Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service
The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of nearly 15,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the United Kingdom. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.
Over the last five decades, the Chicago Chapter Cotillions have become one of the most prestigious social events in the city. For over the last 59 years, the Chicago Links debutante cotillion has been a time-honored tradition that honors the positive academic accomplishments and extracurricular achievements of young, African American Women in the Chicagoland area.
The Links, Incorporated
Founded in 1950, The Chicago (IL) Chapter became the 19th chapter of The Links, Incorporated and the first chapter established in the state of Illinois. Currently, there are 58 active members and 23 alumnae members. Chapter membership is comprised of outstanding women dedicated to the rich tradition of friendship, commitment and service.