The Caxton Club welcomes all enthusiastic bibliophiles: collectors, conservators, designers, binders, printers, librarians, editors, booksellers, publishers, and others interested in the book.

The Club meets for a reception, dinner and a guest speaker on the third Wednesday of the month from September through June. On the second Friday of the month from September through June, the Club meets for a buffet luncheon and program. Both meetings are held at the Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago.

The Caxton Club offers Resident, Nonresident, and Junior categories of membership. Nonresident members are those living 50 miles or more from the city of Chicago. Those applying for Resident membership must attend two meetings in order to be considered for membership. Nonresident applicants need attend only one meeting.

To become a member, the applicant must:

  • Have an interest in books, including book collecting, the book arts, or literature
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have attended two meetings for Resident membership or one meeting for Nonresident membership
  • Submit an on-line application
  • Await contact from a membership co-chair who will assist with the next two steps
    • Be proposed by a Caxton member and seconded by another Caxton member
    • Have two letters, one from the proposer and one from the seconder, to support your nomination.
  • Membership Committee will present your application and the letters of your sponsors to the Council for inclusion into the membership

Annual membership dues and one-time initiation fees are as follows:

Membership Dues Initiation fee
Resident  $195  $125 
Junior Resident*  $95  $60 
Nonresident  $90  $125 
Junior Non-Resident*  $45  $60 

* Those 35 and younger.

Membership dues plus a one time initiation fee will be assessed upon the approval of the application.  Please do not send payment prior to notification of being accepted.

Address inquiries to:

Susan Hanes, Membership Chair (


Jackie Vossler, President (

211 South Clark Street,
PO Box 2329,
Chicago IL 60604-9997

Tel: +1 (312) 970-1294