Our club started as the Suburban Woodturners in 1998. The club changed its name to the Windy City Woodturners in 2002 to clarify our identity and to more closely align ourselves with our home city of Chicago. The club was initially created and led by a small group of individuals who were also members of the Chicago Woodturners. The new club was created to provide a more familial fellowship and to meet at a location nearer their homes in the south and west suburbs of Chicagoland.
The club was chartered as the 128th local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. There are currently over 350 independent local chapters of the AAW.
Monthly meetings were initially held at the Woodcraft store located in Hickory Hills, IL. Upon the store's closing in 2000 our meetings floated until a new home in Downers Grove was found in 2001. In 2013 the club moved once again to accommodate our growing membership. We now meet in Lisle and have over 70 members.