Membership is open to men of every race, religion, culture, and income level. The basic requirements for membership are as follows:
-Be age 18 or older
-Have resided in Illinois resident for at least six months (unless specially waived)
-Be able to read and write English
-Be of good moral and social character; and
-Believe in a Supreme Deity (necessary to take certain oaths, otherwise no obligation would be binding upon you).
Men usually seek out a Lodge near their home or workplace or ask a Mason they know to recommend a Lodge to them. Masonry is not for everyone, however. It does not purport to reform bad men, only to provide a lifelong opportunity for good men to improve themselves and those around them.
The Masonic Fraternity seeks only men of good character as members. In fact, Masonic Lodges are required to review every applicant’s moral and social character, and members must be unanimously balloted upon in a Lodge by all members present.
Alternately, an Illinois Mason can inform a good man that he knows that should he wish to join, he is welcome to do so under a program called Invitation to Petition. So, if a Mason who knows you believes you have the requisite character traits, he may propose you for membership in a Lodge and have your name balloted upon, and then inform you of this action.
Or you may proactively seek out me mbership on your own by asking a Mason for a petition or by printing and cofilling out the petition form from the link in the right hand side of the page. In any case, the choice is still yours.