The Chicago Chapter of Ikebana International was founded in 1959. It began as a grassroots effort organized by Mary Takahashi through the encouragement of Ikebana International founder, Ellen Gordon Allen. By October of 1959, the Chapter was officially recognized by Ikebana International as Chapter #27.
The members would meet on a regular basis, forming friendships and sharing the same goal, to promote the Art. Chapter members do not belong to any one school or practice one Ikebana style. We are a consortium of many Ikebana schools. As a result, each artist's individuality is appreciated and respected because each artist brings something new to the table.
Through our Ikebana exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops we enhance the relationship between different people by cultivating international understanding and goodwill.