The Chicago Council on Global Affairs was founded as The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations on February 20, 1922 with the name change occurring in 2006. At its inception, the council included 23 members with the purpose of opposing what they viewed as U.S. isolationism during the first World War. A nonpartisan organization, it is committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning.
The Chicago Council hosts public programs and private events featuring world leaders and experts with views on global topics. The council runs task forces, conferences, studies, and leadership dialogue.