Mission Statement

Charity. Justice. Brotherly Love.
Fidelity. These are the cardinal
principles of our Order, tenets by
which we conduct ourselves.
The 1526 is our personal refuge,
a place that we call home.

It is our comfort, our place of rest.
A warm fireplace, a stiff drink, a
stocked kitchen and friends to share
it with arebut one source of our happiness, one aspect of our Order. Membership is our privilege. Growth
is our reward. Commitment is our lifeblood. 

The Benevolent and Protective Order

of Elks maintains a rich and colorful history. Founded in 1868, it has spanned over 150 years of dedicated service to individuals and communities 

in need. It is Just one lasting legacy of the Greatest Generation.American Patriots

who shed their blood for the
doms we enjoy today. That Greatest Generation instilled
within each of 
us a sense of duty and sacrifice in favor of a brighter tomorrow, and it is incumbent upon us all to preserve this lesson as an heirloom for future generations. 

Despite our connection to the
of yesteryear, we are not a vets organization. To consider us as such would be a disservice to the thousands of members within
our ranks who were not fortunate
enough serve. We are, however, each 
and everyone of us,


committed to improving the
world where possible. 
We are
also a social Order, for with
duty comes concession. We
work hard to play hard. With
Elks, a life of service begets
a life of privilege. We are living
proof that the best of both
worlds can be had. 

Lodge No. 1526 in Des Plaines,
Illinois is the premier lodge of the
Chicagoland area and but one
chapter of this vast Order. We

invite you to view our website
and hope that you will gain insight
into our organization.Perhaps

you too will consider joining us
as a full-fledged member of the
Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks.  

     Des Plaines Elks Lodge #1526 • 495 Lee Street  Des Plaines, IL 60026 • 847-824-1526