Welcome to PBKACA – the Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area.

Our Association is one of 50 active Phi Beta Kappa alumni associations across the nation that supports the aims of the National Society by promoting the value of liberal arts education.

In Chicago, there are over 15,000 key holders, many of whom are members of our Association which serves the entire Chicago metropolitan area and key holders from colleges around the country.

Once you are initiated into Phi Beta Kappa in your junior or senior year in college, you become a lifetime member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society but are not automatically a member of our local Association. Join now »

What We Do

Our Association sponsors interesting intellectual and social events, with the opportunity to meet other talented and well informed individuals – and form lasting friendships. Come to one or more as our guest before you join! Or better yet, suggest a new venture – and help us reach out still further – to “create enthusiasm for pursuits of the mind.”

We also sponsor community service projects, such as awarding scholarships in Chicago Public Schools. Finally, we give the Distinguished Service Award to worthy individuals who have enriched the educational, intellectual, and cultural life of Chicago and honor fellow PBK key holders through our Living Treasure events.

Why Join?

So you say, why join? This is why: As a PBK key holder, you can be proud that you have earned lifelong membership in the national PBK Society.

By joining us you can turn your achievement – induction into Phi Beta Kappa – into more than a pin that you wear on occasion or a line you highlight on your resume. You turn that honor into a deeply appreciated gift to students and offer your talents and knowledge for the intellectual discourse of members and others in the Chicago area. And, who, knows – you may also form lifelong friendships or meet a new special friend. Join now »


If you have a question – or a comment – call or email us. One of our Board members will get right back to you.

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