The Chicago Map Society boasts an active group of members from the Chicagoland area and the greater United States. The only requirement for membership in the Chicago Map Society is an interest in cartography. Our monthly presentations range from historical topics to explanations of the use of cutting-edge technology in mapping. For instance, past presentations have included “Ptolemy’s Geography and Renaissance Mapmakers” and a talk on how the use of digital methods has enabled mapping on a whole new scale. Our speakers typically include academics, working professionals, and members of the society.


Membership benefits include a subscription to Mapline, a newsletter co-published by the Chicago Map Society and the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at The Newberry. Members receive monthly meeting notices, and a chance to share maps from their own collections at our annual holiday party. In addition, the Society occasionally sponsors field trips to view local private and institutional collections. We have also published several books that feature cartography in the Chicago area.

The Chicago Map Society has a number of different membership levels, as listed below. Please note that the Chicago Map Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and that Contributing and Sustaining members may consider that portion of their dues above the general level a charitable donation.

Membership Levels

If you would prefer to pay by check, please print and fill out this Membership Form, and mail it along with your check to:

Chicago Map Society Treasurer
The Newberry
60 W Walton St
Chicago, IL 60610