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Join the Burnham Society—the Chicago Architecture Center's premier giving society—to do the most for architecture appreciation and design education.

Students in Design StudioNamed after legendary architect and Chicago city planner Daniel H. Burnham, the Burnham Society was formed to help the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) achieve its mission to advance public interest in Chicago's magnificent architecture. The society is comprised of donors who appreciate and celebrate the best Chicago has to offer in architecture and design. Burnham Society members gain access to some of the most exclusive spaces in the city and enjoy intimate conversations with elite voices in the field.

Are you considering joining the Burnham Society?

Burnham Society members give a minimum of $1,500 annually and memberships are 100% tax deductible. Within the Burnham Society are two additional donor levels: Leader and Benefactor. Leader level members give at least $2,500  each year and Benefactor level members give $5,000 or more each year.

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Benefits

All Burnham Society members enjoy numerous benefits, including:

Exclusive opportunities

  • Invitations to Burnham Society members-only events. Examples of past events include a private tour of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare with architect Gordon Gill; a behind-the-scenes look at the office of the world-renowned architecture firm Studio Gang; and a holiday party hosted at the iconic Drake Hotel.
  • Invitation to the annual Open House Chicago (OHC) Kick-Off Party.
  • Priority access pass to OHC and its member-only sites.
  • Pre-opening receptions for upcoming exhibitions  with CAC curators.

Free and discounted tours

CAC is at your service

  • Personal concierge service to schedule your tour requests.
  • A year-round, 10% discount in the CAC Store, plus special discounts on Member Appreciation Days.

PLUS...

Additional Leader level ($2,500) benefits

  • Invitation to join the curated Open House Chicago neighborhood tour with the CAC Board of Trustees.

Additional Benefactor level ($5,000) benefits

  • Lunch with the CAC President & CEO.