In the fall of 1900, twelve gentlemen in Chicago’s wholesale drug business conceived the idea which evolved into our present Association, by inviting business associates to join with them in the newly formed Chicago Drug Trade Club.
The original members enjoyed substantial benefits from their memberships. After World War I, many new pharmaceutical and chemical operations were developed in the Chicago area.
At that time, a new and broader concept for the Club arose, and in 1920, the Chicago Drug and Chemical Association was formed.
In 1936, the Association was established as a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Illinois.
The Association has grown from its original twelve members to its current membership of nearly 300 men and women of responsible position. Many of the nations’ and regions’ leading drug, chemical and allied industries are represented.
Through regular luncheons and other gatherings, the Association encourages the establishment of rapport and good will among its members and guests, and presents informative topics of current interest.
Our Annual Holiday Party, Golf Outings and several other special events during the year provide members, their families and guests the chance to network and enjoy each other’s company, and insure that the Association will achieve its stated purpose: “to foster and promote good will among its members.”
In the late 1900s’ CD&CA added a philanthropic element to the organization by creating an education fund that offers college scholarships to students within the memberships family.
Having achieved more than a century of service to its membership, the Chicago Drug and Chemical Association, its Officers and Directors look forward with excitement and anticipation to continuing this proud tradition of dedication to our purpose.