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 are
but 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 com
unities in need. It is Just one

lasting legacy of the Greatest Generation.American Patriots

who shed their blood for the free-

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 pre-

serve this lesson as an heirloom for
future generations. 

Despite our connection to the veterans
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 every one of us, committed to 


improving theworld 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,
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