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They've just got to go up. Jackson Blvd. They treat you very nicely when you walk in because they know you. Delaware Pl. Marquand, F. Here he had the best of his well-bred friends, the most comfortable of his well-stuffed chairs, the best of food, drink and cigars from his well-stocked larders and cellars, the least irritating of reading material from a well-censored library and the best of games from well-mannered losers. They've gone from where they were restricted to 40 percent of their market-where they were not allowed to touch the other 60 percent-to where suddenly, all bets are off and they can go for the whole percent. They have, however, certainly changed in the last generation. Digby Baltzell, a University of Pennsylvania professor, longtime apologist for the American class system and the man who first coined the term "WASP," saw it coming back in the mids, when he realized clubs had to change or die. They were never seen. Or maybe P. In another neighborhood, its entrance might be taken for that of a pricey funeral parlor. From the start, its founding members conducted themselves in a manner they thought most resembled stiff-upper-lip, arrogant British aristocrats. Others made their piles manufacturing mundane articles like manure forks. Thus came about the birth in of the Chicago Club, one of the oldest and finest of its type in the land. Philip Sheridan, he of the phrase "the only good Indian is a dead Indian," belonged to the Chicago and to the nearby Union League. None of the clubs has suffered in the way of service, or suffered in terms of quality. Armour-and you might imagine, not sweaty Jane Fondas huffing and puffing on their exercise machines, but tittering biddies, gossiping over watercress sandwiches and tea. Once they had made their fortunes, these proud, unpolished fellows craved class-especially the ones who were insecure about how they were regarded by the more established American "aristocrats" in New York and Boston. In his day, this would have been a jaw- dropper. One former member of Chicago's very Republican. They've been beset by harsh economics, the loss of their tax deductibility and irritating competition from passingly fashionable restaurants. A lot of clubs made major membership drives and people are going back to the clubs again. When the fire engulfed the club building, the members carried sofas, cigars and whiskey from the club to the lakefront and finished their repast. In Chicago, there was scandal, and the affronted husband moved his wife and family off to New York, where, presumably, such things didn't happen. Dearborn Pkwy. Not all things British have played well at Chicago clubs. John Winterbotham, asking to buy the club property so they could have not one but two high-rises in their project, she tossed the letter into a desk drawer, where it was found after her death years later. But that's the point. A quick means of acquiring the desired "class" was to organize an elite club from which they could exclude beings deemed below them in refinement and influence-a "gentlemen's" club, styled, like so many aspects of American high society, on the insufferably snobby English form. Perhaps the prince should have tried the Casino Club, where Chicago's English Speaking Union holds its meetings to this day, though the shrubbery there is a bit sparse. Blettner, another veteran of the charity board scene and one of the mainstay members of the Casino Club. In Chicago he was a partner to dry goods merchant and real estate baron Potter Palmer and the first Marshall Field. Peddler-turned-tycoon Leiter succeeded at Anglophilia so greatly he married off all three of his beautiful daughters to titled Englishmen. In such bastions, the ruling male elite could use the private confines of the club to avoid intrusion by would-be competitors or challengers to their authority. The poor thing died of a malady contracted in that steamy country, but among Chicago's prominent citizens it was hard to top her attainment. Absolute privacy is another attraction. Can they possibly have any relevance in a modern, sophisticated, trendy metropolis like Chicago here on the brink of the 21st Century? There was total anonymity, although everybody knew each other. Author and social arbiter Cleveland Amory best described the phenomenon in his bestseller "Who Killed Society? The words "strip joint" put one in mind either of tawdry settings where women take their clothes off, or of New Yorker magazine cartoons showing grumpy capitalists slumped snoring on the leather couches of their club lounges. The meeting was never reported. Scott Fitzgerald or Henry James. What I'm talking about is the dysfunction of club exclusiveness in a society where more and more people of non-WASP background are rising into leadership positions. Clubs have been affected, quite positively, by a fundamental change the city's ruling establishment has undergone over the last two decades-a change best described as the decline of the WASP. Now I'm there all the time. They came to discuss with the Chicago business community-key leaders, about 40 presidents of corporations-exactly what was going on. Wodehouse, whose lovable twit, Bertie Wooster, belonged to the "Drones Club. For one thing, the exclusively male membership back then liked to wander about the swimming pool and workout area in their birthday suits-a point they raised in their argument against huff huff having women members. The Chicago Club, 81 E. Union League Club, 65 W. I celebrated my birthday at the club!{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} Schmitz, of Chicago, "but I wasn't sure if I'd ever go there. The club was not to be uprooted by some mere developer or insurance company. Example: The Chicago Fire blazed through town one October night in , destroying all in its path. For a long while they didn't. The most socially prestigious club in Chicago, the Casino, E. Chicago Club members, whose businesses were among those destroyed, gathered at their clubhouse early the next day for a champagne breakfast. It helped both the aldermen who were opposing Washington to get a feel for where the business community was and for the business community to understand where the aldermen were. Or so goes the famous legend. During this soiree, the story goes, he contrived to exercise his "droit du seigneur" in a dalliance with a lovely but quite married local woman, attending to this beneath some of the club shrubbery. Philip D. None of that would have been possible in a business club. As with their counterparts throughout the nation, the city's clubs have suffered from the federal government's elimination of the tax deductibility of club dues and, more recently, the slashing of dining and entertainment deductions to 50 percent. As befits their long-standing role as protected sanctuaries where the elite meet to be rich and cut deals together, they have never been terribly flashy places. They have had egalitarian democracy imposed upon them and their exclusionist policies by the federal courts. Given the staggering price of real estate in the area, many have wondered how there can be such a drab, diminutive structure on that valuable property instead of another monstrous high-rise. You get people. Chicago was built with the fortunes of a lot of grubby, upstart, self-made rich men, some of whom were of the genus "robber baron. These guys really opened up. She became pregnant, the only woman in the entire world known to have been made so by this particularly British Royal Highness, but the honor of the thing didn't count for much. You not only have a wonderful social evening, but for people you don't know and want to get to know, it's much better than a restaurant. Their traditional membership base has dwindled with the blurring of old family lines and the continuing movement to the suburbs. The guests all swore they would never mention the party to the press. This was never known to have happened. Clubs in Chicago truly are part of people's lives. In Chicago as well as the rest of the nation, the old "aristocracy" has given way to a meritocracy. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}To most people, these snooty, elitist, exclusionist retreats within the city would seem relics of some long-faded era chronicled by John Cheever, J. She had never replied, and the developer decided to leave well enough alone. In this era of international Internet teleconferencing and office fitness centers, when up-and-coming young executives often greet their CEOs with "Good morning, ma'am," and class distinction is not only frowned upon but in many cases illegal, can there still be such institutions? He was shocked to find not only jogging treadmills certainly an outlandish notion in his time , but, thudding along on one of them, a leggy, pony-tailed young woman straight out of the Nike television commercials. Women came to be admitted to membership anyway. I think that's what's happened, and I think it's wonderful. Among Chicago's upstart millionaire pioneer merchants and manufacturers, Levi Leiter originally was an itinerant peddler. Here he could do what he pleased when he pleased where he pleased and with whom he pleased; here, and only here, did he find sanctuary and his four freedoms: freedom of speech against democracy, freedom of worship of aristocracy, freedom from want from tipping, and, above all, freedom from fear of women. Their names may be spelled in peculiar ways; they may not know how to sail or play whist; but they know how to run things, and this they are doing. Gustavus Swift, eventual patriarch of the meatpacking "aristocracy," began his career selling raw meat out of a cart on Cape Cod. If you've never paid much attention to clubs, that's as intended. The Chicago establishment and the cultural and charitable institutions it supports are no longer the domain of early-settler families' descendants, but of corporate CEOs, many of whom might not have been invited to anything 20 years ago. Clutch their membership scrolls in the Mayflower Society as they might, WASPs all over the country have been pushed out of corporate board chairs and the management of law firms and stock brokerages by younger, more aggressive and more able corporate hustlers who believe their role is to make money, not just conserve family holdings. Edward F. In the s, when the Hancock people wrote to the longtime Casino president, Doris Mrs. Michigan Ave. None of that would have been possible in a restaurant. Ditto for the "ladies' club" counterparts. In London's West End, husbands routinely accepted being cuckolded by royals as sort of doing their bit to keep up the British class system. Van Buren St. The athletic facilities and pool were made available to both sexes, and the nudity issue was resolved with the pioneering suggestion that perhaps members could wear swimsuits and exercise clothes. And she was a member.