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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.
Our Projects
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Stars & Stripes Forever

DAR Service to America

Celebrate Stars & Stripes Forever and Rejoice in Our DAR Ties of Friendship

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Newberry Fellowship

Literacy and Education

Funding a teacher fellowship to utilize the Newberry Library's collections for K - 12 education projects

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Jesse Brown Center

Service to Veterans

Collecting and purchasing clothing and shoes for distribution, as well as hosting social events for patients

Open Books

Literacy and Education

Donating funds to provide books for 16,000 of Chicago's under-resourced Pre-K-12th grade students

Day of Service

Historic Preservation

Celebrating the founding of DAR by cleaning and photographing tombstones in Chicago-area cemeteries

Honor Flights

Service to Veterans

Writing cards and greeting war veterans after their one-of-kind trip to Washington, D.C.

Our Committees

Historic Preservation

America 250! 
Our Patriot Stories
American Heritage

Commemorative Events

National Day of Service


DAR Scholarships

DAR Good Citizens Program

Chapter Scholarships

Illinois DAR Scholarships
DAR Schools
Literacy Promotion


American Indians

DAR Service for Veterans

Reserve Officers Training Corps Medals

Women’s Issues

"Diligent. Attentive. Respectful."

Illinois DAR Motto

Illinois State Regent, Debra Ross Coe

Our Mission

Ready to Become a Member?

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