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Welcome to Blue Star Families of Chicago!

I am a civilian supporter with deep admiration for the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military and Veteran members and their families. I glimpsed the challenges facing our heroes in uniform and their family members when I worked in then Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth’s office. I am honored to work now on behalf of all of our Illinois military and Veteran families.

I would love to connect with you and learn how I can meet your specific needs. I will also keep you informed of upcoming Blue Star Families events, explain how to get involved in our Chapter, and seek your input on how we can be most successful for this community.

Here is to building Blue Star Families’ Chicago Chapter, together.

Very best,

Ben Gould
Chicago Chapter Director
[email protected]




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Blue Star Museums: Take Flight! The Science of Airplanes & History of Women Airf

Learn about the principles of flight by engineering and test-flying your own paper airplanes! Then, hear about the heroic story of Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII. This event is part of the Pritzker Military…

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Signature Programs


Join us in the Blue Star Neighborhood

Blue Star Neighborhood is our new online community exclusively for Blue Star Families members and the newest way to connect with other military spouses and families. You'll find all the latest information about your chapter there as well as access to signing up for events, perks, and exciting exclusive content.

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Town Hall series

Our Homefront & Frontlines Town Hall Series features high-profile speakers covering topics of key importance to military members, Veterans, and their families.

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STARBUCKS: More than a Cup of Coffee

Together with Starbucks, we are committed to strengthening military and Veteran families and connecting Americans to those who serve through opportunities like regular Coffee Connects for military spouses, welcome to the community events, and Yellow Ribbon Trees.

Help build community by sharing your local favorites or signing up to volunteer.


Campaign for Inclusion

All Blue Star Families programming is informed by our research. For this reason, research and advocacy is a key pillar of our Campaign for Inclusion. While all Blue Star Families research in the future will continue to look at data through a racial equity and inclusion lens, our groundbreaking studyThe Diverse Experiences of Military and Veteran Families of Color provides unparalleled insight into how military families experience military life.

Get Settled and Connected

Help sustain our community building efforts or volunteer!

Check out the following national and local resources to empower your family.

Blue Star Careers

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We are listening and working to ensure you have the chance for a fulfilling career during your military journey.

Chapter Sponsors