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Special Events

The Chicago Architecture Foundation holds several special events throughout the year to recognize innovations in the field, honor the movers and shakers in the industry, and further the mission of the organization. Three special events held annually include the Patron of the Year awards luncheon, the Chicago Architecture Foundation Annual Gala, and the Auxiliary Board River Cruise Fundraiser.

The Corporate Partners program also presents a series of events throughout the year, including the Corporate Partners Breakfast Series, the annual Corporate Cruise, and various lectures and tours. Learn more about becoming a Corporate Partners member and to participate in these unique events.

Auxiliary Board River cruise

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise, Chicago First Lady boat

Samba on the River: A River Cruise Benefiting the CAF Taliesin Scholars

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

5:30pm Boarding
6:00pm Cruise

Join us for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and Brazilian music as we raise money for the CAF Taliesin Scholars!

Board at the south east corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker drive. Look for the blue awning and CAF staff to direct you down to the dock! 

Registration is now closed.

Can't attend the cruise? Make a donation to the Taliesin Scholars >>


Rob and Lisa Flanagan, Bob and Helen Berland, and Debbie and Tom Kerwin
photo credit: Steve Becker


photo credit: Anne Evans

Annual Gala

The Chicago Architecture Foundation hosted the 38th Annual Gala on Friday, April 19th, 2013 at Radisson Blu Aqua. Celebrating the theme "Architecture is Art," we honored Richard and Mary L. Gray for their role as dedicated patrons of art and architecture in Chicago. See photos of the event!

Patron of the Year Awards

Unique among architecture awards, Patron of the Year awards honor business leaders who, by commissioning and financing buildings, significantly contribute to Chicago’s built environment. Sponsored by Stein Ray LLP, with additional support provided by Crain’s Chicago Business, the awards annually draw a list of impressive nominees and winners. Learn more about the nomination process, jury, and award winners.



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