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Corporate Partners have access to an exclusive series of speakers and panel discussions on topics of particular interest to the region’s business community. Membership also includes invitations to select CAF exhibition openings, receptions, special events and public programs.

Recent Events

Special Event – Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Thalia Hall

July 30, 2014

CAF was thrilled to welcome Corporate Partners to an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Thalia Hall. The Pilsen landmark was recently renovated to its former glory as a performance space after sitting vacant since the 1960s. Attendees enjoyed Thalia Hall signature punch cocktails, a presentation by Tim Samuelson, Chicago's Cultural Historian, and time to explore the building’s many architecture features and unique spaces.

Special Event - ArcelorMittal Design Studio Opening and LEGO® Architecture Studio Kit Launch

September 24, 2013

CAF opened celebrated the opening of the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @CAF, Chicago’s first collaborative learning space focused on architecture, engineering, design, and planning content. The launch party welcomed 85 attendees from the corporate and civic communities who put their creativity to work creating skyscrapers, castles, discos and gardens using the monochromatic bricks in the new LEGO® Architecture Studio.

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Corporate Partner Lunch - Ford Motor Company Design Panel

June 6, 2013

On June 6, CAF co-hosted a lunchtime panel discussion with Ford Motor Company – Big Ideas in Small Spaces: Proportion in Design. Moderated by Diane Atwood, CAF Trustee and Director at the Atwood Foundation, the distinguished panel included:

• J Mays – Group Vice President of Global Design & Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company
• Carlos Martinez – Principal & Regional Design Director at Gensler Chicago & CAF Trustee
• Jonathan Gately – Associate Principal Architect of Design at Jahn & CAF Corporate Partner

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Corporate Partners Breakfast – Social Media Strategies

April 10, 2013

“Social Media Strategies” presented a range of perspectives on and case studies describing the value of new media on business development. More than 60 people attended and heard from some of Chicago’s leading new media experts, including:

• John Tolva – Chief Technology Officer, City of Chicago
• James Kent – Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Thornton Tomasetti
• Jennifer Lucente McElroy – New Media Manager, Chicago Architecture Foundation
• Rick Murray – President, Edelman (moderator)

Corporate Partners Breakfast- Bus Rapid Transit

June 7, 2012

CAF hosted a panel discussion on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) with transportation leaders from Chicago and around the country. The networking breakfast focused on how BRT will affect transit and economic development in the city of Chicago. The event was moderated by Peter Skosey, Vice President of Metropolitan Planning Council. Panelists included:

• Joseph Calabrese – Director, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
• Gabe Klein – Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation
• Ted Orosz – Director, Long Range Bus Planning, MTA New York City Transit
• Rebekah Scheinfeld – Senior VP and Chief Planning Officer, Chicago Transit Authority
• Michael Schwartz – Transportation Planner, San Francisco County Transportation Authority

Special Event- Exclusive Tour of 1871

May 30, 2012

Corporate partners enjoyed a reception and tour at 1871: the new digital collaborative inside the Merchandise Mart. Carlos Martinez of Gensler led tours of the space, and Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center CEO Kevin Willer shared  his vision in creating the city's first hub for emerging technology companies. This event was held in conjunction with CAF's Burnham Society.



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