About Us

The First Chapter. It means a lot. It means looking forward while remembering our history, thinking big, and constantly challenging ourselves to live up to our legacy. Chicago Chapter, NSDAR was established on March 20, 1891, as the first chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Today, our members participate in the Chicago community and are dedicated to our society’s mission of promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. Find out more about DAR Chicago’s history as the first chapter here. The DAR was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts more than 175,000 members in over 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. DAR Chicago is one of 106 chapters in the State of Illinois, the largest in the State.