Frequently Asked Questions...


What is the Atlanta Illini Club?
We are a regional supplemental chapter of the University of Illinois Alumni Association. We welcome alumni and friends of all three campuses of the University of Illinois who live in the Atlanta, Georgia area.  We host social events, cultural outings, alumni networking, student recruitment, and community service activities in the Atlanta area.

How is the Club related to the University of Illinois Alumni Association?
The Alumni Association provides direction for our Club and co-sponsors selected Club events.  The Club maintains its own membership list and e-mails only to Club members. 

Who are our members?
We have members who graduated in the 1950s and everywhere in between.  They live in town and in the burbs. One couple comes from Gainesville, GA and rarely misses an event. We have singles, marrieds, even a few U of I couples.  Some were born and raised in this area and were out-of-staters at U of I; some were originally Midwesterners.  We even have a 4th generation Illini. We also have a number of friends of Illini who attend our game watches.

What kinds of social events do we offer?
We try to offer a variety of programs since we have such a diverse membership.  Some highlights include:
• Big Ten Events: Picnic, Pub crawl, Braves Game, Networking & Social
• Outings to Hawks vs Utah (Deron Williams) & Braves vs. Cubs & Cards
• Fighting Illini Football and Basketball watching at a sports bar
• Annual fall party & Annual Club dinner with guest speakers from campus

Where do you meet for Game Watches?
We meet at the
Rose & Crown Tavern1931 Powers Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339-5613 (just North of I-75 & I-285). Phone (770) 933-5595.  Directions on our Contact Us page.

What does it cost?
Membership in the Atlanta Illini club is currently free. Game watches are free - you buy your own food and drink. The Big Ten Networking events are free to attend, munchies are provided and there is a cash bar. The Big Ten Picnic is cheaper than going to McDonald's and includes all food, drink and games. The Pub Crawl has a charge but it is to raise money for charity.


I have a great idea for an Illini Club event. Who should I contact?
Your Illini Club can be all you want it to be.  Have you attended an event in the past that you would like to see again?  Are you familiar with another organization that had a very enjoyable outing?  Would you like to help by organizing the event? We welcome all ideas Atlanta Illini Club events. Please send an e-mail to or click here to view other ways to contact the club.