The Purdue Club of Chicago is the oldest and largest of Purdue University’s Alumni Clubs. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Purdue presence in the Chicago metropolitan area. Many of our efforts focus on promoting Purdue University and supporting the 21,000 alumni that live in Chicagoland.
The Purdue Club of Chicago is rich in history and service to Purdue Alumni. Our organization started in the late 1800s. The Purdue Club of Chicago and Indiana Chicago Club created the tradition of the Old Oaken Bucket. This bucket continues to serve as a trophy in the annual rival football game between Purdue University and Indiana University.
Events are planned throughout the year to bring Chicago-area alumni together. Popular annual events include bus trips to football games both at home and away, summer picnics, game-watching parties at local bars, our annual Freshmen Send-Off Picnic, participating in Big Ten Night at US Cellular Field, and group trips to concerts. The Purdue Club of Chicago also competes with the Indiana Alumni Club in Chicago in an annual blood drive competition. This is just one way that the Purdue Club of Chicago gives back to its community.
Each year, The Purdue Club of Chicago awards a scholarship to a selected incoming freshmen. Efforts are made throughout the year to raise money to help fund our annual scholarship. We strive to increase both the dollar amount and number of scholarships that we can award each year.
Ultimately, the Purdue Club of Chicago is about continuing the Purdue experience. Your enthusiasm for Purdue doesn’t need to end at graduation.