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What do samba music and Taliesin East have in common? The CAF Auxiliary Board.

Every year, the CAF Auxiliary Board throws a party on the Chicago River. But this isn’t an ordinary party. It’s a party for a great cause. Guests enjoy live music, delicious food and drinks and world-class architecture while raising support for CAF Teen Academy.

Our Auxiliary Board members are dynamic, generous, committed and hardworking. They play a vital role in the success of the Chicago Architecture Foundation and manage to have some fun in the process.

Are you considering joining our Auxiliary Board?

Membership is $175 for an individual or $350 for a household.

In addition to membership dues, Auxiliary Board members also pledge a donation of $250 (individual members) and $500 (household members) annually. This pledge can be satisfied by purchasing tickets to the Annual Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser or by making an equivalent cash donation to CAF.

Because of their commitment to CAF, our members also encourage friends, contacts and colleagues to:

  • Purchase tickets to the Annual CAF Gala.
  • Donate silent auction items for the Annual CAF Gala.
  • Purchase tickets to other Auxiliary Board events.
  • Make a charitable contribution to the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

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Auxiliary Board Membership Benefits

  • Invitations to exclusive Auxiliary Board programs.
  • "Buy two tickets, get two free" on the CAF river cruise or select CAF bus tours.
  • FREE admission to more than 65 walking and bike tours.
  • Four complimentary walking tour passes for guests.
  • Discount on all bus and Segway tours.
  • Invitations to exclusive members-only tours and lectures, family events and CAF member travel programs.
  • Year-round 15% discount in the CAF Shop, with special discounts on Member Appreciation Days.
  • $5 off parking (or $15 for 12-hour parking) at Millennium Park and Grant Park South parking garages.
  • Free subscriptions to CAF Members Magazine and the monthly Member's Column e-newsletter.
  • Priority access pass, advance notice for RSVP-only sites, access to member-only sites and invitation to launch event for Open House Chicago.
  • Discount on LEGO® build Sundays,  family workshops and Spring/Summer camps.
  • FREE family studio sessions.
  • FREE family walking tours.
  • Recognition in CAF's Annual Report.
  • Invitation to CAF's Annual Gala.