Welcome to the IU Chicago Advancement Office

The IU Chicago Advancement Office is here for you, offering unique IU experiences, opportunities to learn, chances to network with your IU friends and family, and ways you can give back to help IU stay at the forefront of higher education. Regardless of the campus or program you hold dear, we’re here to serve you!

We invite you to join us in advancing IU, bringing the things we love about our alma mater to Chicago.

Fill your calendar with IU events

A great way to meet fellow alumni and connect with IU is to attend one of our upcoming events. Can't wait to see you!

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IU in Chicago

Your relationship with your alma mater does not stop when you leave campus!  We want to bring the things that you love about IU to your hometown. 

IU Chicago Advancement is here to help connect IU alumni to the university and to each other; we want to be your gateway back to IU.   

We strive to bring you events that are relevant, thought-provoking and add value to your busy life. 

Held several times throughout the year, the IU in Chicago program series integrates the outstanding work and research of IU’s faculty and staff with the unique and time-honored character of the city of Chicago. 

IN Balance

Invest In Yourself

The IU Chicago Women’s Network is a programmatic partnership between IU Chicago Advancement and Women’s Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Influence Your Network

The IU Chicago Women’s Network is spearheaded by alumnae leaders, our INbassadors, who work alongside IU to collaborate and create a host of women’s programs in the university’s second largest global alumni market.

Inspire Your Peers

The IN Balance event series brings a diverse array of topics, speakers, and programs to our alumnae in Chicago, providing resources and world-class expertise to help women succeed and find balance in their lives. 

Get together with us

The Indiana University Chicago Advancement office sponsors a number of opportunities for alumni and friends to connect with each other.

IU comes to you, right in the heart of your city or suburban neighborhood! Mix and mingle with alumni and friends at neighborhood gatherings throughout the city and suburbs. While you’re at it, enjoy your first beer or glass of wine and delicious appetizers on us.

We like to say a heartfelt thanks to our loyal supporters, and one of the best ways we do that Chicago-style is our bi-annual Crimson Connection event. Chicagoland donors to IU who belong to one of four different IU Foundation recognition societies are invited to meet a special guest while enjoying scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, special beers, and select wines. 

Ever wonder what it would be like to bring IU right into your own home? Well, maybe it’s never occurred to you, but those who have hosted say there is nothing quite like connecting with familiar faces and new IU friends in the comfort of home. Or, you can always host a game watch, alumni reception, or special guest presenter at your home or a favorite spot nearby.

Is your company hiring? Do you want talented IU alumni on your staff? The Career Minded program is an avenue to connect IU alumni, and their respective Chicago companies, with other IU alumni looking for career opportunities. Not hiring now? Career Minded is also a platform to provide professional development training to your staff. A partnership with the Career and Professional Development team at IUAA, let IU work for you to help grow and strengthen your business.


Volunteer with us

We welcome all IU alumni and friends to volunteer for various events and networking activities. There are numerous ways to get involved and stay connected with IU!

IU Chicago Advancement is proud to support the Chicago Chapter of Indiana University Alumni Association. The Chicago area chapter is very active and continues to build a strong community of alums. Charitable, social, and sports related events are but a few of the many ways alumni get together to show their Hoosier pride. Check out the IUAA Chicago chapter!

The IU Chicago Advisory Council is a great way for alums of any age to network, give back, and connect with other alumni through events and partnerships. Alumni who live in the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs meet to connect and support programs and events. Advisors, panelists, event hosts are always a welcome contribution to our council. Meetings occur quarterly. Reach out to IU Chicago Advancement at 312-216-4600 or iuchiadv@indiana.edu for more information.

Create opportunities for the next generation

Gifts to IU help write the life stories of future doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and nonprofit leaders. They help the university recruit and retain world-renowned expertise and develop state-of-the-art facilities. And they help advance groundbreaking research and life-enhancing discovery. There are many ways you can support IU.

We'd love to hear from you

Jenny Henderson
Executive Director