People Supporting the Arts


In 1907, Chicago author Hamlin Garland and friends founded the Attic Club, which two years later was re-named The Cliff Dwellers. Now, as then, it is a private club and functions as a non-profit organization for men and women either professionally engaged in, or who support, the fine arts and the performing arts.

Since its 1996 move from atop Symphony Center (formerly Orchestra Hall) next door, all the facilities of The Cliff Dwellers Club are located in the 22nd floor penthouse of the office building at the southwest corner of Michigan Avenue at Adams Street. Its lakefront facilities overlook Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago.

The True Story of the Bird GirlThe Early Years: 1907 to Early 1980’s The Club Moves: 1996 to Present | Reminisces: A Literary Puzzle | Past Presidents of The Cliff Dwellers | Robert W. Thiebout