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The Chicago Architecture Center Auxiliary Board consists of architectural enthusiasts and design professionals interested in Chicago’s architecture.

Founded in 1974, the Auxiliary Board supports the CAC by raising funds for teen programs. The board’s members also serve as cultural ambassadors who represent the CAC. The Auxiliary Board’s signature event is an annual River Cruise that has raised more than $270,000 for CAC programs. 

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Auxiliary Board River Cruise

There’s no better place to be in the summer than Chicago, and every summer the Auxiliary Board River Cruise is the best party on the river. Every August, guests enjoy live music, gourmet food and drinks, and world-class architecture from an unmatched view as we take Trip Advisor’s Top Tour in Chicago and kick it up a notch. Funds raised during this event provide aspiring architects and designers the chance of a lifetime through the CAC’s teen programs. Each River Cruise has a theme; past ones included a Luau, the Sixties and Brazilian Samba dancing.

Additional events and programs

The Auxiliary Board also creates opportunities for their members with access to some of Chicago’s most exclusive sites. Auxiliary Board events are held throughout the year in spaces that are often not open to the public. Past events have included receptions in newly constructed buildings, hardhat tours of historic renovations and a holiday parties in the homes of Auxiliary Board members.

Does this sound like you?

Are you passionate about good design? Auxiliary Board members love Chicago and want to see it grow in the best ways possible. Join the Auxiliary Board to support the CAC and get to know your city. 

  Membership Dues Fundraising Requirement
Individual $175 $250
Household (covers two people) $350 $500

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

Because of their commitment to the CAC, our Auxiliary Board members also encourage friends, contacts and colleagues to:

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

Auxiliary Board Membership Benefits

  • Invitations to exclusive Auxiliary Board programs
  • All benefits associated with Friends & Family membership