The foremost growth and networking organization for business owners and leaders in Greater Chicago.

Benefits of Membership

If accepted, you can look forward to a suite of benefits designed to help you grow your business.


Get published on

Members are selected for the Council based on their depth and diversity of experience, then invited to share their insights via CommunityVoice on Write business articles or submit brief industry-related tips when you’re short on time. Our in-house editorial team will guide you through a professional editing process to ensure your content meets the criteria and is primed for audience engagement.

Get a Forbes Executive Profile

Add to your visibility and credibility with your own Executive Profile page on Your custom page ranks high in search results for your name and includes your executive and company bios; your areas of expertise and skills; and links to your social profile and website so visitors can connect with you directly.

Leadership and Revenue Growth

Access support when needed with on-demand content created exclusively for members. Dig in even deeper with one-on-one executive and business coaching opportunities. For an additional cost, get matched with a certified coach on our team who will personally guide your company to reaching vital business milestones.

Attend exclusive events and experiences

Our expert events team plans gatherings for members of Forbes Chicago Business Council and VIP guests. At these events, members have the opportunity to strengthen existing connections and build new ones. We also provide access to exclusive art, charity, fashion, sports, film, and music experiences.

Prestige of association with the Forbes brand

Membership in Forbes Chicago Business Council is based on an application and committee review. Business leaders who receive an invitation to join have proven themselves a step above the competition. Members can showcase that accomplishment to customers, partners, and peers with Forbes branded press releases, digital badges, and custom awards.

Build your community of support

Join the region’s brightest and most generous community of business leaders. Unlike other professional groups, we select members who are interested in giving as much as they get. In our online forum and at our exclusive events, members pose questions and get fast, smart answers. They openly share opportunities and collaborate on new partnerships or ideas. This community of support will quickly become one of your most valuable business assets.

Allow our concierges to help

Business leaders have to wear many hats. A helping hand (or two) can go far in helping you succeed. That’s where our concierge team comes in — consider them members of your own team. Email, chat, or call them anytime to find answers, get introductions, ask for resources, and more.

Get discounts on high-end brands and services

When you’re growing a business, every dollar matters. We’ve secured discounts that help you stretch your budget on everything from technology to travel. Overwhelmed by the options? Our concierge team will help you narrow down our pre-approved list of partners to find the right provider at an exclusively low rate.

Access your benefits on the go

All of these benefits and more are available from web- and mobile-optimized dashboards. Log in to find a searchable directory of fellow members, a marketplace of partner deals, writing guidance, free educational resources, events calendars, and more. Plus, chat our concierge team right from the dashboard anytime you have a question.

Are you ready to take advantage of membership in Forbes Chicago Business Council?

Confirm you fit the following criteria then click to apply.

  • Owner, founder, or executive leader of a business
  • Operating out of the Greater Chicago area
  • Generating at least $500,000 in annual revenue or funding


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