endeavors that support the mission of the National Society. Our chapter has a 130-year history of uniting women from across Chicago, from socialites to social workers, suffragists, and organizers, as well as war relief volunteers and military veterans.
Our chapter is comprised of a strong and diverse membership, and we are consistently growing and changing to serve and support veterans, educators, families, students, and the greater community.
Stars & Stripes Forever
Celebrate Stars & Stripes Forever and Rejoice in Our DAR Ties of Friendship
Providing books and funding for this historic school and family service organization
Jesse Brown Center
Collecting and purchasing clothing and shoes for distribution, as well as hosting social events for patients
Literacy and Education
Donating funds to provide books for 16,000 of Chicago's under-resourced Pre-K-12th grade students
Day of Service
Celebrating the founding of the DAR by cleaning and restoring headstones in several Chicago cemeteries
Service to Veterans
Writing cards and greeting senior war veterans after their one-of-kind trip to Washington, D.C.
Our Patriot Stories
National Day of Service
DAR Good Citizens Program
Illinois DAR Scholarships
DAR Service for Veterans
Reserve Officers Training Corps Medals
"Diligent. Attentive. Respectful."
Illinois DAR Motto
Illinois State Regent, Debra Ross Coe